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Rebel Regiment Featured Performance at Walt Disney World
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The award winning Berrien High School Rebel Regiment performed recently at Walt Disney World as a part of the Disney Magic Music Days. Disney Magic Music Days at the Walt Disney World® Resort sets the standard for which all other performance opportunities are measured. This program reinforces Disney lifelong lessons in teamwork, discipline, and artistic growth and offered the Rebel Regiment the opportunity to perform at one of the most high-profile venues in the world.
The adventure began when the students and chaperones arrived at BHS at 5 am on Friday, to load onto buses and depart for Orlando. The group stopped in the Gainesville area for a snack break, and then continued on to Disneys Hollywood Studios theme park, where they spent the day exploring the park, enjoying attractions like the "Hollywood Tower of Terror" and the "Rockin' Rollercoaster featuring Aerosmith". Then the band moved over to EPCOT, and spent the evening experiencing the cultures and traditions of the many foreign lands featured in the World Showcase. The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display at EPCOT, followed by a pizza party at the hotel.
Saturday started off with breakfast in the hotel (unmercifully early for the chaperones, but not for the students who were excited to be performing on Saturday). The group then loaded back onto the buses and travelled to The Magic Kingdom, where they spent the morning exploring "the happiest place on earth".
In the early afternoon, the band met at one of their many checkpoints throughout the weekend and were escorted to the "backstage area" of the theme park. There they changed into their uniforms, warmed up on their instruments and received a detailed briefing from park officials about their parade route, guidelines and rules, and other last minute information.
The Regiment was the lead band for the afternoon "Dreams Come True" parade in the Magic Kingdom, and performed selections from their award winning "Sounds of Motown" halftime show. Led by the danceline and color guard, the band marching down "Main Street USA" with Cinderella Castle in the background made for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity for the band.
After completing the parade route, which wound through the park, the band was presented with souvenier t-shirts to commerate their performance, along with a "Mouscar" trophy for the band to display along with its other many awards. The band then secured all of their instruments and equipment and spent the remainder of the day in the Magic Kingdom, enjoying the attractions and shows, including the evening "Spectramagic" parade and the fireworks show. After the fireworks, the band visited "Downtown Disney" for dining and shopping before returning to the hotel.
On Sunday morning, the band was once again up bright and early, as they packed their bags onto the buses and travelled to Disneys Animal Kingdom for the day. After a day of sights and attractions at Disneys newest theme park, the band returned to Nashville Sunday evening.
The band financed their trip entirely through fundraisers and private donations. The Band Boosters do not receive any funding from the school system and is a completely separate entity from the Athletic Boosters. Please continue to support the bands fundraisers and events so that future Rebel Regiment members can have the same opportunities to perform in great locations like Walt Disney World.