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Music Tours

Every two years, Thomas Hassall students have the opportunity to participate 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:

2017  Melbourne
During the Easter school holidays, our Senior Concert & Stage Bands, along with our Senior Vocal Group participated in the College’s first music tour to Melbourne. Commencing with a gig at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, our students performed very well to a healthy crowd in the Big Top Amphitheatre. Travelling on the College coach through Canberra and Albury, including a public lunchtime performance in Albury, the students then arrived in Melbourne.

Within the six day tour, our students performed eight gigs, ranging from public performances and workshops, to radio interviews, recording and even busking. All of our students performed extremely well on the tour, and as the days went by, students played better and better each time, the setup and pack-up of each gig got faster, and friendships and support for each other grew stronger. Students will definitely remember this tour for the rest of their lives. This tour provided a range of musical activities that professional musicians would participate in whilst on a professional tour.

In addition to all the gigs, students also participated in a range of social and tourist activities, including viewing the famous Aladdin musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre, a boat cruise on the Yarra River, late night shopping, movie night, a visit to Luna Park, and travelling up the largest viewing tower in the southern hemisphere, Eureka 88 Observation Deck, to enjoy a 360 degree view of Melbourne by night.

Some of the students shared their tour thoughts with us:
"The Melbourne music tour provided me an opportunity to consolidate and improve my personal and ensemble skills. The tour gave myself and many others a chance to gauge our level of musicality with other schools around the country and provide confidence to our soloing ability." Ali Dursun (Year 12)

"The Melbourne music tour was a brilliant experience which gave us a glimpse of all the musical possibilities out there waiting for us to explore. I would recommend the music tour to future music students as it is one experience which you will never forget. The music tour gives students exposure to the world, helping them build confidence, improve musically, develop new friendships and introduces you to many different musical aspects such as busking, public performances and radio interviews. Music tours give students a taste of what it is like to be a musician." 
Nashita Hussain (Year 8)

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 talented 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.