by Musician 1st Class Lauren Cook
At St. Olaf, I was able to go on five tours with various ensembles, which made catching up with my friends after the concert all the more nostalgic. We compared home stay stories, bus dates, and significant performances. We all travelled with the orchestra to Spain, and it was fun to recount our adventures as we went from city to city to give concerts to supportive audiences. The tours were what ultimately shaped my college experience, and I have no doubt that it will be tours that define much of my career with the Navy Band. Since this is my first tour with the band, it has been amusing to note the transformation the band goes through over the span of the month, not only with regard to the performances, but in the adaptations we make the longer we are on the road. We become experts in scoping out the quirky shops in town, scouting out local hotspots, and venturing beyond commonplace activities to give us inspiration for each concert. I’ve become a pro at cramming my newest findings into my suitcase and carrying even more experiences in the back of my mind. It won’t be long before I build a catalog of memories as we go across the country, playing for one enthusiastic crowd after another.