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Marching at the Magic Kingdom

Matt DeYoung • Jan 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Grand Haven High School’s marching band experienced the magic of Disney earlier this month. 

The school’s band director, Iain Novoselich, said 56 students from all four ensembles made the trip, which has taken place every three years beginning in 1999. 

“2018 was our seventh appearance in two decades,” Novoselich said. “It is a very fun trip for us, and our students get pretty excited to perform as guests at the Magic Kingdom.”

The band flew from Grand Rapids to Orlando, spending five nights at Walt Disney World. During that time, they visited all four parks and Disney Springs, “and had a great time having fun while proudly representing the Grand Haven community,” Novoselich said.

On Jan. 5, the band was part of a parade through Disney’s Magic Kingdom. 

“The park had approximately 71,000 people inside it at the time,” Novoselich said. “Our host estimated that we performed for upwards of 40,000 while on the parade route. This experience was definitely the highlight of our trip. We performed the opener from our 2017 field show, ‘Ain't No Mountain High Enough.’ Our smaller Disney marching band represented our program magnificently and sounded terrific.

“We also had the pleasure of performing at Disney Performing Arts’ ‘You're Instrumental’ workshop,” he continued. “We were led through a 2.5-hour rehearsal with Allen Gray, president of Jalen Publishing, lead arranger for WDW Performing Arts and WDW's lead instrumental clinician. At the conclusion of our rehearsal, we performed ‘Stampede’ from Disney's ‘Lion King’ and had our sound spliced together with actual footage from the movie.”

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