After a nice start to our tour yesterday, we headed across the Pennsylvania state border into New Jersey for our concert tonight at Phillipsburg High School. The hall was quite charming, with decorative chandeliers along the ceiling that reflected the older character present throughout the entire school. We were met with generous amounts of hospitality from everyone at the school that made us feel very welcome! Along with some great help loading our gear from staff members, we were treated to some excellent home-cooked food before the show that made us feel just a little bit closer to home. And if that wasn’t enough, we were treated to a short performance from "Pieces of 8," a female barbershop group of students from the school’s music program. They pulled off an inspired performance that reminded us all how important music can be in an educational setting.
The house was packed tonight with a very appreciative audience. Several veterans came up to us afterwards to share their stories and how our performance made them proud of their time in service. We are always moved to hear how what we do makes an impact on others; Especially those who have served before us.
Well done, "Pieces of 8," and a big thank you to all who helped make our night at Phillipsburg High a great one! See you tomorrow in Toms River, N.J.
Musician 1st Class Mike Webb is a bass vocalist in the Sea Chanters.