On Monday, April 10, the Longwood High School Marching Band, under the direction of band director Phil Scanze, led the Festival of Fantasy parade at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The trip was the high school’s first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort as part of the Disney Performing Arts program.
The performance was the highlight of a four-day trip and the culmination of months of fundraising, practice, and planning by the students and band staff.
“Our students have been looking forward to this trip for close to a year since we submitted our audition tape,” said Mr. Scanze. “Some of our students have never been on an airplane; others have never been to Disney World. Performing in this once-in-a-lifetime experience was an outstanding experience for them.”
The students showcased their musical talents to Disney guests from across the nation and around the world by playing songs and rhythms that capture the spirit of America. During their stay, the students also enjoyed exploring Disney theme parks.
Each year, vocal, instrumental and dance ensembles from around the world apply to perform as part of Disney Performing Arts at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Once selected, students perform amid an international audience of Disney theme park guests.
Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney Parks in the more than 25-year history of the program.