On Centre: Around Bellefonte | High school marching band, choir and orchestra to perform at Walt Disney World

mmorgan@centredaily.comSeptember 10, 2013 

Drummers from the Bellefonte Area High School band march in the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair parade in August.

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The Bellefonte High School marching band is going to Walt Disney World.

The band, which will be performing in the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Electrical Parade in November, will be joined on the trip by the Bellefonte High choir and orchestra, who were selected to perform on the waterfront stage.

It will be the first time in four years that the school will be taking a group to Orlando to perform, band director Jay Zimmerman said. They are going to try to make the trip about once every four years to give every band member that comes through the program a chance to go.

To be selected, schools must apply to Disney, and although the process isn’t overly selective, Zimmerman said it’s not just instant approvals, either. The process includes the submission of videos of past performances and pictures.

He is also happy that the marching band will be performing in prime time at Magic Kingdom, because that is a slot for which many people compete.

“It’s a nice tribute to your program if you get a nice parade like this,” he said.

The money for the trip will be independently raised by the students, Zimmerman said. The Florida trip will cost about $550 per student, which will cover entrance to the park, the bus ride and hotel accommodations over the three-day stay.

During the performances, Disney will be beginning to decorate for Christmas, and Zimmerman said the band added a special song for that occasion that is a mix of a John Philip Sousa march and “Jingle Bells.”

He said the students are ready to get out there and perform well, while enjoying the trip experience.

“It’s performing in Disney World,” he said. “It’s cool. It’s going to be neat.”

Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan.

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