The South Forsyth High School band started off the year with a little magic.
After a couple days of amusement park-hopping, the students spent Jan. 5 at Walt Disney World performing during the Main Street Parade.
“There were so many people who were lined up to see the parade and they were excited to see us,” said Megan Moore, band president. “It was such an awesome thing to do because you never think you’re going to march down Main Street in Disney World with adults and children screaming for you and clapping for you ... it was magical.”
Moore, a senior who plays the flute, said the band takes a trip every four years “to showcase the performing arts.”
“We go somewhere that’s a fun trip, but a really great way for the band to show their stuff and do a performance for a large group of people,” she said.
About 90 of the band’s 100 members made the trip, said Paul Clark, director. Disney was their top choice and, as it turned out, the feeling was mutual.
“We applied for a live performance parade there … Based on our application, they place us based on our level of performance. They want their top groups for the Magic Kingdom Parade, which is what we were in,” Clark said.
“Sometimes there are multiple bands, but it was just us for that day ... so we got all the attention.”
The group traveled to Florida early on the morning of Jan. 3 and “we didn’t waste any time.”
“As soon as we got to Florida, we drove straight to Epcot,” Moore said. They also visited Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios before their day at the Magic Kingdom.
Clark said the group had such a good time, he may return on a more frequent basis with the school’s jazz ensemble or color guard.
“I try to mix up the trips to keep it interesting, but our experience was so good and everything was so well done,” he said. “We’ll definitely look into do it again,” he said.