North Italy 2001 - The Italian Job...
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Manx National Youth Band, and the 5th anniversary
it was decided by popular consensus that it would be a wonderful for the combined bands to tour Northern
America. After some investigation, we were faced with the stark reality that the costs of this would probably
involve the re-mortgaging of several properties, sales of cars and even car boot sales (although, what use a
boot is without the car is beyond me!!)
So, a wise man came upon us and told us, "hey yessirs, If ye decide to go somewhere, eh.. .closer to home, it
may not involve the financial sacrifice, broken homes/marriages etc....", "ah", we all said...."what a grand
idea, how much is a pint-a-larger in Italy?"
On 30th July 2001, the combined forces of the Manx National Youth Band and Manx Concert Brass set sail, not for
Italy, but Liverpool, to catch a coach to Birmingham, to board our flight to Milan. (at time of writing only 7
sleeps to go!!!) Click here to find out what we are officially telling those who stay behind we will be getting
up to. There will be a full no-holes-barred report of our shenanigans in Northern Italy when (if) we return.
On behalf of the travelling party, and the committee, I would like to thank Mark Lewin, who has organised this
tour for both bands in association with Rayburn Tours.