The Advocate Brass Band got a taste of Greek culture on its third concert trip in July when it visited ancient cities where the Olympic Games originated in Olympia, where Apostle Paul walked in Corinth, and where all the men in the mountain town of Kalavrita in northern Greece were killed during World War II.
The band also saw the laid-back Greeks go wild in Athens after winning the first ever European soccer competition. As one person said: "Athens was like an unfortified city after the soccer game."
The first concert in Greece was at the Fourth of July celebration at the American Embassy in Athens, followed by appearances in Markopoulo and Kalavrita. Concerts also were held at Hofburg Gardens in Innsbruck, Austria, a church courtyard in Lana, Italy, and a community center in Herforst, Germany.
Greece is a country where the color blue always is visible. It is bordered by the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea to the south and mountains to the north. When the sea was not visible, the color blue was seen in the sky that never shed a raindrop (while the band was there), the national flag of blue and white that was visible on buildings, walls, vehicles and souvenir stands, and the Olympic Games souvenirs that featured the country's colors.