LAURINBURG — The Scotland High School marching band spent a few days in paradise this week playing at the Macy’s Holiday Parade in Orlando, FL.
Seventy-two members of the marching band traveled to the Universal Studios theme park to play in the parade. The band spent Wednesday performing at the parade, Thursday enjoying Universal Studios and Friday at Sea World.
“It is a Macy’s-sponsored parade and a lot of the floats and balloons that are in the Thanksgiving parade are used,” said Britton Goodwin, band director. “It’s a really cool and prestigious trip and we’re looking forward to it, it’s 82 degrees down here.”
Goodwin applied for the parade by sending an audition video to the Summit Tour and Travel company out of Orlando.
The trip was $560 per person and included two nights in the hotel, two meals a day and the price of two charter buses.
“It definitely is a fairly inclusive cost for all of us,” Goodwin said. “The students do have to pay for it and most of them raised the majority of it, if not all of it.”
Goodwin said the students were excited about the experience.
“The students will only perform one day then they will get to have fun in the park and see the other performances,” he said. “It is a performance, but it’s also a fun trip as well.”
The Scotland marching band made a similar trip two years ago when it played in a parade at the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida.
“This is a good trip for the band because we are at the end of our football season and this is kind of a reward for them,” he said. “It’s a different experience and an extremely well attended parade — we have a great turnout for our Laurinburg parade, but this is going to be a lot bigger.”
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.