MU School of Music Blog
This is going to be a double update for the past two days (Sunday and Monday) because I haven’t had a chance to write yet. Sunday was our first full day in Chongqing. Gary took us to the home of American WWII general Joseph W. Stilwell which has since been turned into a museum.
Yesterday (Saturday) was a very packed day of touring, sight-seeing, and travel. We started the day in Qufu and continued our tour of the three Confucius sites (we saw the cemetery on Friday). We first visited the Kong family mansion and saw a short demonstration of Chinese opera. Then we made our way to the Confucian temple, which is the largest and most renowned in the world.
It’s 10:15 pm on Friday. Today was a long and busy day. We started the day with breakfast in our hotel on the SDUT campus. After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and went to a masterclass with one of the university’s choirs. It was an incredibly interesting experience for us (and hopefully for the Chinese students as well).
It is 8:30 am on Thursday, May 19th in China. We all met at the St. Louis airport at 4:00 am (Central time) on Tuesday morning, and after three long flights and an hour and a half bus ride we made it to the Xingyuan Hotel on the Shandong University of Technology (SDUT) campus in Zibo, (outside of Jinan) about 2 am Thursday morning.
Today Marching Mizzou went to Blarney Castle. The park featuring the castle has the famous Blarney Stone that is said to bring eloquence when one kisses the stone. The climb up to the stone is 100 steps up the castle!
Today Marching Mizzou participated in the Limerick International Marching Band competition. We participated in the parade with a performance at the grand stand of the "Missouri Waltz", Jungle Beats drum cadence and "Hey Baby!" We participated in a battle of the bands style performance against the other bands.
Today is the third day of Marching Mizzou's trip to Ireland. We woke up early to get ready for the St. Patrick's Day festival parade that took place in Dublin. This is the 100th Anniversary of Easter Uprising, which made this day even more special.