The Skyline Concert band, Concert Choir and members of the cheer squad will perform at Disney World the week of Dec. 17-23.
Twenty-eight hours on a bus with 70 high school students. That's the trip facing a dozen chaperons plus Bob and Kim Lee who are traveling with the Skyline band and choir to Disney World in Florida.
The band will be performing at the Magic Kingdom parade "Festival of Fantasy" while the choir will perform in the "Candlelight Processional" at the EPCOT Theme Park, said band and choir director Bob Lee.
The band will march about three quarters of a mile and play "My Favorite Things" and "Jingle Bells" while the choir will perform 13 songs in the Candlelight Processional, a moving presentation of the Christmas story, that features a 270 voice choir with a 50-piece orchestra and readings by Neil Patrick Harris who was on television as "Doogie Howser, M.D." and Barney Stinson of "How I Met Your Mother."
The band will march starting at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on Monday, Dec. 18. They will take part in a pre-parade performance in the Magic Kingdom Theme Park and march 20 to 30 minutes before the Magic Kingdom Parade "Festival Fantasy."
Lee said they were going to try to do a live broadcast on Facebook on the band's Facebook Page http://facebook.com/shstbirdband. The band will perform for 15,000 to 17,000 park visitors.
The choir will get one 30 minute rehearsal before they perform twice, starting at 5:45 p.m. Central Standard Time and again at 7:15 p.m. CST in the Candlelight Processional. The show is an hour long and they will try to broadcast live highlights from the choir performance on Facebook at the choir Facebook page http://facebook.com/shstbirdchoir. The choir will perform for 1,500 park visitors.
Besides Facebook, the trip will be available on Instagram, @shstbirdband and Twittter, @shstbirdband. A SnapChat Story will also be available. A picture page will be posted on the band website http://band.skylineschools.org.
Besides the performances, the band and choir will also get to visit Clearwater Beach, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Universal Studios.
This is the second time Lee has taken the band to Disney World. They went four years ago with just the band. Two years ago, the band and choir took a performance trip to Dallas.
Previously, band trips have been in March but Lee decided to try for a December trip so they could perform in the Candle Light Processional. The band and choir had to send in an audition video last year. When they were accepted, students spent two years on fund raising projects to cover the $850 per student for the trip. The students held a soup supper, sold candy bars and cookie dough and sold chances to win a Traeger Grill.
Lee said the trip is important for the students because they will get to experience doing a professional performance and have the excitement of performing in front of many people. They will also gain the experience of learning the music and getting to share it with everybody.
"It will build their self confidence that they can do this type of thing," Lee said.
It took the efforts of students and staff and faculty and parents and friends to make this trip possible.
"My thanks to everyone who supported us," Lee said.