Marching Band performs at Disneyland
Northwood’s Marching Band experienced the magic of friendship when it performed in a Disneyland parade on Nov. 5.
The group played three songs on a loop: Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song,” the drum cadence and the opener of their field show and the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour/Lady Madonna.” When the musicians weren’t performing, the band members enjoyed the food and rides.
“My favorite part was being able to spend my time at Disneyland with friends,” senior Kaylin Kim said.
The band members met at Toon Town at 5 p.m. for the performance, and entered the backstage of Disneyland through a gate in Toon Town close to the Small World. The journey back to Main Street, where the parade would begin, took them through the costume racks and stationary floats that filled the backstage, which is hidden from regular visitors. The band left backstage through another gate to enter Main Street, and marched through the streets of Disneyland until they reached Toon Town again.
Senior Steven Lee held the banner at the front of the parade, and all the band members wore their uniforms and marched in one giant block. Northwood’s Color Guard and Dance Theatre performed in the parade along with the band.
“This was my last year in marching band, so it was my last chance to be in the Disneyland parade,” senior David Yang said. “That made getting to go a lot more special.”
Marching Band considers itself a big family, because the members bonded during their months of practices. This was Marching Band’s last event of the season, so we’ll have to wait until next year to hear it play again as a group. In the meantime, students can still look forward to upcoming instrumental concerts.