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Farewell Concert to Precede Band’s Egyptian Tour

In advance of its Egyptian tour, the internationally-renowned Augustana Band will perform a special farewell concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center.

The Band will depart on Sunday, Jan. 9, for a five-concert, 20-day tour of Egypt. In most cases, the concerts will be the first by a college band from the United States. Members of the band will also be earning academic credit during the trip by taking a course entitled A Portrait of Egypt, focusing on Egyptian culture, led by Dr. John Pennington, professor of music and professor of percussion at Augustana. This trip marks the fourth international tour taken by the Augustana Band. The three previous tours were to China.

The Farewell Concert will feature Pennington and Jason Roseth, trombone soloist and senior music major from Watertown, S.D. The Band will be performing the “Triumphal March” from Verdi’s Aida, “Blue Bells of Scotland” by Pryor, “To Walk with Wings” by Giroux, “The Golden Age of the Xylophone” by Werle, “Symphonic Marches” by John Williams and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by Sousa. The Augustana Band is under the direction of Dr. Bruce T. Ammann.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 605.274.5320 or online at www.augietickets.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Details of the Tour

  • The tour’s opening performance is set for Cairo University, home to more than 200,000 students. At CU, the Band will play in the same 3,500-seat hall where President Obama gave his "address to the Muslim world" in 2009. The Minister of Education, the Minister of Culture and Tourism and the Mayor of Cairo will all be in attendance.
  • Stop No. 2 is Tanta University, located in the Nile delta and home to 150,000 students. Tanta is Egypt’s fifth largest city and is known as the agricultural heart of the country.
  • The Band’s third stop will be to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • While on a four-day cruise of the Nile River, the students will visit Egypt’s ancient sites and meet fellow university students during their concert at Assiut University, a school with nearly 100,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
  • The Band’s final concert will be held in suburban Cairo’s new Mubarak Hall.