Center Stage: Glee Club Spring Break Tour, Day 5
The Glee Club started off their day by leaving the bus and walking across the beautiful campus of Stanford University.
The group's first stop was Stanford Memorial Church.
Once inside, the group was introduced to the history and architecture of the building by the director of music at the church.
The Glee Club then gathered at the front of the church to sing some of the group's acapella literature in the wonderful space.
The beautiful and meticulously designed architecture of the church allowed for wonderful acoustics for the group to enjoy during their performance.
Some of the guys even took a moment to enjoy singing an old favorite from previous years while the church, with its wonderful acoustics, was available to them.
The group then got to enjoy lunch together at Stanford's Student Union.
Soon after, it was time for the group to say goodbye to Stanford and they headed off to their next show of the day, which shortly followed.
However, there's always time to touch base with home, as the Glee Club sent a "Happy Birthday" phone call to loved ones back home.
Back to business, the Glee Club started setting up for their show at Vi Retirement Community in Palo Alto.
Then the show quickly started off as the group ran in to start off another wonderful hour of singing.
The Glee Club then took to the stage to entertain the captive audience that came out to the show.
The Glee Club's resident gospel quartet, Lighthouse, took the microphones to tell the story of Noah and the flood in the classic song "Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord."
Junior, Dylan Simpson, took the microphone to start singing the wonderful song "When You're Smiling."
Then, Junior Jake Burris took a wonderful lady in the audience by the hand as he surprised her by joining in with Dylan and singing to her.
Some veterans proudly took to their feet whenever the heard their song as the Glee Club finished the show with their "Armed Forces Medley."
Then, the Glee Club headed back to the bus to travel to their final engagement of the day.
The group arrived at the beautiful Fairmont Hotel in San Fransisco where the group sang for a concert hosted by the Purdue President's Council.
The gentlemen of the Glee Club took a few minutes before the show to talk with a variety of Purdue alumni and friends to the university.
The Glee Club then entered the concert venue and sang to signal the beginning of the night's events.
Junior, Robby Hawkins, gave a speech about his experiences in his time with the Glee Club and how they helped shape his overall Purdue experience before the Glee Club started their concert.
After their introduction, the Glee Club came running into the hall surrounding the audience and encompassing the room in song.
The group then took the stage in the beautiful hall for a wonderful night of singing.
The Glee Club let out a little tension as they broke out into a "fight for survival" in the classic Ray Stevens song, "Mississippi Squirrel Revival."
The specialty group, Ba-Na-Na, went out into the audience and sang a song of their love to one of the wonderful ladies in attendance.
The Wicked Witch of the West was not only feeling wicked, but also looked pretty annoyed, as the Glee Club sang songs from the famous movie musical "The Wizard of Oz."
Daily Student Perspective: Derick Dobson
Thursday was a very busy day for the Glee Club. We started by going over to Stanford where we sang in their Memorial Church. The acoustics there were absolutely amazing. After our little impromptu performance we had some free time and I enjoyed the California weather and seeing Stanford’s campus. We then all had to hop back on the bus and head to our next performance at the Vi retirement community in Palo Alto. There I did my run-out to a lovely woman named Mary who said she loved seeing us perform. Soon after that performance we went to the Fairmont hotel and performed for the Purdue president’s council and other friends of Purdue. While there, I had the opportunity to meet with some amazing individuals such as Bob Peterson the director of Pixar’s Up.