MHS band going to Disney World

The Wall, otherwise known as the Marietta High School marching band, shivered in the evening cool Wednesday waiting to get marching during a rehearsal in the school parking lot.

The musicians are in for some relief this weekend, and some tourists in the South are in for a treat, because on Saturday the 45-member group leaves for Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Band director Chris Bunner said the idea began last year.

“I wanted us to take a big trip, and I wanted it to be a place where we could perform,” he said.

Bunner recalled his own experiences in making the decision.

“When I was in high school, we went on a Disney trip. We prepared our music, we performed, we stayed in the park for a while, it was a really cool experience,” he said.

At Disney World, he said, marching bands fit right it.

“There are several parades throughout the day, many different marching bands from around the country. And Disney is meticulously detailed, right down to what you can wear when you’re marching,” he said.

Another factor was the opportunity presented to the band members.

“For a lot of these kids, this might be the only opportunity they get to go there,” he said. “That’s part of why I decided this.”

The band is leaving Saturday by bus, an 18-hour trip, will perform on Tuesday and return Wednesday, Bunner said. The band will be accompanied by two staff and several volunteer chaperones.

Lauren Modesett, 12, is a member of the band color guard.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “We don’t go to huge competitions.”

It will be her first visit to Disney World, and she said she’s looking forward most to seeing Animal Kingdom.

Noah Moretto, 18 and a senior, plays euphonium in the band. It’s his first time for a Disney World experience.

“It’ll be awesome just to be there,” he said. As for passing the time on the bus trip, he said, “Me and my buds will be on Mario cards all the way.”

Out on the parking lot, the percussion struck up a long, Latino entry to its opening number for the Disney audience: the theme from Mickey Mouse, leading a whole medley of Disney movie tunes.

At a glance

Marietta High School band trip to Disney World

≤ Band members going: 45.

≤ Mode of travel: Bus.

≤ Leaving: Saturday.

≤ Performance: Tuesday.