Sunday, April 25, 2010

BHS Marching Band at Disney World!

These are just a few of the many many photos that were taken at Disney World on April 21st when the band marched down Main Street at Disney World. There are several efforts underway to consolidate photos and videos into movies. In addition, Disney World photographers also took photos. Stay tuned for more information on photos and videos for your collection. If you have any that you would like to contribute to the upcoming consolidation efforts, both Lori Kashgegian and Vicki Kikuchi will be collecting these to compile into movies.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Epcot day of magic

"When I was marching down Main Street, I almost cried." "Thank goodness for Fast Passes" The BHS Msrching Band's day at Epcot proved to be the hottest day of the week, with temperatures reaching the high 80's with not a cloud in the sky. Favorite rides at Epcot included Test Track, Mission Space, and Soarin'. These rides ran out of Fast Passes by early in the evening, as the band took full advantage of waiting in shorter lines. Many of the band students got pictures with characters at Epcot, including Mickey and Minnie and Mary Poppins. Touring the world showcase gave students the chance to try out foods from various countries, including crepes from France and Japanese food from Japan at Teppan Edo (a favorite restaurant among band-ees and chaperones). The end of the day Epcot Illuminations show was amazing with fireworks, fire, laser lights, and music. The kids were more tired today from the heat and from walking the length of the park over and over. Looking forward to Animal Kingdom and the sad band departure on Friday.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Burlington had the best band I have ever seen at Disney (quote by a [DisneyWorld] cast member) . The much-awaited march down Main Street proved to be the most exciting and fantastic experience of the week by all parents and students alike!

Professional disney photos are available at the following website: www. Use the following I d number during registration: WDWB-6R6E-9E4M-6G3W

Disney took 104 photos of the band, downloadable for a fee. There were many parents taking photos as well. We will be considering options for photo distribution over the next week, but take a look at the disney photos, ver impressive.

The kids returned to Magic Kingdom and enjoyed the rides into the evening with beautiful weather!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"Let's be sure to get into Fantasmic!"

Our second day in Disney World was at Hollywood Studios, where the famed "Tower of Terror" and "Rockin' Roller Coaster" took up most of the kids' time! It was a challenge to time those Fast Pass tickets just right to be sure to get on the rides with friends. Many spent the day using cellphones trying to connect with other groups of friends. We saw groups of 5 to 10 Burlington kids wandering the park, recognizable by their bright red lanyards. Highlights at Hollywood studios included the new Toy Story Mania ride, the Stunt show complete with car explosions and chases, and the classic parade. The ultimate end to any day was the Fantasmic show. Mr. Lovell was heard at the early check in telling the group that he wanted to adjust the later check in time to be sure to get into Fantasmic. So the group met at 7:00 to get in line for the 8:30 Fantasmic show, which ended up being delayed due to weather -- it was threatening thunderstorms and starting to rain. Thankfully, the weather cleared and the show began 20 minutes late, but it delivered with lights, characters, water sprays, explosions, and fireworks. The show was the highlight of the day for the students who all left the park after the show. Wearing our "I'm with the Band Shirts", we are ready for the big parade day and looking forward to it with anticipation.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Welcome to Disney World

"When I saw the Magic Kingdom castle, I started to cry!" "This place is so magical, it doesn't matter if it's raining, it's Disney World" These are just some of the many quotes from the Burlington High school band members after yesterday's dramatic entrance into the Magic Kingdom. Both flight groups arrived ahead of schedule and the mechanics of travel went "as smooth as silk", to quote our Disney Chair, Steve Parker. Weather started out in the 80s and sunny, but by 5:00, it started to rain off an on for the rest of the evening. The park was scattered with rain ponchos and umbrellas as it didn't stop us from going on Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, just a few of the park favorites. The band meet time at 8:30 in front of the castle resulted in Mr. Lovell conducting the band in their well-practiced "Ooh aah" chant while on-lookers applauded at the 100+ band and chaperone group huddled in front of the castle. They decided to leave the park before the 9:00 Spectrum Magic parade, which was a good decision because the parade was delayed due the weather. Many of the kids went back to the hotel and went in the "amazing" pool at the Port Orleans hotel. All band and chaperones are in building 5, conveniently located right near the pool and the food court. The Port Orleans French Quarter is a lovely hotel, appointed in the style of New Orleans, and the rooms are spacious with double sinks in the bath and plenty of room for all of the kids' stuff. Overall, the band can boast of a successful first day. I'll post photos soon. Next stop, Hollywood Studios for encounters with Tower of Terror and Rock 'n Roller Coaster!!!

Monday, April 19, 2010


The Burlington High School Marching Band is takin' it to the street! Main Street of the Magic Kingdom, that is!

Departing on two separate flights this morning, the students of the Marching Band, staff and chaperones packed their bags and with great anticipation and excitement boarded the buses at BHS for two separate flights to Orlando: the first in the wee hours of the morning and the second at a much more respectable time!

The Magic Music Days parade down Main Street will take place on Wednesday afternoon. For those with family and friends at DisneyWorld this week, make sure you park yourselves in your favorite location so you don't miss one minute of their performance!

Stay tuned here on a daily basis for updates and pictures of the trip!