Vesper Choir continues spring tour despite bus accident


Despite enduring a bus accident, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir continues its spring tour which includes performances in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Based on a report from the News-Gazette, the bus driver dozed off somewhere near Ratoul, Ill., and drove into the median. One person was treated at the scene while the other four were treated at a nearby hospital and released the same day.

Michael J. Bates, director of the more than 60 voice ensemble and interim chairman of the department of music, was one of the passengers affected by the incident.

“The group is very resilient,” said Bates, noting that the members exhibited their cohesion as a group and showed a great deal of concern for each other. “We are thankful for the outpouring of concern from alumni, university officials and others. We are glad that something more serious hadn’t happened.”

Having already performed in Chicago at Rock of Ages Missionary Baptist Church and Greater Rock Missionary Baptist Church, the tour will continue as follows:

March 20 — Riverside University High School at Milwaukee at 1 p.m.; Mt. Zion MBC at Milwaukee at 7 p.m.

March 22 — Martin Luther King High School at Detroit at noon; The Historic People’s Community Church at Detroit at 6 p.m.

March 23 — Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church at Detroit at 6 p.m.

March 24 — El Bethel Baptist Church at Redford Charter Township, Mich.; Liberty Temple Baptist Church at Detroit; Third New Hope Baptist Church at Detroit