Monday, March 5, 2012
We reached downtown Pittsburgh with a few hours to spare before needing to head over to the performance site, so many of us headed out to find a place to grab a bite. Market Square was only a few blocks away and provided many local options that were uniquely Pittsburgh. I had the chance to act upon recommendation and grabbed a famous Primanti Brothers stacked sandwich.
A few hours later we were at the performance venue for our first performance: Soliders and Sailors Memorial Hall. What a great place to get this tour started off right! The hall was massive and adorned with centuries-old furnishings and memorabilia. Circling the hall were numerous museum exhibits detailing the stories of America’s Soldiers and Sailors throughout our history. Inscribed on the towering wall behind the stage was Lincoln’s famed Gettysburg Address which provided quite the inspiring backdrop to our program.
With close to 2,000 enthusiastic patrons our first tour performance exceeded expectations! After the show, many wonderful stories were shared as some of us had the chance to visit with our audience. We can’t thank you enough for your service and support of the United States Navy and all of our armed service members. You make it a joy to bring "The World’s Finest” to your cities and towns, and we are forever grateful to be able to share our program with you.
Today we continue west to Marion, Ohio, for our second performance. We’ll see you at the Palace Theater tonight!
Musician 1st Class Michael Webb is a baritone vocalist in the Sea Chanters chorus.