(June 11, 2014) -- The UTSA Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA) Marching Band is back on campus after performing in France on an international stage before President Barack Obama, President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and national military leaders and veterans on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
D-Day is forever known for the Allied invasion of German-occupied France and the beginning of the liberation of Europe and Nazi Germany.
The SOSA marching band was the only U.S. university band that performed at the commemorative event. The SOSA performance was captured on French national television broadcasts and video streamed worldwide for viewers from across the globe to see.
In addition to the D-Day performances, SOSA band members participated in musical tributes at the Brittany American Cemetery in St. James and the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, the site of the D-Day beach invasion.
The once-in-a-lifetime experience is one Kyle Ludovice, a SOSA sophomore snare drummer, will never forget.
"As a history major, I have always had an interest in studying World War II," said Ludovice. "I will always treasure this opportunity I had to visit Omaha Beach and speak to face-to-face with one of the actual veterans of the 29th Infantry, who landed on the beach that fateful morning of the invasion."
Ludovice was proud of UTSA's top-tier musical performance and was honored to be able to communicate the historical implications of the commemorative event to his fellow band members, so they could truly appreciate the opportunity they were given to be a part of the monumental occasion.
Fifteen UTSA parents accompanied SOSA band members overseas. Pam Selky was able to share her first trip to Europe with her son Luke Selky, a UTSA drum major who just graduated in May.
"As a teacher, I was hoping the band members would draw a deep meaningful experience that they would be able to remember the rest of their lives and carry with them," said Ms. Selky. "It was just phenomenal and made me tear up to be in the crowd and hear them play on a world stage. They did a great job in the way they represented UTSA, San Antonio and the United States."
The SOSA band members wrapped up their visit in Paris with tours of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Learn more about the UTSA Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band trip to France.
The Spring Research Conference offers graduate and undergraduate students pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts the opportunity to present their original work in a forum of interested and critically engaged minds that is at the same time welcoming and inclusive.
Various locations, Main Campus
Mimi Marziani, executive director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, will speak about civil rights advocacy, political campaigns, election law and nonprofit management.
SAWS Headquarters, 2800 U.S. Highway 281 North, San Antonio
Join the Center for Military Families for a panel on Politics in the Service of Military Families, featuring Cedric Leighton, David Splitter, Steve Huerta, and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA Dance classes will take the stage and share their talents and passion for dance! Come support our growing dance program! $10 admission
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
This panel presentation will look at the history of the YWCA and the impact the organization has had on women in the San Antonio community.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.02.10), Main Campus
The Demography Lecture Series continues with Dr. Barbara Bird of American University. Her topic focuses on Insights Into a Hard to Find Population: Latino Entrepreneurs in Metro Washington, D.C. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the pay stall spaces of the Monterrey surface lot.
Monterrey Building (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
This video tells the story of four Latina lesbians who fought for exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 1990s.
North Paseo Building (NPB 1.114), Main Campus
Tejana/Indígena author Ire'ne Lara Ailva will read from her latest work and discuss her approach to reimagining Tejan@ myths.
Main Building (MB 2.404), Main Campus
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