Center Stage: Glee Club Spring Break Day 6
The gents of the Glee Club enjoy a chance to tour the nation’s capitol and see the sights. Let’s follow Seniors Tim Harris, Steve DeWitte, John Foerster, Kyle Hoos, Billy Thiedeman, and Ethan Lapham on their sightseeing tour.
The group begins their day with a trip to the Senate Gallery and the House of Representatives Gallery. Pictured are the passes for entry, as no photography is allowed inside the galleries.
From the Capitol to the Supreme Court, the intrepid group presses in their tour through our nation’s government.
Following in the footsteps of justice, the gents exit the Supreme Court via the front steps.
A highlight of the sightseeing tour, due to early warm weather, Washington, D.C.’s famous cherry trees burgeon with blossoms.
After a full morning of sightseeing, the gents gather together once more, and take a short bus trip down to Sterling, Virginia, and start setting up for the last show of the tour at Sterling United Methodist Church.
The guys warm up their voices and adjust to the sound in the sanctuary.
Lighthouse brightens the stage during “Sign Me Up”.
“In the Cool, Cool of the Evening” the gentlemen sing out with voices strong.
Freshman Matthew Wildrick sings “Life Could Be A Dream” to a lucky lady.
The Flashbacks take us back to the 1970’s and 80’s.
After the show, the gents mingle with their guests, and receive a warm welcome from the folks in Sterling.
Refreshments are served for guests and Glee Clubbers alike.
After a long tour, the gents take a chance to relax on the bus on the way home to West Lafayette. Another music and fun-filled Spring Break!
Daily Student Perspective:
The Glee Club awoke early at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, excited for our last day on the Spring Break tour. After a delicious breakfast, we boarded the buses and rode into downtown Washington, D.C. We had the morning and much of the afternoon to explore as we pleased, so myself and some fellow seniors headed off toward Capitol Hill. We first visited Congressman Dan Burton's office to secure gallery passes to the House and Senate chambers. From there, we entered the Capitol itself. We were lucky enough to sit in on a whole House session! Granted, it was only 3 minutes long. The presiding officer (Speaker pro tempore) entered, there was a short prayer, we recited the Pledge of Allegiance, the presiding officer noted that three bills had passed the Senate. He then put the House into recess until Monday at 4pm, and our brief look at the inner workings of democracy concluded.
The Senate was not in session and that chamber was closed, so we left the Capitol and went to the Supreme Court building. After learning about justice and that there is a basketball court above the Supreme Court Room, we ate lunch and toured the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Having never been to D.C. before, the chance to explore and learn was amazing. We left for Sterling, VA for our final show of this tour. We were delighted to have a delicious dinner prepared by the members of Sterling United Methodist Church, where we performed. The packed house included six Glee Club alumni, who we invited on stage to sing "Pilgrim's Chorus" with us. After tearing down, we loaded the buses and drove all night to return to West Lafayette early Saturday morning. The Purduettes beat us back to campus following their tour in Florida, so we crammed our properties back down in the basement of Elliott Hall and left for a relaxing weekend.
This was a fantastic tour - full of experiences and memories that I will cherish. Thanks for reading along, and Hail Purdue!