They're teenagers and they love music, who cares if they don't speak the same language. That's the thought behind the pairing of the Naperville North High School wind ensemble and a band from Engaru, Japan, that has stopped over in Naperville to perform with local students and soak up some suburban life.
That means homemade dinners of roast beef and fruit (expensive items in Japan), a tour of the city and a few chances to perform before boarding charter buses to the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival on Thursday.
The Naperville and Engaru bands are among 16 chosen to perform and attend music workshops at the festival. The Wheeling High School band is the only other Chicago-area group on the guest list, and the Engaru band is the first foreign band invited to the noncompetitive event.