Every two years, Thomas Hassall students have the opportunity to particpate in our band program music tour. Our tours can be overseas or interstate and have proved to be very successful learning experiences with life long memories for the students involved. Recent tours have included:
2015 - New Zealand (Combined with Penrith Anglican College)
This tour was our second trip to New Zealand, this time visiting the South Island. Our Senior Concert Band, Stage Band and Vocal Group teamed up with similar ensembles from Penrith Anglican to create a fantastic mega tour band. Students visited and performed in a variety of locations, including Mount Cook, Queenstown, Dunedin, Milford Sound and a beautiful little country village called Te Anau. Performances from students ranged from concert events to school workshops and assembly performances, even street busking! Students also participated in cultural events such as the haka and enjoyed adrenalin pumping activities including the famous mountain luge in Queenstown. It was very pleasing to see life long friendships formed between both Colleges.
2013 - Queenland
This was the first time the Senior Concert Band and Stage Band had toured together. An action-packed five day tour in which students performed at Dreamland, The Big Pineapple, shopping centres and even a live interview/performance on ABC radio - an invaluable experience. Students also visited two other Anglican schools and participated in joint workshops and performances with their ensembles. Social activites such as visiting theme parks and outdoor go-karting where a key part of the itinerary too.
2011 - New Zealand
Our first international tour of our extremely talenated Senior Stage Band, featuring two very talented vocalists. We travelled to the North Island city of Rotorua which is famous for it's 'smell' of sulphur from volcanoes and which took a little getting used to. The students performed at stunning outdoor locations with spectacular views, visited local schools and performed for the community. They even signed autographs for the audience who thoroughly enjoyed our performance. Students also participated in cultural activities, visited interesting attractions such as the volcano centre (where an egg was boiled in a hot spring!) and a reptile park where they had a close encounter with the Kiwi. A very memorable tour for all involved.