Members of the NHS Band accompanied by Robert Hughes, Director of Bands arrived safely in France on Saturday, April 12th. They wasted no time once they arrived visiting the house and gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny, France. Later in the day they arrived at their destination of Gisors, France where students and staff from the Louise Michel High School gave them a warm welcome. NHS Band students went home with their host families and settled in for the evening.
The following day, Sunday, April 12th was spent getting in more sightseeing accompanied by their hosts visiting the Abbey of Fontaine Guerard and other points of interest in Radepont. Next the group made their way to Rouen and visited the Place de la Cathedral. After a picnic lunch in Rouen, the group visited the Abbey of St. Martin de Boscherville and stopped at a nearby farm for an impromptu musical performance and tea party with their fellow French student musicians.
Monday was a very exciting day for the NHS Band students as they gave their first public performance in the afternoon at St. Gervais St. Protais church in Gisors. After a successful performance, the students spent some time browsing the markets and shops in Gisors and soaking up the local culture.
Today the group spent a patriotic day visiting the Normandy Beaches, and paying their respects at the cemeteries for soldiers lost during the D-Day Invasion of World War II. Wednesday will be another busy day, with the morning spent attending school with their host students, a tour of the Gisors castle in the afternoon, and in the evening they will be giving their second performance which will be held at the Salle des Fetes de Gisors. This performance will be open to the public.
NHS Band students will bid farewell to their hosts on Thursday as they make
their way to Paris for an overnight stay and then departure for the United
States on Friday.