During her final week in Costa Rica, CU Winds director Cynthia Johnston Turner guest conducted the National Band of San Jose, a professional Wind Ensemble in Costa Rica that she also conducted last May. After a week of rehearsals, the concerts at the National Cathedral and the Cathedral de Mexico were unfortunately canceled due to a National state of mourning. Sadly, record rain caused mudslides that killed several Costa Ricans in rural villages north of San Jose.

CJT has been invited to return to guest conduct the National Band next year.