concert will be in early February, 2015 (TBA)
Alushta student visit (Nov. 29 - Dec. 12, 2008) - 21 students from
and 6 adults visited Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz City Band and the Alushta Music
School Band performed together and separately in a concert on December 8
(click on the "Sounds" link to the left for some audio and video
clips). During their stay in Santa
Cruz the students were hosted by local families
and they experienced many activities and events.
Trip to Alushsta,
8-18, 2008) - Music is a language that needs no translation, as members of the Santa Cruz City Band discovered on
their recent trip to sister city Alushta, Ukraine.
The band played 2 concerts in this city situated on the Black Sea coast of
the Crimean Peninsula
In one concert the Santa Cruz
band combined with the Alushta Music School Band
to perform before a packed auditorium. During the concert conductor
John Thomas announced the donation of several instruments (clarinet,
trumpet, trombone and tuba) to the music school. During the trip the Santa Cruz band members were treated to outings at
wineries, museums, the czar's palace in Yalta, a public school, an afternoon at a
spa and a day of horseback riding in the mountains. The band made many
friends and highlights were a meeting with local government officials, and
parties given by the parents of the music school students and the Rotary
Club of Alushta.