Story and photos provided by Stillwater High School Band Booster Publicity Committee
Over Spring Break, the Stillwater High School Band made magical memories when they marched at Walt Disney World. Last fall, the band learned that they would have the opportunity to participate in Disney’s Youth Performing Arts Program. The program offers groups the chance to perform before an international audience while exposing them to the highest level of excellence at one of the most sought-after venues in the world.
The Band performed “Oklahoma” and “Hooked on a Feeling” as they marched from Splash Mountain through Frontierland before passing by the iconic Cinderella Castle and proceeding up Magic Kingdom’s Main Street to the front of the park. The route was approximately three-quarters of a mile. “This was a great opportunity for our students to perform to a fantastic crowd of people from around the world,” said SHS Director of Bands Kevin Zamborsky. “Undoubtedly, there were people in the crowd at Disney that were experiencing marching band for the first time! The students represented our program, city, and state in a very positive manner. We received a lot of positive comments along the parade route and afterwards on the performance of the students.”
The 103 student performers were joined on the trip by 50 others including staff, chaperones, and family members. While in Orlando, the Stillwater contingent were able to spend a day visiting Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure where they experienced Harry Potter attractions. Additionally, they had two more days to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot.
The Stillwater High School Bands program will present its next performance on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the SHS Performing Arts Center when the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will present their Festival Concert.