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Photo description: The CUNE concert band in the bus on their way to Concordia, Missouri for their first performance over Spring Break

Photo credit: Hope Nelson

This story is in progress and will continue to be updated.


Concordia’s Concert Band is on tour this week, traveling to 10 different churches to perform, and their trip is off to a successful start.

Freshman Hope Nelson, a Sower Staff member and concert band member, shares some pictures and updates about the tour:


Day 1

Photo featured above.

The band left Seward on Friday morning and arrived in Concordia, Missouri later that afternoon. They gave their first concert in the evening for an audience at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Next, they will head to Edwardsville, Illinois, where they will perform their second concert of tour on Saturday evening.


Day 2

Photo Description: A “Jesus” sticker on a lightpost in St. Charles, Missouri

On Saturday, the band traveled from Concordia, Missouri to Edwardsville, Illinois. They stopped in St. Charles, Missouri for a two-hour lunch break, where they split up and had the chance to explore; one group found this Jesus sticker on a lamppost! On Sunday, the band will continue on to Nashville, Tennessee, where they will give a 7 p.m. concert at First Lutheran Church.


Day 3

Photo description: Members of the set-up crew prepare for the Nashville concert.

The band arrived in Nashville on Sunday afternoon, where they performed the third concert of their tour at First Lutheran Church. On Monday, the band will travel south to Peachtree City, Georgia, where they will perform a 6:30 p.m. concert at St. Paul Lutheran.



Day 4

Photo description: The band loads up the van before heading to Jacksonville on Tuesday morning

On Monday, the band traveled from Nashville to Peachtree City, Georgia, where they performed a 6:30 p.m. concert for an audience of all ages at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School. On Tuesday morning, they performed a selection of four of their concert pieces for an assembly of school-aged children at St. Paul before leaving to begin their journey for Jacksonville, Florida. They will perform at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jacksonville at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening.


Day 5

Photo description: The sign outside of Our Redeemer in Jacksonville, Florida

The band left Peachtree City, Georgia, on Tuesday morning after performing at a school assembly at 8:15 a.m. They drove all the way to Jacksonville, Florida, crossing yet another state line, and played a 7 p.m. concert at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. The band does not have a concert scheduled for Wednesday night; instead, they have a free afternoon in Tampa, Florida, where members will enjoy the beach, shopping, dinner, and other fun activities!


Day 6

Photo description: Fort De Soto Beach in St. Petersburg, Florida

On Wednesday, the band had a free day, during which they drove to Tampa, Florida, and spent an afternoon at the beach. At Fort De Soto Beach, band members swam in the ocean, built sandcastles, hunted for seashells, and even buried some members in the sand. On Thursday, they will travel to Fort Meyers, Florida, where they will perform a 7 p.m. concert for an audience at Zion Lutheran Church.


Day 7


Photo description: stained glass in Zion Lutheran


The band performed another concert after a day off, this time traveling to Fort Myers, Florida, where they performed at 7 p.m. for an audience at Zion Lutheran Church. On Thursday, they will perform at Grace Lutheran Church in Naples, Florida, at 7 p.m.






Day 8

Photo description: a hibiscus flower in Naples

On Friday, the band had a short trip from Fort Myers, Florida, to Naples, Florida, where they spent some free time in an outdoor shopping center, along with an indoor mall. That evening, they performed for an audience at Grace Lutheran Church in Naples at 7 p.m. On Friday, they will begin their journey back north, traveling all the way to Warner Robins, Georgia, where they will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.




Day 9

Photo description: An air force base museum in Warner Robins

Photo credit: Kayla Kisker

On Saturday, the band began to head back north, making an eight-hour journey from Naples, Florida, to Warner Robins, Georgia. Warner Robins is home to a large air force base, shown in today’s picture. The band played a 7:30 p.m. concert at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. On Sunday, the band will travel to Memphis, Tennessee, holding a mini church service en route on the bus, and will not play a concert. The band only has two more concerts; one is in St. Louis, Missouri                                                                                                   on March 13, and the other is a final home                                                                                                     concert in Seward, Nebraska on Sunday,                                                                                                       March 19.


Day 10

Photo description: Memphis Barbecue Co. restaurant

On Sunday, the band took another long drive — this time from Warner Robins, Georgia, to just outside of Memphis, Tennessee. They did not have a concert on Sunday, instead spending some free time in Horn Lake, Mississippi, a suburb of Memphis. Several groups visited a restaurant called Memphis Barbecue Company, which offered a variety of barbecue-style meats and sides. On Monday, the band continues its journey back to Seward. They will play their final touring concert at 7 p.m. at Chapel of the Cross in St. Louis, Missouri.

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