22 pupils and five staff are currently enjoying a fantastic trip to Japan.
After a tour of Osaka City, they boarded the Shinkansen or Bullet Train for the final leg of the outward journey to Fukuoka. As well as playing at the usual Global Arena Ceremonies, they have also been visiting other places of interest including an overnight stay in Tsushima Island (located in the Sea of Japan between Japan and South Korea) where the pupils boarded Mr Munemasa's luxury yacht for a sightseeing excursion with a difference when they visited a tuna farm.
They have also visited an aquarium and a monkey centre where the monkeys roamed freely alongside the pupils. On Wednesday the band played for around 400 young children at a kindergarden centre before performing for the pupils of Jiyugaoka Junior High School.
They had lunch with the pupils and then spent the afternoon in a Japanese classroom learning various Japanese arts and crafts.
Today (Thursday), after playing to around 2 million visitors at the "Hakata Dontaku Parade", the band was asked to appear live on national Japanese TV. They duly obliged and performed in front of an estimated 30 million viewers!