Cruiser band bound for Disney

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Brittany Selk (front right), senior field commander, along with fellow field commander Lexi Lindic (front left), lead the Groveport Madison High School Marching Band through its paces as the band practices for its trip to Disney World.
Brittany Selk (front right), senior field commander, along with fellow field commander Lexi Lindic (front left), lead the Groveport Madison High School Marching Band through its paces as the band practices for its trip to Disney World.

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

The 128-member Groveport Madison High School Marching Band is taking its musical talents to Florida.

The band will perform at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., during its visit there from April 14-19.

“We’ll play in a parade in the Magic Kingdom during its Magic Day Parades,” said Groveport Madison band director Nathan Stowe. “The band will perform our parade sequence of patriotic songs.”

Stowe said no district money is being used to finance the trip.

“The kids put a lot of effort into a performance of this scale with their time and financially,” said Stowe. “No district dollars are used for the trip, which costs $112,000 and which was earned through fundraising and donations.”

Added Karla Lindic, band booster president, “The trip is being completely paid for by the students and boosters. We only go to Disney every three years because of the expense involved and each child is responsible for their share of the trip and, believe me, these kids start counting down for the trip from the time they join the band in sixth grade.”

Lindic said the students raised money by selling candy bars and holding a brochure sale. Parents sold salsa twice as well as candles.

“We were also given the opportunity to work Ohio State sporting events concessions, Schottenstein Center events and Clippers games,” said Lindic. “We also have a parent who set up a Disney Dream Fund to help supplement the kids who were close, but not quite there. She had a jar in the concession stand that people could put change in and also a daily announcement on Facebook.”

Lindic said parents, friends, students and teachers donated.

“We also had a parent host a Pampered Chef show and donate the proceeds to the dream fund,” said Lindic. “We had a couple parents who made large anonymous donations. Between all of these efforts several kids are going who otherwise would have missed the trip.”

Besides performing, the band will spend time enjoying activities at Disney World.

“Trips like this, as well as things like the band formal and hayride help keep the band program thriving,” said Stowe. “It promotes a family atmosphere and rewards hard work.”

Stowe said the band has practiced 28 hours for the trip. He said it is common for the band to practice seven hours a week during the marching season in the fall.

“The kids worked hard for this,” said Stowe.

He said a trip like this promotes accountability and responsibility in the students.

“They learn real life skills of being accountable and responsible for something and to each other,” said Stowe.

Senior field commander Brittany Selk said the trip is a chance for the band to perform for a broader, international audience.

“It’s a chance for people to hear and see who we are. It’s nice to represent Groveport and make a positive impression,” said Selk. “Not just anyone can go and perform at Disney World.”

Selk said the trip is also a chance to be with friends and to gain experience.

“A trip like this is good because it challenges you to get out of your comfort zone,” said Selk.

Stowe said overall the trip and performance are valuable to the students.

“It’s an opportunity to experience success, which is huge for these kids,” said Stowe.

 

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