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YFU Ensemble Going To Europe

A six-week tour of Germany, Denmark, Finland and Russia is on the agenda for 50 Michigan and Ohio high school students who are members of the 1971 Youth for Understanding Wind Ensemble. They will present concerts in schools, churches, and on radio and television during the tour. It is the first annual tour for the organization, which was newly formed last October by Conductor Victor Bordo of the Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Music Department. A highlight of the tour will be a concert by the YFU Wind Ensemble in Ann Arbor’s sister city, Tuebingen, Germany. The concert will be performed on July 2, which has been officially declared “Ann Arbor Day” by Tuebingen.

The Wind Ensemble program is designed to develop understanding and friendship between countries through the universal language of music. It gives talented young musicians an opportunity to perform with an excellent ensemble, gaining valuable training and experience. Attention is focused on American composers and on the quality of performance for which public school music programs prepare U.S. students. The concert tour is a community-family centered experience, with the local YFU committees in overseas countries arranging performance schedules and providing for hospitality. During the tour, ensemble members will live with host families in the countries they visit.

In order to meet qualifications for the Wind Ensemble, the students had to pass auditions held last October. They also had to qualify as international exchange students in addition to being recommended by their high school band director.

Mr. Bordo, who has been rehearsing the Wind Ensemble and will conduct it on tour, is a native of Detroit. He is Director of Bands at Ann Arbor Pioneer High, and has taught in Michigan schools for fifteen years. His musical training was a t Wayne State University and the University of Michigan.

Associate Conductor of the Wind Ensemble is Mr. Greg Heuer, whose wife Linda will appear as piano soloist on tour.

Youth for Understanding is an international teen-age student exchange headquartered in Ann Arbor.

Members of the wind ensemble from the Ann Arbor area are:

Jeff Ash of 1206 Snyder; Mike Bucalo of 2207 S. Seventh; Randy Byrn of 732 Lansway; Claire Campbell of 1256 Westport; Guy Crawford of 2151 S. Seventh; Clara Davenport of 1038 Martin-place; Marc Diamond of 1321 Morningside; Dave Dillon of 1617 Red Oak Rd.; George Granger of 1362 Marlborough; Steven Gross of 1546 Covington Drive; James Harris of 1047 Red Oak; Paula Hoffrichter of 2871 Page; Kathy Holtfreter of 1525 Barnard Rd.; Barbara Holland of 2210 Brockman; Katie Kazarinoff of 1515 Cambridge; Mark Itabashi of 2055 Winsted;

Charlyn Johnson of 2642 Patricia Court; Eric Johnson of 712 Gott; Maureen Kelly of 2215 Copley; Joe Kooperman of 1000 Morningside; Justin Lee of 390 Sumac Lane; Tom Lewellen of 940 Vesper Rd.; Clare North of 648 Hampstead Lane; Debbie Otto of 618 Eberwhite; Dave Owens of 1517 Granger; Charles Per-raut of 1910 Sunrise; Curt Pillsbury o f 2902 Logan Court; Debbie Rebeck of 2643 Danbury Lane; Dave Rogers of 1480 Newport Rd.; Tom Rose of 1577 King George Blvd.; Jess Schroeder of 915 Bruce; Linda Smith of 1631 Dicken Dr.; Steven Sebold of 2612 Bernice; Mary Slocum of 705 Linda Vista; Dave Westin of 1146 Miller; Doug and Pat Wilson of 1235 Newport Rd.; Harold Zald of 1912 Dunmore.

Preparing For Tour
    David Westin, oboe soloist, practices music with Youth For Understanding Conductor Victor Bordo. The YFU wind ensemble will tour in Europe for six weeks this summer.