After a month of photo-video-post-editing and personal stuff, I'm now writing this blog about my recent visit to Cuba, which was under a Cultural Exchange Permit, together with 79 other band members and roadies of The California Repercussions Marching Band.
It was amazing to have witnessed magnificent sceneries, tasted delicious food, drank tons of Mojitos and Cuba Libres, met lots of friendly Cuban people, and experienced a lot of fun. Of course, I won't forget the wonderful parade of vintage cars. They were everywhere! It was like a huge street car show. Colorful 1950s Chevys all around, I couldn't help but stop and stare. Wow!
Music played an important role during this exchange. The California Repercussions shared wonderful music with other musicians and bands who also shared with us their great talents. I witnessed how music brought everybody together. They all cheered, clapped their hands, and danced to the beat. They all did it as one with the rhythm. It was simply beautiful. Two countries joined together by familiar beats, lyrics, and harmony. Two countries shared the tambourines, exchanged the wonderful sound of trumpets, clarinets, trombones, flutes, and saxophones. They were all one with music. Some Cubans may not know the English language, and some Americans may not know Spanish, but when music played, they all understood each other. It was fantastic!
All I can say is that I had fun taking photos and videos of the whole Exchange. It's a trip I'd never forget. I wish that I'd owned a better camera equipment. Still, I'm happy with what I got. I'm cherishing the awesome memory. Thanks to the band's great organizers, John and Katie Horn, and our incredible travel agent Suzanne Carlson of Carlson Maritime Travel.
Stay tuned for the next band trip! For now, enjoy the videos I recorded...