Tour to Oskarshamn, Västervik, and Stockholm

07 May 2011

We have had a great time the past week teaching and playing in Southern Sweden. It took over 17 hours (over 2 days) to drive from Piteå to Oskarshamn. Jake and Maria had never driven a stick shift before, but got the hang of it after a few 100 kilometers of dragging a huge trailer!

We spent 2 days in Oskarshamn teaching and coaching the students from the area. They were really responsive to everything we had to say and ended the sessions with a large group concert. Anders and Anna joined us as well, and it was a huge success. The newspapers even picked up on our visit: Article in Oskarshamn newspaper

Next, we drove an hour north to Anders’ hometown of Västervik. We performed withhis brother, Tomas’, men’s choir. They loved our version of Swedish folk tunes with Anna!

Yesterday was a free day which we spent in the most relaxing environment possible: on a boat in the Archipelago! It was great to spend time with Anders and Tomas, get some fresh air and have a true Swedish experience!

Now we are in Stockholm and will work with Rolf’s students in the Army band tomorrow before heading back up to Piteå. It’s been a successful week…full of great music and lots of bonding!