Grrr… Excursion ~ KC3 – 2007

March 13th through March 18th +

Tiger Bands “On the Road” Series


Dear Band Scholars


At the outset, I would like to extend to you my warmest welcome to the nineteenth [yep, I said 19th – hard to imagine] “Grrr...Excursion” as we continue with our Tiger Bands “On the Road” series. This should be an especially exciting journey – one for which we have planned for nearly a year. It is particularly gratifying that for the first time, we shall be able to support either/or/both our Lady Tigers and Hap & Co. at their respective national tournaments [contingent upon their successful selection]. To this end, KC3 – 2007 shall take us to Jackson/Memphis – then on out to Kansas City. We have great memories of both these locales from past Grrr… Excursions  – and look forward to this, the 2007 edition of our travels. This Grrr… Excursion, as with our excellent past travels to Tulsa I, St. Louis I, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Dayton, Tulsa II, the Tennessee Caravan, Tulsa III, St. Louis II, Savannah I, Tulsa IV , Savannah II, Kansas City I, Savannah III, Savannah IV, Kansas City I, MGE to Nashville in 2003 & KCII – 2005 will enable us to remain true to our “Band Travel Tenets” of: opportunities to perform in new and varied venues; opportunities to be a focal point of excellence, excitement and enthusiasm for Georgetown College, opportunities to visit important educational/historic sites; opportunities to be strong ambassadors for the College; and opportunities for the continued growth of esprit de corps among members of our Tiger Bands. I know each of you will commit yourself to the unqualified success of the KC3 – 2007 Grrr... Excursion.


Additionally, although it is hard to believe, this will be the eighth [yep, I said 8th] National Championship Event in which our “Fighting Tiger Grrr...Pep Band” potentially shall participate [i.e. if we “round the weekend” and get to the final game] during the Modern Era of our Tiger Bands [aka Tulsa II-1996, Tulsa III-1998, Savannah I-1999, Tulsa IV-2000, Savannah II-2000, Savannah III-2001 and Savannah IV-2002]. These events have provided a not-to-be imagined “boon” for our Tiger Bands, bringing a level of exposure [live and via television] and national respect for the excellence in performance and imaginative “flavor and flair” for which we have become well-known. We are humbled by this great legacy, and grateful for the wonderful efforts of previous Band Scholars and the help of our many, many Band Friends that make our Tiger Bands “On the Road” series possible.


I cannot help but remember with greatest fondness our Grrr… Excursions of the past, starting with Tulsa I [Spring of 1994 when most of you were still in elementary school]. Over the years – the many memories – the many great Band Scholars & Band Friends who have traveled with us – well, I have said it many times, I am the luckiest feller in the world – I have the best job in the world. KC3 – 2007 shall add to the great, ongoing, ever-growing legend and lore of our Tiger Bands.


As always, there might be some changes, adjustments and alterations for KC3 – 2007 ~ as we get closer to the date ~ please know that I shall keep you posted. Please also remember that we are representing not only ourselves, but our entire Tiger Band Program and Georgetown College. It is a privilege for us to once again embark upon a Grrr...Excursion but please remember that with privilege goes responsibility. Let’s have a great trip. Grrr...


Dr. Pete


In this TourPac you will find …
(and yes, you must peruse carefully and digest fully all information)

(any/all E&O – aka Errors or Omissions are the sole responsibility of The Management)

1. purpose and objectives of the trip

2. loading and departure schedule

3. basic itinerary for trip

4. emergency telephone numbers

5. travel and behavior guidelines

6. room/housing assignments/alpha list of personnel

7. equipment needs

8. other general travel information

9. “FTGPB” Play List of Music

10. Medical Information/Release Form

(which we must have “on file” for each participant)

Purpose and Objectives of the KC3 – 2007 Trip


1. provide a focal point of excellence, excitement and enthusiasm for our Teams and our College

2. enhance the visible representation of Georgetown College at the NAIA National Basketball Tournaments

3. provide exciting venues in which our “FTGPB” may perform –

Oman Arena, Jackson, TN and the Municipal Auditorium – in Kansas City

4. provide a tour setting where our sensational “FTGPB” may further enhance their esprit de corps and pride

5. re-affirm the position and role that our Tiger Bands have earned and hold – as one of – if not the ...

 premier small-college band program in the country

6. provide an opportunity for the Band Scholars of our “FTGPB” to view/visit sites of educational interest, to be chosen from; Casey Jones Museum, Pinson Mounds, Shiloh National Battlefield Museum & Park, National Civil Rights Museum, W.C. Handy Home & Museum, Rock & Soul Museum, Sun Studios, New Madrid Historical Museum [New Madrid Fault & Sand Blows/Plumes], Truman Presidential Library, the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum & American Jazz Museum, The Kemper Gallery, the Kansas City Museum, the Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio,

the Buffalo Soldier Memorial at Ft. Leavenworth, et al

7. continue the excellent travel habits which we have established on our Tulsa I, St. Louis I, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Dayton, Tulsa II, the Tennessee Caravan, Tulsa III, St. Louis II, Savannah I, Tulsa IV , Savannah II, Kansas City I, Savannah III, Savannah I, Kansas City I,  MGE to Nashville in 2003 & KCII – 2005 trips.


Emergency Telephone Numbers


Croswell Bus Lines: 800-782-8747

[Ext 132-Anne-Marie; After Hours/Emergency-Ext 110]

Charter Number #16144

Supertel Inn – Jackson: 731.664.4312

Ms. Molly Schlafer [Sales Manager]

Hilton Garden Inn: 816.350.3000

Ms. Judith Watkins [Sales Manager]: 816.277.0097

NAIA Championships

Scott McClure [Championships Event Administrator] 913.791.0044-Ext 132

Renee Hultgren [Championships Event Administrator] 913.791.0044-Ext 118

Ruth Feldblum [Championships Event Administrator] 913.791.0044-Ext 129

NAIA National Office: 913.791.0044


Tiger Band “Hotline” [Band Mobile]: 859.806.6142 [PLUR/Tink ~ Lucas]

Dr. Peter LaRue – Mobile Telephone – 859.221.1315




Basic Information


Travel Synopsis

[changes/adjustments will be made as necessary]


Departure:             10:00 AM, Tuesday, March 13th

Return:                   10:00 PM on Sunday March 18th, or Tuesday, March 20th or Wednesday, March 22nd

Destinations:        From Georgetown, KY to Jackson, TN [360 miles]

                                From Jackson, TN to Independence, MO [493 miles]

                                From Independence, MO to Georgetown, KY [570 miles]
Purpose:                NAIA National Basketball Championship DI Women ~ Game Venue: Oman Arena

                                NAIA National Basketball Championship DI Men ~ Game Venue: Municipal Auditorium

Media:                    TBA [local radio for early games 104.9 FM, local and national television feed for Championship Games]

Transportation:    Chartered VIP Coach [Croswell]

                                Charter Number #16144

Chaperones:          Mr./Mrs. Lobitz

Director: Dr. Peter LaRue

Travel Party:         thirty-one (31)

27 Band Scholars [25 “playing members” + 2 “student-staff” members],

02 Chaperones, 01 Driver, 01 Director


Housing:                Supertel Inn – formerly the HamptonJackson, TN

                                Hilton Garden Inn – Independence, MO

Meals:                    $15.00 per participant/per day [will be divided into three “cycles” – CI-90.00, CII-30.00, CIII-15.00]


General Travel Information and Itinerary


Schedule Information


Please read the following schedule information with the GREATEST OF CARE [i.e. peruse carefully and digest fully]. Although there are some variables at this juncture – it is essential that you are fully aware of the basic schedule information. That which follows will serve as the framework upon which we will operate, knowing that changes and adjustments will be made as necessary. Please watch your email for updates and/or changes in our KC3 – 2007 plans. Grrr...


Monday, March 5th

04:00 PM         Symphonic Band Rehearsal – TourPac Distribution

                        [ongoing KC3 preparations by all work crews, prep/cleaning/painting of the drums]


Wednesday, March 7th

04:00 PM         Symphonic Band Rehearsal – Collect Med Info Forms

                        [ongoing KC3 preparations by all work crews]


Friday, March 9th

04:00 PM         FTGPB – Final Rehearsal – Required – KC3 – Final Plans


Monday, March 12th

[dorms open for any FTGPB Members needing to come back early]

08:00 PM:        R&L Hands – Final KC3 Prep


Tuesday, March 13th

08:30 AM        R&L Hands Report to Band Central

09:00 AM        Coach Arrives
                        All Band Worker Bees Report to Band Central

09:15 AM        All Travel Roster Personnel in Band Central

09:30 AM        Complete Loading Sequence

09:45 AM        Departure Devotionals as coordinated by Miss Kelly

10:00 AM        Depart for Jackson, TN [via E’Town, N’Ville & Shiloh]


**morning break – Exit 86, lunch in Gallatin, then to Shiloh National Battlefield Park**


06:00 PM         arrive at Supertel Inn, Jackson, TN


**check-in, tuck-in, rehearsal, supper**


Wednesday/Thursday, March 14th and/or 15th

Performance at Oman Arena in support of our Lady Tigers First Round National Tournament Game [contingent upon selection]


*if the Lady Tigers are not selected for participation in their National NAIA DI Championship Tournament – we shall embark upon site-seeing at educational/historic sites in the greater Jackson/Memphis, TN area*


*at the conclusion of the Lady Tiger’s first round game, we shall then immediately depart for Kansas City – there shall have to be some flexibility with these plans – as the Lady Tiger’s First Round game might occur on Wednesday or Thursday. We shall be in Kansas City [even if all-night travel is involved] for Hap & Co.’s 2nd Round Game (if still in tournament play) on Friday or educational/historic site-seeing in the greater Kansas City metroplex as deemed appropriate*


*if we get to Kansas City – and Hap & Co. are still in play – we shall follow the basic schedule as listed*


Tournament Daily Schedule

Basically, we will follow the same daily schedule as we have in the past [Tulsa II, III & IV, the sadly abbreviated KCI & the incredible KCII] with necessary adjustments and changes. Each day will be comprised of the following elements.....


[times will vary substantially – depending upon if the “game” on a given day is 2nd Round,

Quarter-Final, Semi-Final or the Championship Game – see “game times” later in the TourPac]


--Scholar Wake-Up

--Scholar Breakfast

--Daily Informational Meeting & Morning Devos

--Morning Visiting of Historic/Educational Sites of Interest

--Scholar Lunch

--Afternoon Prep For Games ~ R&R

--Warm-Up Rehearsal

-- Hotel Rally for Hap & Co.


--Scholar Supper

--Evening Activities

--Scholar Bedtime


[additionally – and as always – we shall add our special flair and flavor to assorted rallies for the Team and Alumni and other institutional events for the College – for these – we shall just be ready and flexible]


Departure Day [Sunday, March 18th or Tuesday, March 20th or Wednesday, March 21st]

06:30 AM        Scholar Wake-Up

07:00 AM        Loading Crew – Packing Sequence

07:30 AM        All Luggage Packed, All Keys/Cards Turned In At Front Desk

07:45 AM        Morning Devos

08:00 AM        Depart for Georgetown


**morning break, lunch, afternoon snacks, supper & evening snacks en route**


10:00 PM         Arrive Back in Georgetown


General Information


**further amplification of the following occurs – throughout the “TourPac”**


You Will Need To Take


01. Necessary Tiger Togs:

a. FTGPB – Classic Black Grrr...T Shirts

b. FTGPB – White [Five-Fold Band Tenet] T Shirts

c. FTGPB – Orange Viva la Grrr… Basics T Shirts

d. FTGPB – Special Kansas City T Shirts

e. FTGPB – Black Warm-Up Suits [pants and jacket – which shall be worn at every game]

f.  FTGPB – Band Hoodies

g. Band-Bands

h. Band Blazer

i.  khakis [tan or light brown]

j. Tiger Bands Orange & Black Garment Bags [all Tiger Togs should be hung/stored in the Tiger Garment Bags]



For either final four or championship games – we shall wear – khaks, designated t-shirt and band blazer*


*please attach your name/name tag on your Grrr… garment bag*


*personal expressions of your Grrr… Spirit are encouraged but not required*


Probable Game Wear

[changes and adjustments will be made as necessary]


Game One – Jackson

Full Warm-Up Suit – Orange Viva la Grrr... T Shirt


Game Two – Kansas City

Full Warm-Up Suit – Special Kansas City Tiger Bands/Tiger Basketball T Shirt


Quarter-Finals – Kansas City

Full Warm-Up Suit – White Five-Fold Band Tenet T Shirt


Semi-Finals – Kansas City

Band Blazer, Khaks, Classic Black Grrr… T Shirt


Championship Game – Kansas City

Band Blazer, Khaks, Orange Viva la Grrr… T Shirt


[no apparel (i.e. hats, etc.) will be permitted at any of the tournament games

which say other than Georgetown College and/or Tiger Bands (i.e. no UK hats, no LCA  hats, et al)]


02. appropriate clothing for up to nine days and eight nights [if we go all three “cycles”]



for bus travel – you should plan on dressing neatly – but comfortably – as always – it is particularly good to have any assorted Georgetown paraphernalia to wear at all times –

this is also true for our touring of educational and historic sites


03. swim suits [there is a beautiful indoor/outdoor pool/weight room at the hotel in Independence but not Jackson]

04. necessary toiletries and personal needs

05. any extra money which you might wish to spend on  food, souvenirs, extras, etc.

06. books/materials of academe for your studies [never hurts to study]

07. instrument and musical supplies as needed [valve oil, reeds, sticks, beaters, trombone prophylactics, etc.]

08. cameras, etc. for “photo-ops” as they occur

09. audio and video offerings for group enjoyment on the bus [no “Something About Mary” – The Management]

10. Pillow or blankie [woobie] for comfortable coach travel


Again – you will want to dress comfortably, but NEATLY for travel, as we will be stopping along the way,

eating, etc. and you want to always leave a good “Band Scholar”  impression.


It is only necessary for each person to take ONE LARGE SUITCASE, your Grrr... TIGER BANDS GARMENT BAG [in which you will hang all Tiger Togs] and ONE SMALL CARRY-ON. Excess luggage is cumbersome, takes up too much room and items are likely to get lost or damaged. Remember – please do not take more luggage than might be necessary. Space – as always – will be at a premium even with taking the VIP Coach.  IF YOU NEED LESS, TAKE LESS.


As I always say, please do not take large sums of $$$$$, six zillion dollar ear rings, DVD players, Ming Dynasty Vases or Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs. These items might get lost, damaged or misplaced, somewhere along the way.


It is very important for you to remember that YOU are responsible for your personal items. WE WILL NOT BE PROVIDING A VALET SERVICE FOR YOU!!! Also, it is your responsibility to help with all institutional equipment when loading, etc. And as always it is important to.....


“Protect the Womenfolk”


The Tournaments

We are so very excited that the performance aspect of this year’s Grrr… Excursion is supporting our Teams and our College both in Jackson, TN and Kansas City, MO. Although the brackets shan’t come out until the middle of the week [after you have already received your TourPac] I will forward them to you for your files and perusal. Game times, however, follow …

2007 Women ~ 27th Annual Division I Basketball Championship Tournament ~ March 14-20
Oman Arena ~ Jackson, Tennessee


First-Round [Central Time]
Wednesday, March 14: 8:30 AM;  10:15 AM; 12:00 PM [noon]; 1:45 PM; 4:00 PM; 5:45 PM; 8:00 PM; and 9:45 PM

Thursday, March 15: 9 AM; 10:45 AM; 12:30 PM; 2:15 PM; 4:30 PM; 6:15 PM; 8:00 PM and 9:45 PM


We shall perform at the game in which our Lady Tigers have been selected to play


2007 Men ~ 80th Annual Division I Basketball Championship Tournament ~ March 14-20
Municipal Auditorium ~ Kansas City, KS

301 W 13th & Wyandotte


Second, Quarter-Final, Semi-Final & Championship Games [Central Time]
As with all tournament performances, there will be some logistical questions to be answered – we will hopefully – have the opportunity to "scope-out" the place prior to our performance at Game Two.


Second Round – Friday, March 16: 9:00 AM; 10:45 AM; 12:30 PM; 2:15 PM; 4:30 PM; 6:15 PM; 8:00 PM; 9:45 PM.


Quarterfinals – Saturday, March 17: 2:00 PM; 4:00 PM; 6:00 PM.; 8:00 PM.


Rounding the Weekend – Semifinals – Monday, March 19: 6:00 PM; 8:00 M


Championship – Tuesday, March 20: 8:00 PM – Live nationwide on CSTV.

We want to remember that while we are at the NAIA National Championship tournaments and at the Oman Arena in Jackson, TN or the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City that – WE ARE THEIR GUESTS. Although we are obviously partisan advocates for OUR Team and OUR College, we want to be gracious guests and well-remembered for our courtesy, decency and politeness to all others. At all times, please remember the “magic words” PLEASE & THANK-YOU. I want you to be FLEXIBLE, kind, gracious and pleasant in all dealings that we shall have while there. It is a guarantee that we will not have the “run” of the venue as we do in our much-beloved Alumni Gymnasium – and we will have to abide by dozens of specific guidelines regarding the tournaments and each game including implications of media coverage. For some of the games – other “bands” will be present to represent other “teams”. We shall – as always treat them with dignity and respect.


It must also be remembered, that because of your great work and efforts – and that of earlier Band Scholars – at many previous NAIA National Championship events such as Tulsa II, III & IV and at Savannah I, II, III, IV and at Kansas City I & KCII we have quite a reputation to maintain with the NAIA folks. We arguably are … and maintain something of an anomaly with our much-beloved “FTGPB” we run a DI operation at a relatively small, liberal arts institution [and in many folks’ minds – at this time there is none other like us]. The NAIA folks know us well and have serious expectations for the high quality and standards of excellence that we bring to our performances.


Media Guide


When at National Championship venues, there will be a great deal of media [print, radio and television] and bands tend to be “featured” in this coverage. Please remember and heed the following regarding media …


01. if television cameras are turned towards you – ignore them in toto – your job, your responsibility is to play or cheer in the generally prescribed fashion


02. if someone comes and asks [aka “axe”] to interview you – refer them to me or P/T [aka Lucas]


General Travel Guidelines and Behavior


As we are representing not only ourselves, but also our entire Georgetown College family, in Jackson, Memphis, Kansas City and Independence, we must be MINDFUL ABOUT OUR GENERAL BEHAVIOR. It is essential that each of you act like mature adult Scholars and DO NOT WHINE [Hoss-Cat – in spirit – will still get you]. Some basic guidelines that will make our travels enjoyable …


1. all basic rules for student behavior on campus must also guide your actions and behavior while we are on the road.   

2. kindness and a general cooperative atmosphere is not only encouraged, but highly recommended. When we get tired [and on this trip we might] we sometimes get “grumpy” – do not however, take this out on your fellow “FTGPB” travelers.


3. items in your possession which are illegal, unethical, unwise or in any way violates the “general spirit” of our band travels or college policy are forbidden [verboten] – home you will be sent.


4. any of your general behavior which we deem unsuitable for “FTGPB” travel is also forbidden – home you will be sent.


5. remember always – do not fondle priceless works of art.


6. we want everyone we meet, whether at tournament games at Oman Arena, the Supertel Inn in Jackson, Municipal Auditorium, the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence or any other stops along the way, to have a lasting impression that the students of Georgetown College are the well-behaved, polite, courteous, bright young Scholars which you are – REMEMBER ALWAYS THE MAGIC WORDS – PLEASE & THANK-YOU!


7. as we will be spending a great deal of time in and around Jackson, Memphis, Independence & Kansas City – all of which are rather large metroplexes [unlike happy Georgetown] it is very important for you to remember to stay with the group, do not wander off and be careful of your general actions and possessions.


8. it is ESSENTIAL that you are always PUNCTUAL; if we say to meet somewhere at a certain time, be there a tad early. On any of our travels, the schedule is always “tightish” so be responsible for being where you are supposed to be, when you are supposed to be there.


9. generally ALWAYS BE HELPFUL and help watch out after each other. When we travel, we travel as our Band Family, and like all good families we must display collective concern for our entire unit.


10. please NEVER get off of the bus, until you are given the signal that we are ready to unload – this is for your own safety, and the well-being of the group.


11. please remember at both hotels there will be [might be] an “access fee” for local calls – though “we” pay for the rooms – any individual expenses which you accrue are your responsibility.


12.  beware of the dreaded “VANZANT TAX” [even long-since Jeff's departure] it might creep up on you it  is an evil [666] thing!


13. Make sure you identify all emergency exits in the hotels upon your arrival – ALWAYS … BE PREPARED


We want to continue the great trend of excellent “FTGPB” travel which we have established on our “GC Bands On The Road Series” in the past, including the Tulsa I, St. Louis I, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Dayton, Tulsa II, Tennessee Tiger Caravan, Tulsa III, St. Louis II, Savannah I, Tulsa IV, Savannah II, Savannah III , Savannah IV, Kansas City I, the MGE to Nashville in 2003 and KCII – 2005 trips. I trust that we will have no problem in any of the areas listed above. We must remember that this is another great opportunity for our “Fighting Tiger Grrr... Pep Band” and we want to take this responsibility seriously. We will definitely want to continue our “FTGPB” – On The Road Series, and how we get along on this trip will decide what our future plans might include. Please remember that ANY TRIP – CAN BE OUR LAST if you choose to misbehave. We are all in this together, and must respect each other, in all ways and in all places, and everyone with whom we come into contact.




Sites of Interest


Over the years a key and crucial component of any of our Grrr...Excursions is visiting important and noteworthy educational and historic sites of interest. These sites are very much in keeping with the “liberal arts” nature of Georgetown College in general and the general operational philosophy of our Tiger Bands in particular. Since our Tiger Bands “On The Road” series began in the 1993-1994 academic year, Band Scholars have been afforded the opportunity to visit sites of significance – including the Air Force Museum, Oak Ridge Nuclear Labs, Carnegie-Mellon Institute, The Grand Ol Opry, Gilcrease Art Museum, Will Rogers Museum, Harmon Science Center, Wooloroc, the Hermitage, the Parthenon, the Shiloh National Battlefield, Country Music Hall of Fame – to name but a few. This year - with KC3 – 2007 we are very excited that we are going to have the opportunity to visit some great, interesting, educational sites – as follows …


2007 Sites


Jackson, TN


Casey Jones Village

Location: 56 Casey Jones Lane Jackson, Tennessee  38305

Phone: 1.800.748.9588 or 731.668.1223

Hours: 6:30 am until 9 pm daily


Phone: 731-668-1222

Hours: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

Cost: $4 for Adults


Pinson Mounds

Location: 460 Ozier Road Pinson, TN 38366

Phone: 731-988-5614

Hours: Monday through Saturday Museum: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday 1-5 Park trails and picnic shelter are open until dark.


Shiloh National Park

Location: 1055 Pittsburg Landing Road Shiloh, Tennessee 38376

Phone: (731) 689-5696

Hours: dawn until dusk. The park visitor center and bookstore are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $100. NOTE: fee waiver for schools, see web. (must send in letter one (1) month in advance)


Salem Battlefield

Location: 58 Cotton Grove Road Madison County Jackson, TN

Phone: 731-424-1279

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Open Year-round.

Cost: Free


Memphis, TN


National Civil Rights Museum

Location: 450 Mulberry St Memphis, TN 38103-4214

Phone: (901) 521-9699


Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: $12.00 per person. Group tours may be scheduled 2 weeks in advance. For discount rate contact the Museum Group Tour department. Call (901) 521-9699, ext. 241 for more information and/or to schedule a tour.


W.C. Handy Home and Museum

Location: 352 Beale St., Memphis, TN

Phone: 901/522-1556


Cost: $2 (?)


Music Hall of Fame

Location: 97 S. 2nd St., Memphis, TN

Phone: 901/525-4007

Hours: 10-6

Cost: $7.50


Sun Studios

Location: 706 Union Avenue

Phone: (901) 521-0664

Hours: Daily - 10:00am to 6:00pm (with admission on the half hour)

Cost: ? (web not detailed)


Rock and Soul Museum

Location: 191 Beale, on the corner of legendary Highway 61 at the FedExForum sports and entertainment complex

Phone: 901-205-2533

Hours: open daily, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Cost: $10 for adults

Admission discounts of $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth (ages 5 – 17) are available for organized groups of 20 or more persons with advance reservations. Reservations can be made by calling (901) 205-2526. Rates subject to change. For organized groups, complementary admission is provided for chaperones, group organizer and/or bus drivers, not to exceed one complementary admission for every 10 paying group members.


Peabody Hotel

Location: 149 Union Ave., Downtown

Phone: 901/529-4000 or 800/732-2639


New Madrid, MO


New Madrid Historical Museum

Location: No. 1 Main Street

Phone: (573)748-5944


Kansas City, MO


Truman Presidential Library

Location: 500 W Hwy. 24   Independence


Hours: Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs till 9 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

Cost: Adults $7


Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Location: 1616 E 18th St.   Kansas City


Hours: Open 9am-6pm Tue.-Sat., noon-6pm Sun

Cost: Adults $6


Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

Location: 3700 Blue Parkway Kansas City

Phone: (816) 513-0770

Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday

Cost: FREE



Nelson-Atkins Museum

Location: 4525 Oak St. Kansas City

Phone: 816.751.1ART

Hours: 10am-4pm, Tues-Thur; 10am-9pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat; noon-5pm, Sun.

Cost: FREE


Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Location: 4420 Warwick Blvd. Kansas City

Phone: 816-753-5784

Hours: Tues.–Thurs. 10–4, Fri.–Sat.10–9, Sun. 11–5

Cost: FREE


Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio

Location: 3616 Belleview Ave. Kansas City

Phone: 816.931-5722


Hours: 10am-4pm Mon.-Sat., noon-5pm Sun.

Cost: Adults $2.50


Abilene, KS


Eisenhower Presidential Library

Location: Abilene is located on I-70 approximately 150 miles west of Kansas City and 90 miles north of Wichita on K-15. The Eisenhower Library is located about 2 miles south of I-70 on K-15


Hours: 9 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

Cost: museum: a “small fee” per 8 people, other buildings: FREE


American Indian Art Center

Location: American Indian Art Center 206 S. Buckeye Abilene, Ks

Phone: (785) 263-0090

Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Sunday:  10:30 am4:30 pm (closed Wednesday)

Cost: FREE


*costs are listed – but as with all things on a Grrr… Excursion – these fees are covered by your ever-popular Tiger Bands*


*depending upon available “technology” daily Grrr… Excursion Updates will be sent to members of our Tiger Band Friends & Family*


Remember always …


We never know how high we are ‘til called to rise


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act – but a habit.


Put your hands to work, your heart to God.


Music is a Gift back to the Giver.


Be Intentional.


Choose to be happy.


Viva la Grrr…



Institutional Equipment


There follows a listing of the institutional equipment which will take on the KC3 – 2007 trip. This is obviously NON-INCLUSIVE of personal instruments/belongings for which you are responsible. The following list is intended to help the loading crew and myself – make sure that we do not forget anything important.


Medicine Chest [4-6-36]

Medical/Dental Information Forms

“Seth II” [memory stick, batteries and charger]

PJL Cell & Band Hotline [PLUR] with chargers


Green Trunk I

(with tools, etc.)


Green Trunk II

(Give-A-Ways, Band-Bands, GYGO CD’s)


(Travel Cases = Rolley Trunks)


Rolley Trunk I

(spare supplies, 3-points signs)


Rolley Trunk II

(spare Tiger Togs)


Rolley Trunk III

(Rainy Day Supplies)


Rolley Trunk IV

(Rogue Percussion)


Rolley Trunk VA

(Rainy Percussion)


Rolley Trunk VB

(Ivan, electric cords, extra Give-A-Ways)


Rolley Trunk VD

(P/T Supplies)



GC Paraphernalia

2 Tubas & Cases [with new handles]

3 Bass Drums and Cases

3 Bass Drum Stands

1 Marching Snare & Stand


1 Quint & Quint Stand

suspended cymbal & stand

assorted cow bells, assorted tambourines

assorted sticks, beaters, mallets, etc.

[with spares]

assorted “small” percussion

[i.e. go-go bells, etc]


garbage bags [lots for bus and stands]

paper towels [lots]

orange SP&C cooler

styrofoam coolers

paper cups

masking tape, gray duct tape & clear duct tape – lots

FTGPB Sign, Grrr... Sign, Goats Beard

Decorations for Stands

 [i.e. American Flags, et al]

Tiger “Paw” face stencils

the ubiquitous “Tree”

Ivan & 5 Shirts & electric cords

3 dry erase boards & dry erase markers/erasers

anything else which we might use





Work Crew Assignments ~ KC3


Although as always, it is necessary for everyone to pitch in and help with all that needs to be done, I am selecting the following Band Scholars for special Grrr... Excursion Duties to ensure the unqualified success of our KC3 trip. Please carefully peruse this list and if you have any questions about your role, please ask me. It is essential for me to know that I can count upon you Scholars in these special roles. Thanks in advance.  Grrr...


Lucas Gravitt [The Right Hand], Executive Coordinator, KC3 ~ 2007

Michael-Patrick Gilkison [The Left Hand], Coordinator, KC3 ~ 2007


Preparation Percussion Equipment

Matthew, Taras & Jeremy


Medicine Chest/Prep Green Trunks



Preparation of Accounting Book



Travel Snacks

Nora, Beth, Lauri & Erica


Preparation of all Signage

Ten of Hearts, Sara, Emily & Colby


Loading Crew

Jarrod [Coordinator], Jared, Jeremy, Joshua

and one Elf


     Order of Loading

1) institutional instruments/equipment

2) personal instruments

3) garment bags

4) personal luggage


The Enforcer
Big Jared

White Trash & Decorating Crew

 [Bus, Game Site, All Other Stops]

Nora, Sarah, Melissa,

Allison & Emily


In Charge of Solid Shapes


[better since he is back with us]


Head Count

[arguably the most important job]



Departure Devos and Morning Devos

Miss Kelly, Christina, Liz, Taras, Joshua & Jeremy


Keeper of  “Seth II” [Photo-Ops]



Audio/Video Engineer

[for your bus enjoyment]



Set‑Up/Front Crew for KC3

PLUR & Miles Per Gallon


Group “Den Mother”



Social Chair



Historian – Tour Guide



Happiness Agent



Anti‑Whining Agent

Taras, our Favorite German


Band Alchemist



Keeper of Ivan

An Elf


In Charge of Dr. Pete's Sanity

The Queen

Cousin Kim [in abstentia]

Little Jason [in abstentia]

The R&L Hands [in stentia]





Please Do Not Hesitate to Join Our ...

“Partnership for an Idiot-Free america





All personal instruments, the tubas, the drums, and other percussion equipment will be stored on the bus in the cargo bays. We will follow the same procedure as we have with all past Grrr... Excursions. Again, YOU, AND YOU ALONE are responsible for your personal instrument. Any time we depart [from GC, from informal rallies or other playing opportunities, or tournament games, etc.] ask yourself, “did I put my instrument on the bus”? Also, it is a good idea to take extra reeds, corks, valve oil, etc. which might be needed during the course of our trip. I will be taking some generic repair equipment, but the scope of this equipment is limited.


Meal Money


You will be given 15.00 per day for the trip [Cycle I=90.00, Cycle II=30.00, Cycle III=15.00 or a potential total of 135.00]. This should very adequately cover your eating needs, however if you are a Scholar Hog, I would recommend that you take some extra $$$.




As you know, we are staying at two fine properties; the Supertel Inn [formerly the Hampton] – Jackson and the Hilton Garden Inn – Independence which are very nice places indeed. You of course, are expected to act and behave in the hotels as the fine young Scholars that you are.  Appropriate behavior does not include foolishness like the unnecessary messing up of rooms, loud or disruptive behavior [obviously, there will be many other guests in the motels] breaking or in any way harming the furnishings of the motels and certainly not taking from the motels, anything which you did not bring with you. Any charges beyond the basic room charge will be your responsibility. Please remember that there is very likely a CHARGE FOR OUT-GOING LOCAL CALLS. In the past this has been an unfortunate surprise for some Scholars. Know that you will probably be charged .75 to 1.00 for each call placed outside of the motels [to order a pizza etc.] You will be responsible for these charges.  You will also be responsible for the keys/cards given to you. Please remember that there will be many guests in the motels in addition to us, and we must treat them with respect, as we would want them to treat us with respect. We must be sure that the fine folks at the Supertel Inn and the Hilton Garden Inn will want us back again in the future.


Books & Materials of Academe


It is never an “unwise” choice – to take along some books or materials of academe on any of our Grrr... Excursions. I acknowledge that most of KC3 – 2007 will be during Spring Break – however – if we do “round the weekend” you will be on the “academic clock”. As such, and as there will be a great deal of time on the bus – for you to study – this is a good way for you to spend your time.




As you know, an integral part of our Band Travels – Grrr... Excursions is the opportunity for you to visit and view educational and historic sites of interest. This is a very valuable and important side of our collective travel experience, and we want to take full advantage of these opportunities. We will “fit” site-seeing in and around tournament games as possible/necessary. Although there is always a certain degree of flexibility which must apply to any travel plans, we will “hit” the main sites of interest for KC3 – 2007 which were listed earlier in the TourPac.


Each of these stops provide special meaning and lasting memories for each of our Band Scholar Grrr... Excursions.  Please remember, when around other groups of people, particularly in the motels, the tournament games or at other site-seeing stops, please be polite and do not be disruptive or make loud bizarre comments. Help watch after each other.




Please be more than PUNCTUAL at all times. If I say we are going to leave a certain place at a certain time, BE THERE. It will be slightly problematic if we are spending a great deal of time waiting and wondering where someone is [and Scholar Diane, as “head-counter” extraordinaire will become “irked” with you]. If you tend to have a problem with punctuality, this is a good time to mend your wicked ways. Although being “on the clock” is always an important aspect of being a Band Scholar, when we are “on the road” punctuality is particularly essential. Please be good Scholars and don't make more of my hair fall out or turn gray [and/or orange if we get to the Championship Game]. Remember, I'm aging very rapidly at this juncture in my life.


Worship Service


In some of our past travels we have collectively attended Sunday Worship Services and this is always a very special time for our Band Scholars. This year, however, if we round the weekend – we are going to be having our own, private Sunday Worship Service [led by Miss Kelly & Co. and very likely also involving the Basketball Team]. I think this will make for a very powerful experience for each of us. Depending upon game results – our Sunday Worship Service shall take place either in or around Kansas City or “on the road” as we return to Georgetown.


Again, I am extraordinarily pleased that we again have the privilege and pleasure to represent Georgetown College, support our Teams and showcase our Tiger Bands at the NAIA National Basketball Tournaments in Jackson and Kansas City. I look forward to the opportunity to again travel with each of you on another Grrr...Excursion knowing that you will continue to be exemplars of our cherished Five-Fold Band Tenets.....


Academic Excellence      Musical Achievement     Spiritual Values

Leadership Skills     Commitment to Georgetown College


I look forward to another great trip and the opportunity to again let folks see and hear our much-beloved Fighting Tiger Grrr...Pep Band. Be Well.



Most Warmly,

Pete LaRue

Tiger Bands




2006-2007 Performance Season

Viva la Grrr…

Band is our Business ….. and Business is Good!




KC3 – 2007 – Play List


Primary Grrr… Tunes


Devil with a Blue Dress On

Gimme Some Lovin'

Good Golly Miss Molly

Iron Man [maybe]

Johnny B. Goode

Land of a Thousand Dances

Lion Sleeps Tonight

Louie Louie [Lewis, Lewis]

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

Mony, Mony

[featuring MPG]

Peter Gun

Son of a Preacher Man


Zoot Suit Riot

[featuring our Favorite German]

Other Grrr… Classics


Fight Song

Hey Cheer [Version 2.20 – led by Young Jeremy]

Shake Your Hoo-Haw [Beware!]

Shine Down

My Old Kentucky Home


Grrr… Cheer Tunes


Go GC Cheer [Version 3.10]

[b flat, d, e flat, e natural , f]

Go Tigers Cheer

[b flat, b flat, a, a flat - back up]

Three-Point Shot Fanfare

The Alchettes [Alchy in abstentia]



[used as necessary – deemed appropriate – maybe]


First Down Song [for mean opponents]

Happy Birthday [someone will request this]

If You’re Happy and You Know It [Junior’s Influence]

Jeopardy [maybe]

Play Your Own Fight Song [to confuse folks]

Snappy Drum Stuff #1

It must be remembered that in tournament settings – particularly national venues – that we will tend to play less and cheer more – everyone needs to be in high gear and focused upon adding our special little flair and flavor to the proceedings – Junior will be having “cheer tutorials” for us in en route





Final Housing List ~ KC3 – 2007

 (03-01-07 – Version 1.30)





Lady Scholars



Gentlemen Scholars


1-double; 2-triples;




1-double; 2-singles





Room #1___________

Michelle Ginn

Lauri Hensley

Erica Miller

Room #6___________

Lucas Gravitt

Michael-Patrick Gilkison


Room #11___________

Bus Driver



Room #2___________

Christina Thomas

Sarah Columbia

Sara Clarke

Room #7___________

Gavin Sewell

Jarrod Hunt

Andrew Craig

Room #12___________

Dr. Pete LaRue


Room #3___________

Kelly Kays

Elizabeth Simpson

Emily Dodson

Room #8___________

Matthew Bell

Taras Golditchuk

Jeremy Mahlman


Room #4___________

Beth Beasley

Diane Adler

Allison Bickers


Room #9___________

Eric Fields

Jared Cain

Joshua Snowden

Colby Whittaker


Room #5___________

Nora Whitehead

Melissa Abner

Sierra Gooch

Room #10___________

Mrs. Janet G. Lobitz

Mr. Dick Lobitz




Band is our Business ….. and Business is Good




Travel R oster ~ KC3




Melissa Abner

Sara Clarke

Emily Dodson

Kelly Kays



Diane Alder

Sarah Columbia


Saxophone Team

Beth Beasley

Allison Bickers

Lauri Hensley

Elizabeth Simpson

Colby Whittaker



Jared Cain



Andrew Craig

Jarrod Hunt

Gavin Sewell



Eric Fields

*Lucas Gravitt

Erica Miller

Josh Snowden

Christina Thomas



*Michael-Patrick Gilkison

Michelle Ginn



Matthew Bell
Taras Golditchuk

Sierra Gooch

Jeremy Mahlman

Nora Whitehead


Student Staff

*denotes student staff



Mr. & Mrs. D. Lobitz


Bus Driver ~ Croswell

Mr. Bus Driver


One, Slightly Aging Director

Pete LaRue


Total Students – Playing: 25

Total Students – Staff: 02

Total Students: 27


Total Adults: 04

Total Travel Party: 31


Alpha Listing


Melissa Abner

Diane Alder

Beth Beasley

Matthew Bell

Allison Bickers

Jared Cain

Sara Clarke

Sarah Columbia

Andrew Craig

Croswell Bus Driver

Emily Dodson

Eric Fields

Michael-Patrick Gilkison

Michelle Ginn

Taras Golditchuk

Sierra Gooch

Lucas Gravitt

Lauri Hensley

Jarrod Hunt

Kelly Kays

Dr. Pete LaRue (Director)

Dick Lobitz (Chaperone)

Jan Lobitz (Chaperone)

Jeremy Mahlman

Erica Miller

Gavin Sewell

Elizabeth Simpson

Josh Snowden

Christina Thomas

Nora Whitehead

Colby Whittaker





The Management




Medical and Dental Information Form

GC Bands “On The Road Series” – KC3 – 2007

[we must have a copy for every member of our Travel Party prior to departure – Junior shall be collecting them]


The following information is sought so that in the event of a medical emergency, the best treatment may be immediately administered. This is for “IN HOUSE USE ONLY”. If you feel uncomfortable with any of the questions, please do not respond. Understand, that I am trying to plan ahead, in case one of you Band Scholars gets ill.


Full Name:

Last _____________

First: ____________

Middle: __________


Mobile Telephone (which you will/may have with you for KC3)

Area Code: _______

Number: __________

Home Address:


City: _____________

State/Zip: _________

Home Telephone:

Area Code: _______

Number: _____________________________


Contact Person (in case of emergency):

Name: _______________________________

Relation: _________

Contact Person Telephone Number

Land Line

Area Code: _______

Number: __________

Contact Person Telephone Number


Area Code: _______

Number: __________

Medical Insurance Carrier

Name: ___________

Policy/Group Number: __________________

Dental Insurance Carrier

Name: ___________

Policy/Group Number: __________________






Any regular medication of which an attending physician should be aware?     No     Yes

If Yes – name of drug(s) ___________________________________________________________________________






Any known allergies/allergic reaction to medicine(s) of which an attending physician should be aware?     No     Yes

If Yes – name of drug(s) ___________________________________________________________________________






Any known pre-existing conditions of which an attending physician should be aware?     No     Yes

If Yes – nature/name of condition(s) _________________________________________________________________







Any Church or Religious objection(s) to any specific type of medical care?     No     Yes

If Yes – please describe fully _______________________________________________________________________






Your Signature:












Peter LaRue

Tiger Bands