1986 Young Nebraskans to Japan and the Philippines
In October the first group undertaking an international tour from the University of Nebraska Music Department boarded the plane from Omaha to Tokyo. The UNO Young Nebraskans consisted of a twelve-member student ensemble specializing in contemporary popular music and jazz and was lead by Dr. Marsha Johnson and Dr. Jay Wise. The group was accompanied by a delegation from Omaha Sister Cities Association (OSCA) which was even more significant in that Shizuoka is Omaha’s first sister city. In addition to these individuals, the ensemble also had the honor of traveling with several UNO administrators who visited their counterparts at Shizuoka University, one of UNO’s sister universities. During their stay in Shizuoka, the UNO delegation was graciously treated to lavish Japanese hospitality including home stays with Shizuokan families which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The OSCA and UNO body visited Shizuoka as a part of an International Trade Fair. The Young Nebraskans were a part of the musical entertainment for much of the four-day event. Everyone was also treated to a tour of many of the wonderful sights in and around Shizuoka before leaving this most beautiful city which rests at the foot of Mount Fuji.
After visiting Tokyo and Kyoto, the Young Nebraskans and their leaders traveled to the Philippines landing in Manila, the capital city. There the delegation was hosted by the Office of the Mayor and the University of the City of Manila, another one of more than two dozen UNO sister universities across the world. The students and faculty were honored with lavish accommodations, food and hospitality. Many of the group had the honor of staying in the mansion of the Mayor of Manila with opulent furnishings and even their own servants! The Young Nebraskans proved to be as much of a hit in the Philippines as they were in Japan and were greeted with huge crowds at each of their performances. Everyone associated with the tour agreed that this was a tremendous first international “outing” by UNO’s Music Department.