Shaker Heights is a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio in the United States, and its band was on a "Shaker Crosses the Alps" tour of Northern Italy and Austria.
Here are some videos and photos of the students, their entourage, and their audience in Venice:The Shaker Heights High School Band presented a free outdoor concert in the Campo San Stefano, one of Venice's larger squares. (Venice's music conservatory is just around the corner from where the band performed.)Trombones are always fun to watch, and the Shaker Heights Raiders have more trombones than some university bands do--as you'll see in this short video, which also shows a glimpse of the saxophone section.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy--and Jill a dull girl--so Cheryl and Maggie were happy to see the pom-pom girls, flag line, or cheerleaders (a.k.a. the girls in the white dresses) break from character and interact with the crowd.In this longer clip, which we've titled "Percussion and Pom Poms," you can hear the drum section beat out a rhythm for two minutes while pom poms bounce above the mob of musicians and onlookers.
During the concert, an adult member of the band's posse handed this souvenir whistle to Cheryl, while our dog Maggie got to pose for pictures with a couple of friendly band members.