23rd July 2018
I would like to thank you for making the Tacoma Concert Band’s trip to Scotland and Ireland such a fantastic success. As travel coordinator for the band II have helped the TCB travel to Europe on 4 different occasions. I can say without hesitation that your work on this trip exceeded any expectation that we might have hoped for. The hotels, the meals, the transportation, the drivers and guides, were all first class. Most important to us were the venues and performances that you arranged – they were fabulous. From our first performance at Sterling Castle, our performance at the National Concert Hall, our competition performances at the “South of Ireland” band competition (we were really proud to win the trophy for best band), to our final performance at St Mary’s Cathedral (amazingly good for a large concert band) your attention to finding good venues, arranging for rehearsals, advance publicity, and effort in drawing an audience was above and beyond what we could have hoped for.
Your effort in making our trip a joy for everyone – of the 109 total in our group only 57 were in the band – was most appreciated. You arranged a true “Irish/Scottish Experience” for us. We feel that we got to know the culture of Ireland, the friendliness of the people, the history of the area, and certainly the cuisine (fantastic meals). Some of the highlights included “Kissing the Blarney Stone”, visiting the “Book of Kells”, performing in a castle, and certainly “Seans Bar”. I will without hesitation recommend to any group that may be considering a trip to Ireland, Scotland, or England that they contact you first. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to talk with anyone wanting to discuss a trip to the British Isles. I hope that someday in the future we get the opportunity to work with you again.
Tacoma Concert Band Travel Coordinator