On Jan. 16, the Northwestern marching band performed for more than 70,000 people in the evening “Main Street Electrical Parade” in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
“The park was near capacity the day we performed,” marching band adviser and elementary music teacher Mike Wheeler said. “The band’s Florida trip is both an educational trip, and also the band’s biggest performance opportunity of the year!”
From Jan. 14 to Jan. 20, 40 band members and 20 chaperones visited the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center, the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
“This was the first visit to Florida for several of our band members. Many of our students would not have the opportunity to travel like this if they were not in marching band,” Wheeler said. “Trips like this are a great opportunity to showcase the talents of Northwestern students before an international audience.”
The band travels to Disney approximately every other year.
Wheeler said the band had a great 2015-2016 season.
“Northwestern has always been known as a band that puts on memorable shows,” Wheeler said. “This year's production of "Where the Wild Things Are" was no exception. I'm really proud of the efforts of the staff and students this year! And, of course, we have the best band parents around!”
Check out pics from the trip here: