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Center Stage: Glee Club Spring Break Daily Student Perspective

Ryan Mclean

And we're off! Shortly after sunrise, the men of the Glee Club embarked on their 2010 Spring Break Tour. After a bus ride over the southern Indiana countryside and the rolling hills of Kentucky, we arrived at our final destination of Knoxville, Tennessee. While there, we had the distinct privelege of a tour of the Tennessee athletic facilities including the basketball arena, football stadium, and Peyton Manning Locker Complex. We even had the opportunity to sing the Volunteer State's very own "Rocky Top" in the end zone! After a quick bite near campus, we booked it to Greeneville, home of Glee Club senior Patrick Brown. After some rest tonight, we'll be ready to go for a day of touring the town before we performed that night at the much-touted Niswonger Performing Arts Center. See you down the road! In Song, Ryan McLean

Patrick Brown

Greetings from Greeneville, Tennessee! The Glee Club met the Greeneville High School Advanced Chorus this morning for our set up and sound check at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. After a traditional southern lunch of fried chicken, deviled eggs, potato salad, and delicious desserts provided by Asbury Church, we toured some of Greeneville's famous historic places, including the Nathaniel Greene Museum, the Car Museum, and the President Andrew Johnson Homestead. Purdue alum Mike Hollowell, who runs the local YMCA, invited us to enjoy the facilities for an afternoon break. We then continued for a tour of Mr. Niswonger's company, Landair Transport Inc., where we delivered a special birthday song as well as our own rendition of "Rocky Top" for the employees. On our way to Monument Hill, the National gravesite of President Andrew Johnson, we picked up an Andrew Johnson historian who dressed the part and gave us a unique perspective on the former President. The full day continued with a tour and dinner at the famous General Morgan Inn, which was provided by the Niswongers. The day was capped with an amazing performance at the performing arts center, with over 1,000 people in attendance! It was a very special day for me to not only show off my hometown to the men of the Glee Club, but also share the magic of the Glee Club with everyone from home. In Song, Patrick Brown

Kyle Sutton

On Saturday, the Glee Club had a full day of travelling. We stopped at 7:30 in the morning to eat a quick breakfast. It was a good thing there was a Waffle House at every exit. After breakfast, it was some more driving and then a quick stop for lunch. After a little bit more of driving we finally arrived in Naples, Florida. Our host families met us at our stop location to take us home. We had a wonderful evening getting to know our host families and watching the Purdue basketball game. It was a pretty early night because of all the travelling. We also needed to be well rested so we could hit the ground running the next day. In Song, Kyle Sutton

Noah Demerly

Today was another beautiful day in Florida! The Glee Club started off the day by coming to the Country Club of my home stay, Mr. and Mrs. Lee. The community they live in, The Forest, was pleased to have us perform for their traditional Sunday brunch and for the shotgun start of their local golf tournament. We all were excited about the great turnout of Club members and they thoroughly enjoyed their first time hearing the PVGC! After having lunch with the Lee family, we then made the trek to our next venue for the day, Shell Pointe Retirement Community. At Shell Pointe, we first set up and then had a delicious meal provided by the staff. After enjoying a full spread of Italian food, we prepared to sing for an enormous crowd that completely filled the Village Church at Shell Pointe. There were so many people that wanted tickets for the show that there was even a man outside the auditorium holding a sign that said “NEED TICKETS”. As a part of their sacred concert series called “Season of the Spirit”, we performed a complete selection of sacred songs that was extremely well received. The performance went wonderfully and, after a long day, we made the short trip back home to Fort Myers. After spending some time conversing with friends of PMO at the Lee household, I retired to bed. I can’t wait for tomorrow and another sunshiny day in Southwest Florida. In Song, Noah Demerly

Jeremy Chance

Our second full day in Florida was just a just as busy as the first. Unfortunately, the morning started a little earlier for us this time around. We headed to the Bennedetto's Steak House in Punta Gorda for a private show for the Purdue Club of Southwest Florida. It's always great to meet fellow Boilermakers anywhere we go. We had plenty of time to make conversation and get to know the guests as well! After a delicious meal and quick 45 minute performance, we were back on the bus and heading to Burnt Store Presbyterian Church. It had been two years since the Glee Club had been to the Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, but the show was definitely worth the wait for the people of Punta Gorda. It was two hours of absolutely inspiring music. The guys were absolutely in the zone tonight! It was probably one of the best performances in my three years of Glee Club spring breaks. It was a very long day, but we're looking forward to another couple of shows tomorrow. It should be another great day of performances! In song, Jeremy Chance

Jeremy Clifford

Wow! What another great day on our tour. Coming off a high from Monday night's show, the Glee Club was ready to hit the stage for two full dress show's in Bonita Springs. We arrived at the First Presbyterian Church about 11:30 in the morning and quickly set up our equipment so that we could get to the pizza we were having for lunch. After lunch we did a quick sound check and got dressed for our 3 o'clock show. We performed a great show for a packed crowd, we were told that tickets sold out in only 15 minutes! When the first show was over we enjoyed a fabulous pasta dinner at the church and prepared for our second show. The 7:30 show was just as packed as the first and we fed off the audience's great energy. This was my second time performing at the Bonita Springs First Presbyterian Church and I think each performance has been better than the last. After the shows the guys loaded the busses and headed to their homestays for the night. I can't wait to see what tomorrow holds here in sunny Southwest Florida! In Song, Jeremy Clifford

Jim Giberson

The weather delivered an overcast start to the day, but it was bright and cheerful inside the Port Royal Club of Naples. The men of the Glee Club delivered two energetic performances during Port Royal’s luncheon hours to lift members’ spirits on an otherwise dreary day. Glee Club members have the continual fortune of visiting Port Royal due to the hospitality of Walt and Jean Houston. After a delicious lunch and some recreation on the beach, the men hit the streets of downtown Naples to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Street festivals with live music, delicious food, and every kind green garb you can imagine were available for the men of the Glee Club to enjoy. By the end of the day the sun had made a visit, and everyone returned home with a smile on their face looking forward to a full day of much deserved rest on Thursday. In Song, Jim Giberson

Barry Helfrich

On the coldest March 18th in Fort Myers history, why not hit the beach? That's what most glee clubbers did on our day off from spring break performances. Some of us spent the morning with the Cobb's (a wonderful couple who splits their year between Lafayette, IN and Ft. Myers Beach, FL) who took us for a boat ride up the intercoastal to lunch at one of their favorite boat-friendly restaurants, Parrot Key. After lunch, we enjoyed some sun (some of us soaking up more than our fair share) and even ran into some classmates on the friendly shores of Ft. Myers Beach. It seemed to be the quickest day of the trip, but it served as a very enjoyable and relaxing day which would recharge us for the last leg of our trip. In Song, Barry Helfrich

Aaron Strand

Today was the last day of our performance tour, so we set out to make it the best day of our week. Our home stays said goodbye to us as they dropped us off at Barron Collier High School for a convocation. It was a lot of fun singing for their chorus, orchestra and music appreciation classes. Afterward, we got to hear their a cappella group sing a few songs and their chorus taught the Glee Club a song entitled “Unity.” It was a meaningful experience for both for both the Glee Club and their choir. After the convo, we headed over to Royal Poinciana Country Club for our final show of Spring Break. We got there at 1:30pm and had a quick set-up and sound check so that we could watch the Purdue Basketball team defeat Sienna in the first round of the Men’s Basketball tournament! Before the show, the Glee Club had a chance to mingle and get to know some of the guests of the country club. We met a Yale alumnus who was a member of the Whiffenpoofs. So after the show, we sang the title song. It was pretty neat. After the show we hopped on the bus to begin our long trek home. Most of us fell asleep within the first hour of being on the bus!! In Song, Aaron Strand

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