STATE CENTER - West Marshall High School music students aren't waiting for the spring weather to finally arrive, they are heading south on Sunday to warm up in a hurry.
A total of 63 band and choir students will be in Orlando next week and will perform at Disney World. The band will play at a pre-parade Tuesday afternoon with a crowd expected to reach 30,000 total on the route.
"It's a big deal," said West Marshall band director Ryan Runyan.
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The West Marshall High School band practices its marching routine in the gym at the school in State Center Thursday. The band and choir are preparing for a trip to Orlando next week.
The band will perform for 30 minutes going back and forth between the song, "Hey Ya" and a cadence and they even have some freestyle dancing in the show. Runyan stressed the importance of giving their maximum energy during that 30 minutes they will be on the route.
"We've got to put everything out there," he told the band during a practice Thursday.
The music students will board two charter buses Sunday and return to Iowa on March 30. They will also spend time at Disney World on the rides and be able to get some sun and fun time at Cocoa Beach. Runyan feels the trip will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for students and a nice opportunity to bond.
"It's a good time for them to connect," Runyan said.
The West Marshall choir will perform at Epcot Center Friday afternoon. They are planning to sing "Under the Sea" and a collection of Disney songs.
"I think it will be a fun, rewarding and educational experience," said choir director Kara Kinser.
Kinser said the students are looking forward to the trip.
"They have been counting down the days for three weeks," Kinser said.
Senior Clayton Green is drum major of the band and is looking forward to the warmer weather and a chance to get West Marshall's name out there.
"It will be big to represent West Marshall in a different state," Green said. "It should be fun."
The trip is paid for through fundraising, the booster club and the families of the students and no school funds will be used.