The Revelstoke Secondary School Band is in Scotland this week. .
They met at the school at 4 a.m. on Sunday.
The group of 43 highschool students, plus chaperones will be site-seeing as well as performing at schools in Scotland.
Because of the additional cost of travelling with instruments, the band set them aside and learned to sing for the shows.
Band teacher Tessa Davis applauded their efforts on Sunday May 13 as many had never before sung in public.
They performed the show they will be performing abroad for their peers and parents that evening.
The set list is 100 per cent Canadian content. Davis said she wanted the songs recognizable, but didn’t want to use any Canadian clichés like Celine Dion, Justin Beiber or Nickleback.
So the band-turned-choir sang a Newfoundland sea shanty, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah as well as other songs that celebrate Canadian culture and the vastness of our landscape.