Center Stage: Glee Club Spring Break Tour, Day 3
Several members of the Glee Club enjoy the sun and sea at a park during their spring break in San Francisco, California.
Surveying the ocean, assistant director Jermaine Hill and freshman Zach Stewart enjoy a break from performing at a park on the coast.
Enjoying the weather the Glee Club relaxes before their next performance during their California tour.
Sophomore John Evelo and several Newmen of the Glee Club conquer the coast in northern California.
. Junior Seun Onabanjo and Jermaine Hill spend the morning enjoying the perfect weather with a walk on the coast.
A group of Newmen listen closely to stories told by an alumnus of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club at lunch in San Francisco.
Exploring the coast junior Jake Shapiro and senior Jay Josephson enjoy the sights in sunny California.
Freshman Aaron Corbett unloads the bus for a mid-afternoon performance after enjoying a free morning on the coast.
Carrying the instruments used to accompany the Glee Club freshman Zach Stewart prepares for a performance.
Director of the Glee Club Bill Griffel surveys the performance space before set-up.
Enjoying the view several members of the Glee Club relax after sound check.
Starting of the performance the senior Danny Hartman sells out to the crowd at a hilltop performance.
Several audience members look on as the Glee Club performs pieces from their vast repitoire of styles of music.
Surprised and delighted members of the audience have members of the Glee Club serenade them during "Life Could be a Dream".
Members of the specialty group "Flashbacks" entertain the audience with hits from the 70's and 80's.
Daily Student Perspective: Grant Nice
Glee Club covered a lot of territory today. The day started with a visit to Point Lobos, a famous park in this area of California. This was our first glimpse of how beautiful the California coast really could be. Rocky shorelines and crashing waves were commonplace -- a far cry from typical Indiana terrain. We met a Glee Club Alumnus, Dan Decker, who showed us around the area and would be our guide for the rest of the day.
Our only performance of the day was at a local restaurant, Nepenthe. Situated on a hill overlooking the beautiful coastal cliffs, it was hard not to sneak glances at the view when I was selling out to the crowd during a song. The restaurant staff was very hospitable and gave us some tasty snacks after performing.
Following a scenic drive on the Pacific coastal highway, we ended the day with a warm reception at Dan and Sonya Decker’s residence. They fed us with shrimp and other great food and did their best to make us feel at home. We also watched a gorgeous pacific sunset. It was great to close the evening with a few songs for Dan, a Glee Club alumnus, and he even sang the Whiffenpoof song solo for us!
Seeing alumni like him reach out to support the Glee Club sixty years after he graduated is a testament to the impact Glee Club has on its members. The passion for music and the strong traditions of the group last long after the seniors leave campus. Sixty years from now, I can only hope I have the same passion for music, Glee Club, and Purdue he still has today. All in all, a great day made possible by great friends of PMO.