When the calendar turns to March, many students begin to turn to spring break. Although the season is changing, there will be no break for the busy Highland Band.
The group will leave the school on Friday March 18and and return on Thursday the 24th to travel to Walt Disney World in Orlando with other Highland Fine Arts students. While there, the group will participate in a session with a Disney instructor to learn the music used in an iconic movie scene that they will have the chance to perform. Highlands group manager Andrew McDonald spoke of the experience with KCII News: “Disney World does a great thing with schools that show up where, they give you music to a scene from a Disney movie, and you sing it or play it on instruments. then they swap the original movie audio with your band or choir performance. I did the same thing when I was in high school. The scene we have had was the stampede from “The Lion King” They had us play the background music for that scene, and then at the end you get a DVD with the original movie video and audio from that high school.
Upon their return to Iowa, several members of the ensemble will participate in the Southeast Iowa Superconference Honor Band at Winfield-Mt. Union High School on March 24and. Later in the spring, McDonald’s invites friends and family of band members to seventh through 12and quality Highland band solo festival on March 31 and concert on May 9 for sixth to 12and quality concert and jazz bands.