Band Travels to Florida for Celebratory Disney Trip


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The Pride poses in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom.

Band members wield light sabers at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park. (Courtesy Photo)

In celebration of the accomplishments the marching band made throughout the season, members of the Pride of Paoli Band traveled to Florida during Thanksgiving Break. The trip lasted for a total of five days — from Tuesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 27.

It cost $1,200 for the student fares. Money was acquired through band parent fundraising: trash bags, strawberries and peaches being sold.

Additionally, their annual Invitational in September contributed to the funds. The band sold raffles to raise funds as well as local businesses chipping in.

Twenty seven marching band members and 17 chaperones total went to Disney World and spent time at Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. On Thanksgiving Day, the band spent the day at Coco Beach, and then had a traditional dinner at the hotel.

Seniors A.J. Lopez and Brody Wilcox perform on Waterside Stage at Disney Springs. (Courtesy Photo)

Senior Brody Wilcox enjoyed his last band trip with his fellow band members.

“Thanksgiving felt amazing because it was with my band family. Nothing beats having memories and sharing stories around the table while eating good food,” said Wilcox.

On Friday, November 25, the band performed a concert on the Waterside Stage at Disney Springs.

The band played arrangements of a variety of songs including “Clarity”, “March for Celebration”, “When Drummers Take Over the World”, “Salute to the Armed Forces” and “Star Wars” — in honor of the Disney theme.

Band Director Chris Karkosky looks back at the trip with both fondness and gratitude.

“We feel very fortunate to be able to take trips like this. We couldn’t be able to do this without the support of the community. It’s pretty cool to be able to involve kids who have never been able to go before,” said Karkosky.