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Augustana band members head to Egypt

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70 Augustana College band students are taking the trip of a lifetime.

They're headed to Egypt for three weeks to put on performances they'll never forget.

"We are the concert band at Augustana and we're going to Egypt to do our international tour," Augustana College Director of Special Projects Brad Heegel said.

"The one that sticks in my mind is the president of Tante University which is a city of about 4 million. The president looked at me and said, "We're so excited because you are the first American group that has ever come to our university," Heegel said.

"The concept of a concert band is very foreign to Egyptians," Heegel said.

"The students are taking a three credit course this time, so it's not just a concert tour. We do 5 concerts in 21 days," Heegel said.

"They've also been in class this whole last week, learning about Egyptian religion, history, architecture, culture so when they're there, they are student tourists so they are looking at things with a different view than we would," Heegel said.

"It's just so different, so if nothing else it's just going to open my eyes about how people live in different parts of the world. We're expecting good turnouts at our concerts, and we're going to do a lot of sight-seeing and that's the thing I'm most excited about. This is my first time going abroad, and I can't think of a better place to go than Egypt," student Brian Juber said.

"I think I've got 70 of the best ambassadors of our area with me and I can't wait to share them with the students and the people we come into contact with over there," Heegel said.

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