ORLANDO, FL – The Marching Spartans and Sparta High School Philharmonic Orchestra took their show on the road last month. They were invited to perform at Disney World, marching on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom and on the main stage in Disney Springs.
The trip began for the marching band performing for approximately 50,000 spectators lined up to watch the parade down Main Street.
"What a proud moment to represent Sparta High School at the most magical place on earth," Grace and Sophia Masterson said.
Allison Middelton agreed. She said, “It was the experience of a lifetime marching down Main Street Disney.”
The Philharmonic Orchestra comprised strings, winds, brass and percussion players of then performed for a packed audience on the main stage.
The two groups were able to spend two evenings at the Disney Recording Studios working with professional musicians to record the music to scenes from “Beauty and the Beast” as well as “Frozen,” Band Director Dr. Deborah Gianuzzi said.
"Having the two music departments, band and orchestra together was great,” band member Carrie Middleton said. “I made new friends in the other department.”
“The students enjoyed the real-life experiences of being professional musicians as well as downtime in the theme parks,” Choir Director Laura Lopez and Band leader Andrew Lopez said.
It was a Spartan army making the trip with 146 students, staff members and chaperones. Both Middleton girls specifically wanted to thank the chaperones “who were very kind.”
“We want to thank everyone involved in any and all aspects of this spectacular opportunity for our students at Sparta High School,” Orchestra director Loni Bach said.
Band member Jack Whilesmith said, “If I were to describe it, I have to say each day brought another once in a lifetime experience.”