Andy Clausen reports from the Roosevelt High School big band tour of europe:

We have had an amazing first week touring through France.

On Monday we flew into Paris and immediately drove to Beaune. After one night in this beautiful old village, we drove to a small town outside of Lyon.

On Wednesday, we opened for Le Big Band de L’Ouest at The Periscope Club in Lyon. It was a lot of fun to hang with the band and hear them play.

On Thursday, we were scheduled to perform at Jazz A Vienne; the biggest jazz festival in France. Unfortunately, due to poor weather, our outdoor concert was cancelled. But we had the great opportunity of hearing Ornette Coleman on the main stage that evening.

Friday we drove through the beautiful countryside to St. Maximin in the heart of the Provence region. We had a great performance that evening in the town square of a very small village near St. Maximin. On saturday, we performed at church in another small provencal town. On Sunday we drove from St. Maximin, along the Cote D’Azur all the way to Monterosso Al Mare. This town is one of five small costal villages known as Cinque Terre. We have a performance schedule on Tuesday night. Then we will for to Florence and Perugia.

What a great opportunity.

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