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Morning Sun
  • TROJAN TRIBUNE: GHS band performs at Walt Disney World

  • The GHS Marching Band traveled to Orlando, Florida, Nov. 20-25 to march at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.



    In preparation for the trip, the group has been fundraising for the past two years through working the basketball concession stand, holding a dinner recital and selling various items. Also, the band received specific trip t-shirts sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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  • The GHS Marching Band traveled to Orlando, Florida, Nov. 20-25 to march at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
    In preparation for the trip, the group has been fundraising for the past two years through working the basketball concession stand, holding a dinner recital and selling various items. Also, the band received specific trip t-shirts sponsored by an anonymous donor.
    To perform at Disney, the band had to send in an audition video consisting of the band marching to two songs.
    The group left Girard at 8 a.m. Tuesday and spent the day on a bus before arriving at Cocoa Beach for lunch Wednesday where they also swam, collected shells and played beach volleyball.
    After leaving the beach, the band checked into Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort and then went to Bob Evans for an early Thanksgiving meal. For the rest of the evening, the group went shopping at Downtown Disney.
    On Thursday the group visited Epcot and learned about various cultures exhibited in the World Showcase. The band closed the day by watching the Illuminations fireworks display at 9 p.m.
    The following day was spent at Hollywood Studios, where students enjoyed various rides and attractions.
    At the end of the day, the band watched the Fantasmic light show as a group.
    On Saturday the band departed the hotel at 8 a.m. and arrived at backstage Disney to prepare for their performance at Magic Kingdom. After marching down Main Street USA during the 10 a.m. parade, the band was free to explore the park before watching the electric light parade fireworks finale that evening.
    Students who participated in the trip included the following by instrument:
    Flute-Taylor Barry, Brittnee Julian, Jennifer Sooter and Brenna Taiclet.
    Clarinet-Bethany Baker, Alex Battitori, Shaylene Copenhaver, Chelsey Coulter, Madison Denham, Tanim Dillon, Jarred Mellish, Haley Page, Ashley Sayre and Stephanie Smirl.
    Bass Clarinet-Jessica Dieterle.
    Alto sax-Austin Egbert, John Hey, Ryan Hisey, Trevor Little, Cooper Puckett, Ethan Reno, Austin Sayre and Alex Troike.
    Tenor sax-Bailey Crapson and James Spieth.
    Trumpet-Derrick Amend, Jordan Baker, Paxton Boore, Evan Grantham, Chanel Jackson, Chelsea Pope, David Riddle, Abbie Stephen, Allison Tucker, Jonathon Westhoff and Jonathon Zimmerman.
    Trombone-Garret Barnaby, Crystal Davis and Amanda Longpine.
    Baritone-Bradley McClendon.
    Tuba-Ethan George.
    Percussion-Kyle Bauder, Bre Daly, Graham Dixon, Russell Frisbee, Shiloh James, Chelsi Maples, Mike McCormack, Greg Puffinbarger, Jayson Rogers and Alex Tippie.
    The flag team consisted of Chelsie Grantham, Delaney Hirst, Kaitlan Palmer, Haley Pitts and Katy Pitts, and Bethany Schifferdecker was the drum majorette.
    Sponsors included Director Willey Abati, Linda Fox, Cathy Jackson, Chad Pease, Kim Pitts, Tim and Terri Sayre and Dustin Spieth.
    Regarding the trip, senior Derrick Amend said, “I enjoyed this trip even more than the Texas trip two years ago. There was a lot going on that we were able to experience, and the tall buildings in the Magic Kingdom gave our band an awesome sound during the parade.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “The band trip was a lot of fun. It was amazing to march down Main Street in Magic Kingdom. I am sure this will be the sort of memory that I remember until I’m a little old lady,” said sophomore Madison Denham.
    “The Florida band trip was the best trip ever! Everyone was so very fortunate to be allowed the opportunity to go. The kids loved the beach and all the Disney Parks. It was a tremendous, once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the students,” Mrs. Pitts said.

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