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Amid Egyptian Protests, Augustana Band Members Change Hotels; Concert Canceled

Augustana College today announced that due to intensifying anti-government protests in Cairo, Egypt, student members of the Augustana Band have changed hotels and College officials have canceled a concert planned for this evening.

The Augustana Band has been in Egypt since early January on a five-concert tour of the country.

“The safety and security of our students is always our top concern,” said Rob Oliver, president of Augustana. “We’re doing everything possible to keep our students out of the areas of unrest. After speaking with our tour coordinators early this morning, we made the decision to move our students to a different hotel, far away from the areas where demonstrations are occurring, as a precautionary measure.”

This evening's concert was scheduled to take place at Cairo’s Mubarak Hall, located in the Heliopolis district, a suburban area close to Cairo International Airport.

“We’re taking things hour by hour. Our students have experienced the culture and history of Egypt and have participated in four amazing concerts during their time in the country. Canceling this evening’s concert won’t diminish the experience they’ve had.”

Band members are scheduled to depart from Egypt at 4:30 p.m. (CST) Saturday. They are due to arrive in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday afternoon.