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Harrisburg High school band rocks Disney World

  • The Harrisburg band starts the parade at Disney World.

    The Harrisburg band starts the parade at Disney World.
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  • Trombone players Jesse Bortz, right, and Andy Reiner.

    Trombone players Jesse Bortz, right, and Andy Reiner.
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  • A view of the band from the Train Depot area at the Main Street Square.

    A view of the band from the Train Depot area at the Main Street Square.
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  • A view from above: Parade marshals Alex McRoy, in white at left, and Chloe Thomas guide the band around the Main Street Square.

    A view from above: Parade marshals Alex McRoy, in white at left, and Chloe Thomas guide the band around the Main Street Square.
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  • From left, saxophone player Bradley Frailey, trumpet player Jared Schmook, saxophone player Lydia Miller and clarinet players Rachel Myers and Essence Sanders.

    From left, saxophone player Bradley Frailey, trumpet player Jared Schmook, saxophone player Lydia Miller and clarinet players Rachel Myers and Essence Sanders.
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  • Percussionist Anthony Cortez, right, playing in the Main Street Square, along with fellow percussionists, from right, Marisa Miller, Braden Cummins and Sam Winkleman.

    Percussionist Anthony Cortez, right, playing in the Main Street Square, along with fellow percussionists, from right, Marisa Miller, Braden Cummins and Sam Winkleman.
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  • Color guard members Halie West, front left, and Cierra Barnes, front right, perform in front of Cinderella Castle.

    Color guard members Halie West, front left, and Cierra Barnes, front right, perform in front of Cinderella Castle.
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  • After a charter bus ride that began at 10 p.m. Sunday, members of the band along with parent chaperones arrived at Disney World's All-Star Music Resort late Monday afternoon. Here, percussionists Callie Oxford, left, and Kole Phelps prepare to retrieve their luggage.

    After a charter bus ride that began at 10 p.m. Sunday, members of the band along with parent chaperones arrived at Disney World's All-Star Music Resort late Monday afternoon. Here, percussionists Callie Oxford, left, and Kole Phelps prepare to retrieve their luggage.
    Travis DeNeal/Harrisburg Register

  • Band parent John Cummins, in white shirt, talks with other parent chaperones as the buses prepare to depart for Harrisburg on Thursday.

    Band parent John Cummins, in white shirt, talks with other parent chaperones as the buses prepare to depart for Harrisburg on Thursday.
    Travis DeNeal/Harrisburg Register

 
BY TRAVIS DENEAL tdeneal@dailyregister.com
updated: 6/13/2017 10:48 AM

The Harrisburg High School Marching Band managed to dodge the rain when it performed at Disney World Thursday in a marching extravaganza that made its director proud.

Hannah Drake, music director for Harrisburg High School, said the performance was an excellent representation of the talent and hard work of her band students.

"Overall, I think the trip was a huge success," Drake said. "As a program, I expect our kids to represent the school, the town and the band the best they can in the best possible light. I think they accomplished that with the trip to Disney.

"They were extremely polished and professional and I couldn't be happier or more proud of how well they played."

The band and color guard, accompanied by Drake and parent chaperones, left Harrisburg last Sunday night at about 10 p.m. Some band parents and families flew and others drove to meet the band at the Disney complex near Kissimmee, Fla.

Students got to explore the various amusement parks and also to meet for a workshop one morning of the trip.

Though much of the region had seen dry weather for the five months preceding the band's trip, the skies were wet much of last week, causing concern from students and parents alike whether the parade would be washed out.

After raining almost the entire morning Thursday, though, the weather turned dry that early evening as the band performed a thundering rendition of "Galeon" by Victor Lopez behind the thrilling flag-twirling display of the color guard.

The band made its way from the Main Street Square at the Magic Kingdom entrance, down Main Street to Cinderella Castle before turning and concluding in Frontierland.

"They've been preparing and practicing a long time for this, and it showed," Drake said. "They made us proud."