2004 Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Ireland, Great Britain and France
On May 28 the UNO Wind Ensemble left for Omaha for Dublin, Ireland. Upon their arrival they traveled to Naas where group was greeted by a Sister Cities delegation from Omaha’s newest Sister City. For the next three days the group played several concerts while enjoying a delightful array sights and hospitality. Having secured new friends and a collection of fond memories the group traveled on to Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, followed by brief visits to Wales and Stonehenge as the group made its way to London. Besides the ensemble performing a well-received concert, the group had the chance to visit the many sights of London including the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Whitehall, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly.
On June 5 the group crossed the English Channel to Normandy. The following day the Wind Ensemble had the honor of being a part of the 60th Anniversary D-Day Ceremonies. Here the students had the opportunity to pay tribute to the thousands of individuals who sacrificed their lives so that the young people represented by the UNO Wind Ensemble have the freedoms that are enjoyed today. The group was thrilled to have the chance to be an integral part of this special day honoring so many who gave their lives to help defeat Hitler and his Nazi Regime.
After leaving Normandy the ensemble traveled to Paris where they performed an evening concert in Luxemburg Gardens. During the next several days the group had the chance to enjoy Parisian cuisine along with the many breath taking sights such as the brilliant Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and of course the world famous Louver Museum. Outside of Paris the group spent an afternoon visiting the Palace at Versailles. During the evening the delegation enjoyed a farewell dinner with the opportunity to share friendships and memories of this memorable two-week tour.