UNK Marching Band Travels to Ireland to Perform

March 18, 2019 - 10:00am

The Pride of the Plains Marching Band from the University of Nebraska at Kearney celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in the birthplace of the Emerald Isle holiday this past weekend.


Students with the UNK marching band are currently on a week-long trip in Ireland, where they performed at St. Patrick’s Day parades in Dublin and Limerick. Now, they’re sight-seeing natural and historic Irish landmarks like the Cliffs of Moher, King John’s Castle and Trinity College’s Old Library.

Duane Bierman, who is the director of bands at UNK, said he hopes the experience of traveling overseas and discovering a different culture will be life-changing for his students.

“I had a similar situation when I was their age and it really opened my eyes to just expanding my knowledge of the world, cultural language, food, music, anything," Bierman said. "You learn a lot, and it’s also a fulfilling experience. We’ve had similar positive experiences in the other countries we’ve visited over the last eight years since I’ve been at UNK, and I don’t see why this would be any different.”

The UNK marching band will return from their trip to Ireland on Friday.

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