RISING SUN — Students in the Rising Sun High School Marching Band had a fairytale ending to a year of hard work when they performed outside Cinderella Castle this spring.
On April 7, band members entertained resort guests at the Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Fla. Under the direction of Rising Sun band leaders Frank Metzger and Jay Farmer, students marched in a Disney World parade, through Frontierland and around Cinderella Castle onto Main Street, U.S.A.
“We were out there to be the best playing and performing group we could be,” said Metzger, director of bands for Rising Sun.
Each year the band will perform locally and travel, but only a couple classes have gone to Disney World in the past, said Metzger. He said he will tell students, “If you guys show me that you’re worth a trip of high quality, we’ll go to Disney World.”
This year, students rose to the occasion, Metzger said. Throughout the school year, band members tackled such pieces of music as John Williams’ “Fantasy of Flight” and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.
“The kids earned it, the kids earned it by their ability to learn,” said Metzger. Fundraisers and the Band Boosters helped cover the cost of the trip.
Metzger said he emphasized to students they would be representing the county and the state of Maryland in front of an international crowd. Beforehand, students practiced marching for 45 minutes straight by walking around the Rising Sun outdoor track.
Students were in Orlando from April 4 though April 9. The group performed “Eye of the Tiger,” which has become known as the school’s unofficial fight song, and the patriotic “Stars and Stripes Forever” while marching through Disney World.
Performing at the iconic theme park was part of the Disney Performing Arts program for students. Each year, dance, vocal and instrumental ensembles from all around the world apply to perform as a part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
For those who would like to see the Rising Sun band perform locally, students will perform a spring concert on May 21 at 7 p.m. at Rising Sun High School. The concert, part of the school’s Excellence Fair that showcases student involvement in the arts, is open to the public. The concert will focus on classical and contemporary pieces, including “Goddess of Fire” by Steven Reineke.