“You’ll forget that emotion further down the road,” Toelle said.
Practices will culminate in a farewell performance before the group departs Enid in June.
NOMADs will spend several days in New York City and will see a Broadway musical, Central Park and other sites. The group will stop in Philadelphia and Williamsburg, Va., on its way to Washington, D.C.
Students not only get o travel and perform, but they are building quite a resume by being a part of the group, Toelle said.
Toelle serves as the tour group leader and also directs the band along with her husband and Chuck Belknap.
“We all take turns playing and directing,” she said. “It’s the best of both worlds since we all love to play.”
Toelle said she hope students learn that there is a world waiting for them outside their small towns.
“I hope these kids walk away from this trip with a lot of things; awesome memories, greater self-esteem, tolerant teamwork skills, enhanced musical ability,” Toelle said.
Toelle said she hopes she is making a difference in the lives of students.
“Fifteen years ago when I became a teacher I had this crazy idea that I could make a difference. I don’t know if I ever have or ever will, but I’m going to keep on trying,” Toelle said. “It’s really the least I can do because just by being an American I’ve been blessed with so much.”
The NOMAD tour is booked through Explorica Inc. On the tour the Explorica guide will keep a tour diary online daily and post pictures of the group.