Wednesday, March 26, 2008

WE'RE HERE!!!

Well, we made it. Actually, we made it with about a half-hour to spare. If we didn't hit morning rush hour in NOLA we would have been 1 hour early! The bus ride, though long, was fairly uneventful. Our first driver, Russ, was great and our current driver, Bob, has been doing a fine job. Bob drove us earlier this year to Rolling Meadows, so it was nice to see a familiar face.

Once we arrived in NOLA we met our tour guide and walked along the Riverwalk to Jackson Square:


From there we had some beignets and coffee at the world famous Cafe du Monde. After stuffing our faces with powdered pastries, we proceeded to purchase paraphernalia at the French Market (nice alliteration - I must be tired...):


We then had a little time to explore, so we broke up into groups and walked around the French Quarter. One of the most impressive sights was the Saint Louis Cathedral (which is the oldest in the U.S.):


We then reconvened and went to rehearse at De La Salle High School for tomorrow's performance. The students and staff couldn't have been nicer and we are really looking forward to performing tomorrow.

Hard Rock Cafe was our dinner destination followed by a fantastic performance by Carl LeBlanc and his band at Preservation Hall. Carl even offered to jam with our guys but we had our instruments at De La Salle. Oh well....

On our interesting trek through Bourbon Street we ran into SPHS alum Joe Badsing!!! He was here with a contingent from Elmhurst College building a Habitat for Humanity home which was a great example for our guys. We got into the hotel around 9:45. More to follow tomorrow.

1 comment:

BassMom said...

How awesome it is to see the guys having a great time! We hope you are soaking in some sun for us back home because today it is overcast, and snainy (Snow and rainy)
Enjoy the rest of your time there! You make us proud!