A Big Band Tour to Belgium

Last updated: May 2nd, 2023

This summer saw members of the Thurlstone Brass Band embark upon the organisation’s first ever trip abroad – a four day visit to Belgium. As well as experiencing the cobbled streets and winding canals that epitomise this country, the tour gave members the chance to perform in venues ranging from Bruges’ vibrant Market Square to the renowned Menin Gate.

Taking in the sights and sounds of the charming city of Bruges was the first order for band members, opting to explore the city by foot, canal boat and horse-drawn carriage before preparing for their concert in the main square.

With the weather being kind all weekend – dry and warm, but not too hot – Thurlstone Brass Band’s concert attracted a crowd of hundreds and their reception to the programme was overwhelming.

“This was a brilliant place to play …in a beautiful setting with hundreds of people stopping to listen and saying how they enjoyed it.”

Mrs Bates, Thurlstone Brass Band, Belgium, 2018

The final performance would not disappoint as members assembled at the Menin Gate to take part in the daily Last Post Association Ceremony of Remembrance. This was a moving experience for many of the band who rose magnificently to the occasion and received high acclaim after the event for their performances of “Prelude on Lavenham” and “The Day Thou Gavest”.

Band M.D., Graham Bates, commented:

“This was a superbly organised trip where everything went to plan and everyone played their part both socially and musically. The trip epitomised what we are all about as an organisation. Everyone pulls together and gets on really well.

It’s been a great experience for everyone and we’ll all take away special memories.”

“Thanks to Rayburn Tours’ excellent organisation our band tour ran like clockwork and everyone really enjoyed every minute!”

Mrs Bates, Thurlstone Brass Band, Belgium, 2018

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