In March 2013, David McGuffin's Exploring Europe brought over 200 high school band students on a tour around Ireland. The band performed across the country at local schools, jazz festivals and even in the small town pubs. They experienced the country side, the small town charms of Dingle, the shopping streets of Galway and of course, Dublin. The trip culminated with the band marching in the St. Patrick's Day band. Spruce Creek marched with seventeen other bands from across the world and placed first overall!
The high schoolers are part of a band program that travels frequently. They have been able to explore the world and experience new cultures. It was a pleasure to be able to accompany them on this trip. The purpose of this film was to document the students' experience on a David McGuffin trip and show other bands what an invaluable experience world travel can be for a student and musician. This video was distributed to hundreds at a National Band Conference in Chicago, Illinois this December.