Center Stage: Glee Club Spring Break Tour Day 8 and Day 9
Prepared for their final show of the spring break tour, the Glee Club departed from the busses, ready to warm-up and prepare for the show ahead.
Members of the Properties committee worked tirelessly, yet they were enthusiastic, knowing this would be their last set-up for the tour.
Peter King, along with a few other members of the Glee Club, passed out the Glee Club’s programs to a number of tables in the performance venue.
The Glee Club’s rhythm section, comprised of Andrew James on the Drums and Jason Ban on the Bass, warmed up for the show ahead.
The Glee Club assembled on stage, and got ready to perform as they warmed up while singing “The Story of the Rose.”
Before performing, the Glee Club changed into tuxes, and mingled with some of their guests as they entered.
During the initial cocktail hour, Voiceovers took the time to sing “Let Me Love You” to some of the members of the club including our friends Les and Liz Graham who are PMO Club members and long-time supporters of our students.
Not to be outdone, Ba-Na-Na changed into their normal leather jackets and jeans to perform for some of the wonderful ladies before the show.
Junior Nick Miller serenaded Sally Combs-Dunaway, one of our dear friends who is also a member of PMO Club.
To kick off the show, Bill called the gentlemen of the Glee Club into the venue to sing “Ambassadors of Song” while intermixed with the audience.
After coming back to stage, the Glee Club performed “Lost in the Stars.”
Mixing with their patrons yet again, the Glee Club ran out to sing “Come Fly With Me” to some very special ladies in the audience. Bryce Shaffer found our friend Liz Graham!
Before leaving, the Glee Club recognized the manager of the club, thanking him for bringing the Glee Club back yet again.
Before stepping back onto the bus, the Glee Club took a quick picture with Steve Moorman, one of the wonderful bus drivers for PMO and Purdue University. Steve retired two days after the Glee Club returned to Purdue. The Glee Club thanked him for his many years of service to Purdue University and the many, many miles of safe driving he has provided our students and program through the years!
"A later call time for our performance at the Royal Poinciana Club meant that we were able to spend one more morning with our wonderful hosts for the week. My homestay even got to fit in one final trip to the Naples beach before packing up for the trip back home! After thanking them for their hospitality, it was back to work with a swift set-up and sound check before dinner. Then it was into our tuxes and out to the front to greet our guests as they arrived. One of the many opportunities the Glee Club has offered me in my four years is being able to meet and carry on conversations with anyone and everyone we meet, and Friday night was no exception. I even got to know a former president of Pan Am World Airlines! Putting everything I had left in me into our final performance worked up quite a sweat, and fortunately some of us were able to grab a quick shower at the club while the properties committee was busy loading our equipment. While not part of our normal post-show routine, the showers were a welcome change before sitting on the bus together for the long haul home! The bus ride took most of the day Saturday, but I took advantage of the time to catch up on my reading for class. We arrived back on campus later in the evening, and although it was cold and wet compared to sunny Florida, I could feel satisfied that we had a great week performing in both Tennessee and Florida, meeting great people, telling the Purdue story everywhere we went and just having a blast!"
Yours In Song,