Pestuglicci said he was touched by how grateful the audience was for being able to hear the groups perform " an experience he said is not as likely as in America.
"An older lady came up to me afterward and just kept saying, 'Thank you, thank you,'" he said.
While the groups worked hard, performing in various cities during their three-week tour, they did take some time to sightsee.
Among his favorite sights were the Eiffel Tower, Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery, Pestuglicci said.
The conclusion of Pestuglicci's trip was bittersweet, he said, as he would be leaving behind great experiences and the memories of a lifetime, but would be returning to school to perform with his hometown band. Pestuglicci said he would be eligible to go on another trip to Europe with the program next year, if recommended again.
Walker said he does plan to recommend Pestuglicci for a second trip after seeing his enthusiasm from the first.
In terms of the experience, Walker said that traveling to these other countries and performing for crowds of cultures foreign to the students, students are able to experience the effect of music on a much larger level.
"It certainly gives them a more global perspective," he said. "From a global perspective, [European cultures] tend to understand classical music more. That's where it all started. They're a little more eclectic than we are in musical taste. All of the audiences seemed to really appreciate their performances." ""