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China 2016

China 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:49am

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.

University Singers, China 2016

The Confucian temple, Qufu

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:43am

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.

University Singers - China 2016

After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and went to a masterclass with one of the university’s choirs.

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 9:38am

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).

University Singers - China 2016

We had a full day of touring the university, singing, and meeting new students. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 3:34pm

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.

Ireland 2016

Marching Mizzou Ireland
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 11:44am

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!

Marching Mizzou Ireland
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 10:50am

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. 

Marching Mizzou Ireland
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 10:46am
Today Marching Mizzou was bound for Galway, Ireland, in the early morning.
We had a bus tour of the various landmarks seen from the highway from our bus driver. The bus driver on bus four taught the Marching Mizzou member traditional Irish folk songs to help them prepare for the music at Monroe's Tavern.
Marching Mizzou Ireland
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 10:23am
Today we started the day with a bus tour of Dublin. The buses dropped us off at Trinity College where we took a tour of the museum and the Old Library.
Next we went to the Guinness Storehouse where we had a small band perform. We followed the performance with a tour of the storehouse to learn how Guinness is made and shopped in the store.
Marching Mizzou Ireland

Pin worn by all members of the parade.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 3:23pm

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. 

Marching Mizzou Ireland

Clayton Hotel photo by Max Boyd

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 4:33pm
Today Marching Mizzou landed in Dublin around 5:30 a.m. After getting our luggage we loaded the buses. Our hotel check in was not until 1 p.m., so we took a bus tour of Dublin visiting various parts of the city and neighboring villages including the neighborhood of Howth. One of the first stops was in Malahide on the coast of the Irish Sea where we could view the Ireland Eye.