The adventure begins!

By Charlene Slaughter

A few years ago, I used to joke around with a good fiend of mine about dropping everything and taking a cross country trip. In our scenario, we would buy one of those old vans from the 70’s and paint it in psychedelic colors and drive from city to city, exploring our nation. It was a fun fantasy, but I never really thought it would come true.

Well, here I am, traveling across the country with the Claflin University Concert Choir. I couldn’t ask for better company. Don’t worry, we didn’t paint the University bus, but we will have the opportunity to explore the nation.

In all, we will visit nine states – Georgia, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah, Colorado, Missouri and Tennessee – with many exciting stops in between. I, along with the members of the concert choir, will be your tour guides, and we invite you to travel the country with us. Log on as often as you like to see what we’re up to. View photos of us in Utah, or see video of the choir performing in cities including Dallas, Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada and Denver, Colorado.

The tour will last 16 days with the choir singing at high schools and performing evening concerts across the nation. So, though you’re not physically here with us, take a virtual seat on our tour bus and join us for this wonderful experience.

Oh, and don’t knock those fun fantasies. You may wake up on day and find yourself living them.

Claflin Concert Choir 2009

Tour Highlights

Saturday, May 9
7:00 p.m.
Providence Baptist Church
2295 Benjamin E. Mays Dr. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30311

Monday, May 11
7:00 p.m.
St. Luke Community United Methodist Church
5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75223

Thursday, May 14
7:30 p.m.
Zion North Las Vegas UMC
2108 N. Revere St.
North Las Vegas, NV 89030

Friday, May 15
7:00 p.m.
Scott United Methodist Church
444 N. Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103

Tuesday, May 19
11:00 a.m.
Visit: Mormon Tabernacle
50 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84150

Friday, May 22
7:30 p.m.
Evening Concert
Magnolia Ave UMC
2700 East Magnolia Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37914

Sunday, May 24
8:30 a.m./10:45 a.m.
First Broad Street United Methodist Church
100 East Church Circle
Kingsport, TN 37662


11 Responses to “The adventure begins!”

  1. tmcneil Says:

    Greetings to all! We are now in Dallas, Texas! We had an AWESOME performance in Atlanta, GA at Providence Missionary Baptist Church. We had the wonderful privilege of meeting TV’s Judge Hatchett and her mother who is a beautiful alumnus of Claflin University. We will be leaving Dallas, Texas in the morning at eight o’clock to head for Van Horn, Texas! Continue to pray for us in Jesus’ Name!

  2. Wassup SC and surrounding states. The tour is going well thus far!!!! We are about to load the bus and leave Van Horn, TX, on our way to Phoenix, AZ. Well the only thing I don’t look forwARD TO IN THIS city is the HEAT!!! It is 100 with a low of 97 all day…. but we’ll make it fun , I just hope they have a pool on deck!!! LOL

  3. Tyshawn O. Johnson Says:

    Hey Choir family. I hope you all are doing well on tour. I know that you are giving your all. I miss you all so very much. I wish I could be with you all. LORD KNOWS THAT I WOULD BE LAUGHING IT UP WITH YOU ALL AND HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE. Cant wait to see who you guys to this amazing choir of ours. LOVE YOU ALL TO DEATH INCLUDING YOU DR. MCGEE. THANKS AGAIN FOR GIVING ME A CHANCE MY FRESHMAN YEAR. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

  4. L. Zimmerman Keitt, CUIAA President Says:

    Hi dr. McGee and Choir,

    I know you all are having a wonderful time. We pray for a fantastic tour and a safe return to Orangeburg. Do not get the idea of trying to stay out there. We need you to return to Claflin University, where the World needs Visionaries.

    Have a Bless Time. May God Bless all of you in a very special way.

    Love and Panther Pride,

    Liz Zimmerman Keitt, Claflin University International Alumni Association President

  5. Mchisolm's Says:

    Hello my fellow CLAFLINITIES So far I am enjoying myself on the tour, even though I am getting a little homesick. However, I have the opportunity to see new places and see new faces that I never seen before. I am also able to build new friendship with people on the choir (Ariel, Chesney, and Salley) just to name a few. I would like to thank God, my family, Dr. McGee, and all other people that helped make this tour possible.

  6. Tamuka Chidyausiku Says:

    Go CUCC! Make us proud with your soulful, heavenly sounds of praise! I pray that the Lord keeps each of you safe as you mark your way throughout this amazing journey. “Fambai zvakana” – Travel Well

    Your greatest “Ding ding” Fan

  7. Justine Smith & Janie McDaniel Says:

    We live in Northern California and was thrilled to hear your Choir was touring California. Even though we did not get a chance to hear you perform we did meet my nephew, Paul Morton at Pier 39 in San Francisco, CA. whom we are extremely PROUD of.
    May God continue blessing all of you get you and give you traveling grace back to Orangeburg.
    Greeting from California
    Justine Smith and Janie McDaniel

  8. Hey Yall tour is almost over!!! We are on the last leg, but trust we will bring home the gold medal by finishing strong

  9. Alma Burnell Thompson Says:

    I am so proud of my beautiful, talented God Grandaughter Ashley Moore. I wish much success to you and to this awesome choir.

    I love you Ashley
    MaMa Burnell

  10. Greeting to all,

    Thank you for sending me this beautiful website. I am a 1981 graduate of Claflin University. Also, a memberof this awesome choir. Each and everytime I see or hear you sing, I just wish I could be there again to sing with you. I enjoyed every tour and concert that we had during my years with the Claflin Concert Choir. Keep up the good job and I love each of your beautiful voices. God Bless each of you.
    Love Brenda Lewis-Boyd

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