6/3/18 - Band completes international tour to South Africa
40+ members of the University of Notre Dame Band recently completed a concert tour through South Africa, marking the program's first trip to the African continent. In collaboration with the Hout Bay Music Project, band members took part in a clinic and performance with the organization whose mission is to provide quality music education to students from underprivileged areas of the Hout Bay area. The following day, band members returned to Cape Town for a performance at the famous V&A Waterfront.
The next stop was a performance at the Greyton Music Festival, which was followed by a workshop with local brass band members. The next day, the band travelled to Knysna and performed for a local primary school, visited the Kynsna Elephant Park, and played at the nearby Vineyard Church. After an early morning trip to Johannesburg, the band performed at the city's National School of the Arts for an enthusiastic audience.
En route to the Entabeni Conservancy, the band performed for the Pretoria-East Primary School and Matlaila Primary School in Mookgophong. The arrival at Entabeni was succeeded by a number of wildlife game drives, and a final concert at the park's amphitheatre for members of the Sterkfontein School.