Jazz students from Newquay Tretherras entertainment crowds on a joint tour that saw two school bands tour the north of Italy. As part of the Activates Week programme Tretherras staff arranged a joint tour to the beautiful Lake Garda.
During the summer the Tretherras and Penryn College School jazz bands perform in venues around Lake Garda and Verona. John Greaves, conductor and teacher of brass in both schools, led both bands.
43 students in total with instruments tour the scenic ‘Veneto” region of Italy. Students took in the cultural experience by visiting the historical town of Simione, having a boat trip on the lake, see the striking views and sampling the local cuisine.
The Jazz band performed for three days in a variety of locations and to a mix of audiences, who greatly enjoyed and appreciated them. The concert on day four was performed in a 14th century Venetian villa at the foot of Mount Baldo.
The group managed a day off and took the opportunity of a day trip to Venice.
The final concert saw both bands perform in Piazza Carlo Alberta in Pastrengo, near Verona. The concert was well attended by community members in the town centre square. The touring band was presented with a plaque and a map of the village as a mark of gratitude.
Mr Jono Knight, Head of Music at Newquay Tretherras commented, “During the journey home we handed out awards to everyone for their individual contribution to this tremendous tour. Definitely the best tour Tretherras has done and the amalgamation of the two bands was seamless. Hopefully, we’ll have another one in the near future!”