2017 saw a welcome return to the beautiful town of Valkenburg in The Netherlands. This was Jay’s
first tour in command and during our stay we performed at two popular venues including the
prestigious bandstand in the centre of Luxembourg City. Both tour concerts were enthusiastically
received by an internationally diverse audience who loudly applauded our programme of well known
popular pieces.
It wasn’t all work though, as the band enjoyed social events including the historic caves, a chairlift
and toboggan run, an underground laser quest challenge, ten pin bowling, a cruise on the River
Maas, a walk into town in the evening to watch a fantastic samba band and an exciting white
knuckle day at the popular ‘Phantasia Theme Park’ in Germany. As usual, much of the tour was paid
for through fund raising events, with every band member working hard during busking sessions at
John Lewis and M&S.
A big thank you to tour polo shirt sponsors ‘Sturdy Print and Design’ who helped us ensure that the
bright orange polo shirts kept us all visible in the crowd and therefore much safer.
Every single member of the band enjoyed themselves and SHYBB continues to make St Helens and
the greater banding movement proud.

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