Center Stage: Glee Club Spring Break Tour Day 7
Ready for a day of relaxation, the Glee Club travelled across Alligator Alley to Ft. Lauderdale to meet up with PMO friends Scott and Nikki Niswonger who invited the Glee Club to spend the day with them on a yacht!
Mr. Niswonger recently sold his own yacht, but he and his wonderful wife Nikki so generously chartered another yacht so that the Glee Club could enjoy themselves with some fun and relaxation.
Roommates Dylan Simpson, Peter King and Ryan Straut all made sure to get a picture together.
The upper level of the boat had a hot tub, lounge chairs and couches and a cooler stocked with all sorts of soda!
Some Glee Clubbers took advantage of this free time by spending a few momemnts catching up on some “Glee Club Homework.”
Others enjoyed the luxuries of the boat!
New man bonding time!
Excitement spread amongst the group when they saw that former NFL player Dan Marino was also on board!
The whole group made sure to take a picture with him and Steve Johnson.
The staff also took a picture with Dan and our generous hosts and dear PMO friends, Scott and Nikki Niswonger.
As a thank you to our hosts and the yacht crew for hosting us, the Glee Club sang a few songs, including “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Ave Maria,” a special request.
While on the yacht, the group performed a run-out.
The Glee Club made sure that every lady on board was properly serenaded. Dan Marino enjoyed watching the run-out.
Mr. Niswonger thanked everyone personally for spending the day with him. It was our pleasure!
Before departing, Voiceovers sang “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay” in a very appropriate setting.
"'Work hard, play hard' seems like an appropriate slogan for our seventh day on tour. After eight demanding but rewarding performances on our spring break tour, a Thursday full of fun and relaxation was just what the Glee Club needed. We started off the day with an earlier call time for our drive across Florida to Ft. Lauderdale. When we arrived, everyone was extremely impressed by the Claire, a stunning yacht that Purdue alum Scott Niswonger rented for the afternoon. Scott and Nikki Niswonger's generosity has been immense throughout my time in Glee Club, and I couldn't thank them enough on behalf of the Glee Club for all he has done for us. He had one more surprise for us this time; accompanying us on the Claire that day would be NFL legends Dan Marino and Steve Johnson! Needless to say, we were all starstruck. It was a remarkable experience cruising through the harbor, getting to know everyone onboard, and performing at the end of the cruise. As is our tradition, we ended our short performance for Scott, Nikki, Dan, Steve and the yacht crew with "Hail Purdue!" and we even heard a loud "Boiler Up!" from a passing boat. You never know when and where you will cross paths with fellow Boilermakers. After our time on the boat, we traveled back across the state. Thursday night was a free evening for us. Some of us spent our last night in Florida with homestays or at the hotel, while some seniors met up in Ft. Myers. An incredible experience like Thursday makes me realize how truly blessed I am and proud to be a part of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. It was truly a day I will never forget!"
Yours In Song,