UNI School of Music students to travel to Ireland and Spain for spring break performances

UNI NEWS SERVICES – This spring break, two groups of exceptionally talented UNI School of Music students will travel internationally to perform around the world.

Panther Marching Band
UNI's Panther Marching Band

One hundred forty members of the UNI Panther Marching Band will travel to Ireland from March 15-22. The group has been invited to perform on March 17 in Dublin and March 18 in Limerick at parades, which are part of the St. Patrick’s Festival that sweeps across Ireland every year. In addition to the parade performances, the group will explore Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Cobh as part of its tour around the country. 

Marching band director Justin Mertz said, "The PMB has a long-standing tradition of high-profile, international parade performances and this trip continues that! Over 500,000 people will come out to watch the parade. St. Patrick’s Day is a major Irish cultural event, and it is an honor to be invited to participate in it."

The UNI Concert Chorale, under the direction of John Wiles, will also be traveling over spring break and will perform a series of concerts in Wisconsin before their international departure to Spain. The group will perform at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Badger High School and in collaboration with the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra from March 14-16. They will then head for Spain with performances scheduled at the Andalucia Music Festival in Granada, Parroquia de Santa Maria la Mayor in Ecija and the Auditorio de Tomares outside of Seville. Walking tours and visits to historical sites will pepper the group’s itinerary between performances. 

Jeffrey Funderburk, director of the UNI School of Music, stated, "In our ongoing efforts to help students to have an international experience as part of their college training, the UNI School of Music is pleased to support two ensembles traveling and performing in the coming weeks. Students consistently report that such international experiences are life altering and have tremendous impact on their view of the world. Cooperating with friends and colleagues while sharing the gift of music in an international setting is an amazing experience and one that we are very pleased to offer to students at the University of Northern Iowa."

For more information on these upcoming tours or the UNI School of Music, contact Caroline Francis, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or caroline.francis@uni.edu.


Caroline Francis, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2028, caroline.francis@uni.edu

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