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Couple to spend honeymoon with CLC band family

Chris Bolstad and Amber Tappe plan to spend their honeymoon with their Central Lakes College Community Band family during the June travel study in Ireland. Submitted

Chris Bolstad and Amber Tappe love the Central Lakes College Community Band.

It's where they met. It's where they've spent countless hours practicing. And its members are who they'll be spending their honeymoon with in June.

The couple agree spending the days after their wedding riding in a bus with 40 of their closest friends is the perfect choice. It's just an added bonus that it's in Ireland.

The couple and the rest of the CLC Community Band are once again taking off for a travel study to Ireland June 17 for a 10-day tour, in which they will perform four concerts.

The concert venues for the tour include the Blarney Castle, King John's Castle, St. Nicholas Cathedral in Killarney and St. Stephen's Park in Dublin.

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Concert to help send the CLC Community Band off to Ireland

The Central Lakes College Community Band will give a farewell "To Ireland With Love" concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 11 in the south lawn of Central Lakes College.

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When the couple heard about the Ireland travel study, they figured it would be the perfect

opportunity for a destination wedding. After all, Bolstad has a lot of family in Scotland. The

pair will get married June 15 in a blacksmith shop in Gretna Green, a village in the south

of Scotland famous for runaway weddings hundreds of years ago. They'll have their reception in a nearby castle. And three days later, they'll pile onto a bus with their band mates and travel Ireland, playing their music.

Making the Ireland travel study part of their honeymoon was a "no-brainer," Tappe stated in a news release.

Bolstad and Tappe have a long history in the CLC Community Band. She started when she was 13, and has been involved on and off for 14 years. Bolstad, now 40, has been in the band on and off since his senior year of high school. She plays the oboe. He plays the saxophone.

Tappe stated the CLC Community Band does much more than play music. To her, they are a second family.

"It's such a supportive group," she stated. "It's been really special to be a part of."

Many of the band members will attend the wedding in Scotland prior to the travel study in Ireland.