Band heads to Florida

In 2011, as he accompanied Pratt on their band trip to Walt Disney World,  band director Bob Lee never imagined that he would one day bring his own band back to Florida.

“I didn’t see this opportunity coming along,” Lee said.

However, three years later, it has come. The Skyline High School Band will be boarding the bus and heading for Orlando, Fla., early Wednesday morning. After a 28 hour bus ride, they are scheduled to arrive in Orlando at approximately 12 p.m. on Thursday.

Lee chose this trip because of the opportunity to put the band in front of a lot of people.

“A lot of it came down to the fact that we go to these wonderful festivals, but there’s just no crowd,” Lee said. “It’s just a lot more fun to perform in front of a big huge crowd.”

The performance, which is what he is most excited for, consists of marching in the Magic Kingdom prior to the parade “Festival of Fantasy.” This parade is brand new and started on March 9. The marching route is about three-fourths of a mile and will end on Main Street, USA.

While marching, the band will perform the songs “Over the Rainbow” and “My Favorite Things.” Lee chose “Over the Rainbow” to represent Kansas and “My Favorite Things” because it is one of his favorite pieces.

The band will have to play both the songs three or four times while marching. An audience of 18 to 24 thousand people will be watching.

Other than performing in Walt Disney World, there are also many other plans in the itinerary. A few include getting to go to EPCOT, having time at Cocoa Beach, going to either Disney Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and touring Full Sail University.

“I’m most excited about getting to spend this trip with all of my friends,” freshman McKenzie Cason said. “Florida will be so much fun and I can’t wait to ride all the rides and meet Disney characters.”

Right now Lee is preparing the band by holding mandatory after school and seminar practices.

“We’re getting back out and getting ready to march,” Lee said.

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