A feature of this tour has been the opportunity for all the Band to meet the audience at the end of each concert. As we pass out our ISB pins, people share their thoughts of the evening with us. This is often a humbling and yet encouraging experience, as we listen to instant feedback on the effect of our ministry. Tonight was no exception, with everyone, young and old, expressing how they had either been uplifted, blessed or encouraged by the event.
The International Staff Band play the popular Paul Lovett-Cooper piece written for the band in 2011 to celebrate the bands 120th anniversary. Recorded during the 2015 Australia Tour.
It was another 6am start today although this morning was different in as much as it was raining heavily. Mike Calland and I had the dubious honour of being first to breakfast, until we were interrupted by the next arrivals, Steve Hanover and Nigel Hills.
We awoke this morning to find that our trip had finally succumbed to that all too familiar British phenomenon of bringing our wet weather with us abroad. Spirits were hardly dampened, as many of the bandsmen enjoyed some early morning local sightseeing with their billets to Lighthouse Beach and the koala hospital near the corps. As we said our goodbyes and departed from many newly forged friendships, there was a real sense of Christian fellowship between us despite only having been acquainted for less than 24 hours. Such is the special family we all share through Christ.
After an excellent alfresco gourmet breakfast (bacon & eggs) - individually made and delivered to our rooms and following Stephen Williams' first swim of the day in the motel pool, we hit the road again.
This would turn out to be a particularly good day for one of our members, Richard Woodrow. After just 40 mins of the journey, he realised that his uniform was still hung up in his motel room! So sheepishly he made his way to the front...of the bus to confess!
It is with great sadness that we can now confirm that Derick Kane is not able to join the band for the remainder of the tour due to health reasons.
Derick is greatly missed by everyone, not just for his outstanding musicianship but for everything that he brings to the band.
We wish him well in his recovery and look forward to seeing him on our return.
Day 3 of the tour commenced with another hearty breakfast. Despite many of the band stating their healthy eating intent I notice copious amounts of full English cooked breakfasts being consumed. I guess the excuse is that it sustains us all for another full day as we travel down to Ballina.