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Taipei Yuehfu's Pennsylvania adventure

Taipei Yuehfu's Pennsylvania adventure

by Drum Corps International

They say that a journey of a million miles begins with one single step. But for 60 members of the Taipei Yuehfu corps from Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., a journey of a million miles can go awry with one simple bus ride. The group's journey was flawless from Taiwan through Chicago and Newark, N.J. But because of stricter airport security measures, the group was rushed when loading buses at the Newark airport. As a result, the two buses full of the Taiwanese corps members (the buses were driven by American drivers) got separated from the equipment truck and an escort car driven by Lehigh Valley Knights tour director Glen Paisley. "It was a logistical nightmare! Basically, we lost them!" Paisley said. The buses followed what they thought were the right directions to Lehigh Carbon Community College in Allentown, Pa. – a one-hour drive from Newark airport at the most. But the bus drivers took a couple wrong turns, and the corps – who knew they were staying at a college in Allentown and not much more – wound up at DeSales University, which is also in Allentown. Ironically, DeSales is where the Cadets of Bergen County, N.J., hold their camp each year. After realizing the mistake and after a little more driving, the corps finally rolled into the right host college at 3 a.m. "We were on the road looking for them," Paisley said. "They were quite embarrassed. But they were up at 8:30 this morning, and they're still going (at 4:30 p.m.July 11) – jet lag and all. They're a great bunch." Taipei Yuehfu is performing in Easton, Pa., on July 14, in Southbridge, Mass., on July 19, in Pittsburgh on July 29, and at World Championships in Madison, Wis., from Aug. 5 through Aug. 10.

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