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Local students perform on 2-week Purdue music groups' tour of Europe

Fort Wayne residents Dylan Simpson, left, and Matt Wildrick stand outside the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris during Purdue Musical Organizations' recent concert tour in Europe. (By Rod King for The News-Sentinel)
Fort Wayne residents Dylan Simpson, left, and Matt Wildrick stand outside the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris during Purdue Musical Organizations' recent concert tour in Europe. (By Rod King for The News-Sentinel)
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Dwenger, Homestead grads are part of Purdue Glee Club.

Saturday, June 01, 2013 12:01 am
Two Fort Wayne young men returned Tuesday from a two-week concert tour of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France with the Purdue Musical Organizations group. The group presented five formal concerts — four in churches — and six impromptu performances.Dylan Simpson and Matt Wildrick are part of the Glee Club, which performed twice Sunday. One performance was an impromptu songfest outside Cathedrale Notre-Dame in Paris and then in the church for high Mass.

Simpson, a Bishop Dwenger High School graduate, is a junior studying actuarial science. Wildrick, a Homestead High School graduate, is a junior studying computer science.

In addition to their performances, the students toured Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp in Austria; explored a salt mine near Saltsburg, Austria; and toured Neuschwanstein Castle near Fussen, Germany, the inspiration for Disney World's Magic Castle.

They also had a snowball fight on top of 7,000-foot-high Mount Pilatus near Lucerne, Switzerland; rode the 180-kilometer-per-hour bullet train from Basil, Switzerland, to Paris; and ended their trip at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where they sang and assisted in lowering and folding the two large American flags.

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