Here begins the 40th tour of the Land of Lakes Choirboys. Welcome All to the first blog post. Today we set sail from Elk River Lutheran church to Woodstock, Illinois. With a plentiful smorgasbord of breakfast delights, the boys gathered around 7am to eat, pack final items, take pictures, and see their loved ones off.
First-time tourers spent the morning getting orientated to the excitement around them. On the bus I asked them what they were mostly looking forward to. Cole, Connor, and Sam Griepp were all excited about swimming at Florida’s Cocoa Beach. While Keegan, Jack and Gus were enthusiastic about conquering the world’s scariest roller coasters at Six Flags in St. Louis. Isaac too was looking forward to Six Flags but he was mostly eager to explore the National Civil War Naval Museum. I didn’t get to ask Tristan Wellman what he was mostly looking forward to, so you all will just need to stay tuned for tomorrow.
While getting from newbies their thoughts on tour, I also asked if a couple veterans would give them some advice. “Take good pictures”. “Don’t forget anything in your host home”. They’re so wise.
If you weren’t at the send-off, you didn’t see that Charlie came back to drive for the boys again. After tonight’s concert, Aaron introduced him to the audience. The boys roared with applause. He’s well-loved and respected. We’re grateful to have him back.
Tonight’s concert went very well. The boys shared their stage time with the Encore Touring Choir under the very competent direction of Ann Tucker and Kim Sherrer. After a half hour of Encore’s great singing, the boys took stage for their first tour performance. It was very well-received from the first ringing of the hand chimes to the last bow of “Thank You Very Much”. According to Aaron, there WAS one complaint from a local music teacher. ” You needed to bring tissues. I cried the whole time”. That’s a complaint we’ll take as a compliment. 🙂