The Shenango High marching band performs at Disney World.

The Shenango High School marching band had the opportunity to perform in front of thousands.

It was chosen to be part of the entertainment at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., over Presidents� Day weekend.

The 95-member band, which included instrumentalists, dance line, majorettes and flag corps performed Carlos Santana�s �Everybody�s Everything� and John Phillip Sousa�s �Liberty Bell� march in the Disney �Dreams Come True� parade.

�The band provided some welcome entertainment,� said Christine DeMichael, spokeswoman for the Disney Youth Group Programs.

Band director Robert Babick said the group prepared two and a half months for the performance. The group left Feb. 14 for the 22-hour bus trip to Orlando.

�Thousands of people lined the three-quarter mile parade route (in the Magic Kingdom),� Babick said.

�There were no gaps. This was a great opportunity for the students.�

Band members were given the title of �honorary cast members� for the day. They were able to go behind the scenes to prepare for their performance.

�Incredible, amazing� were the first words that came to senior drum major John Veltre�s mind when describing the band marching down Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom with Cinderella�s Castle as its backdrop.

�It was like out of a storybook,� he said. �Definitely an experience I probably won�t forget.�

Veltre said Shenango was given a Disney representative, who was �super nice. I was having technical difficulty (with my uniform). She went out of her way to find safety pins for me.�

This trip to Disney was the second time Veltre experienced marching there with the Wildcats. In 2003, he was the only eighth-grade band member to participate in the band�s Walt Disney World trip.

Veltre�s mother, Udora, was able to watch the band perform. She accompanied the band as its nurse.

Senior trombonist and section leader Pat McMurray said it was a good experience to march in front of so many people.

�I think I was more excited than nervous,� he said. �We are used to performing in front of people that know us. It was different to perform in front of so many strangers.�

McMurray said he also enjoyed the warmer weather.

�I called home one day and it was only 8 degrees in New Castle,� he recalled. �Although it wasn�t hot, 60-degree temperatures were better than the cold weather here.�

Babick said he began the audition process last April, when he sent a DVD of two performances and a picture of the band to Walt Disney World, asking to be a part of the Disney Magic Music Days.

According to a Disney World spokesman, high school and middle school marching bands have been performing there since the park�s opening in 1971.

The program has expanded since that time, and now Disney Magic Music Days performance opportunities are open to bands, orchestras, chorus, drill teams, dance ensembles and other performing groups.

After the parade, the band spent the day in the Magic Kingdom. While in Orlando, the students also visited MGM studios and Epcot Center.

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