Extraordinary. Unique. Humbling. There are many adjectives that could be used to describe the fraternity of Salvation Army Staff Bands....it is an extraordinary and unique thing, and particularly humbling given the special place that seems to be accorded the ISB within that fraternity.Today was a day when experienced members of the band were reminded of this, and when new members got to experience it for the first time. Today was essentially what the whole two week tour had been building up to, indeed the justification of the tour itself.
Following the long journeys of the previous two days, we boarded the coach in Ballarat for the relatively short journey to Melbourne for the final leg of the tour. As has become usual on these early morning trips, everybody was quite subdued.
After a good night sleep and breakfast the band set off for Ballarat. On route a brief stop was made at Mt Gambiers’ ‘Blue Lake’, a significant dormant volcano now full of water. We learnt that the water is blue in colour due to the areas mineral make up, during winter the water can appear chocolate brown and that this is the main water supply for the area.