Our first full day in Salzburg took our intrepid crew to the local Salt Mine museum where we explored, via tram, boat and wooden slide the history of "white gold" or salt. This magical substance was mined as far back as the Celts in pre-Roman times in these mountains and changed society because of its food preserving elements as well as it's curative effects to human health as well. We had to don salt mine "scrubs" and go about 1km into the mountain to explore the old mine.
Then we went to Mondsee and toured the beautiful Baroque cathedral where the wedding of Maria and Captain Von Trapp was filmed for the movie "The Sound of Music" .
Finally it was time to get ready to perform. The wrinkle in all of this is that Mark Gahm, our band director, went to the hospital just after he arrived as he was really sick. They kept him through today and that prevented him from participating in our first concert. So...with a lot of great help from the Wind Ensemble members, Mr. Boates led both groups through the KonzertRotunde in Bad Reichenhall. The students were champions all and the concert was well-received by approximately 100+ attendees. We were all excited to get this first performance under our belts.