The Happiest Place on Earth: Walt Disney World

By Nichole Santangelo

During spring break, the marching band had the honor of marching in the Main Street Electrical Light Parade at Disney World. It is an extreme honor to have received the grand opportunity of performing at night. The band put in so much hard work, and we are all so proud to have become part of Disney’s Performing Arts history.  The trip also included going to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, EPCOT Center, EPCOT Illuminations Light Show, breakfast at the Rainforest Café, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, dinner and a show of the Blue Man Group at City Walk in Universal Studios, and a trip to Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure which featured the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The students, band directors, and chaperones had a magnificent journey, and it was undeniably worth the twenty-three hour bus ride!

Although every moment of the trip was thrilling, I think all band members can agree the most exhilarating part was the parade. “When the band rounds the corner and sees Cinderella’s Castle, everybody gets goose-bumps,” Mr. David Vitale said prior to the trip. He also said, “Disney saves the best bands for the night parades. They look for quality in our music, watch our state finals tape, and we have to meet certain musical standards.” A great deal more work goes into this parade than most may believe and this has been an unforgettable opportunity for the band. The Disney parade was the band’s largest performance this year. A crowd of 20,000 people lined the streets of Disney’s Magic Kingdom to watch the parade! Many parents from North Royalton came to support the students as well, which was very touching and made the trip even more memorable.

Throughout this year, the North Royalton High School band has worked hard to achieve its goals. “We qualified for state finals in marching band and have sent all four concert bands to state finals as well,” Mr. Vitale said.  Although the band has earned superior ratings at all competitions thus far, the band has faced challenges. “The band as a whole takes some time to learn marching and this trip is a great experience,” Mr. Vitale reported. Although the year is not yet over, and we still have state finals to look forward to, the band already has plans for next year. “Our goals are always to qualify for states and to get superior ratings in concert and marching band from the adjudicators,” Mr. Vitale concluded.

Although next year’s possibilities are still unknown, with determination and practice, those goals will surely be met. Even though the goals have been exceeded far beyond what has been expected, the band  hopes to continue to improve  its marching abilities for bigger and better shows in the upcoming season.