By Andrew Marlan
Mason Times staff writer
Mason High School Marching Band is preparing for its trip to Disney World in April by operating multiple fundraisers and performing for donations. On Saturday, Oct. 1, the marching band held “Band Night,” to raise money for the trip and show what the students had worked on this past summer at band camp.
“It’s an excellent way to showcase the band to the community … Especially since these kids only have four home games this year to perform at,” said Tammy Yanz, a band booster parent.
It is taking creative thinking and generous donations to make this large Florida trip possible. The band boosters for Mason raise money for the band and are responsible for managing its finances. The parents in band boosters make sure each student has an opportunity to experience marching in Orlando.
“We’re doing a fruit sale, a pizza sale and later a wreath sale, all to raise money for the Disney trip,” said Anne Devitto, a band parent and Mason band booster. “The students will be able to raise most of their trip money from these fundraisers.”
The band has 126 members, two band directors and many parent chaperones that each need to pay for the trip. Students, parents and faculty are doing everything they can to make it financially possible.
“Fundraisers help offset costs. Each band member has their own account and families choose whether they want to spend that money on band camp or trips,” said Amber McRay, one of the band directors at Mason High School.
Marching in Disney World has become a tradition at Mason High School, and its band students are always looking forward to showing off their talent and bulldog pride. In Florida, the students will march through Disney World as well as work with some of Disney’s magic.
“We take a four-year rotation so some time in (the students’) high school career, they will be able to go to Disney. There, we record with professionals at Disney Studios. It shows the students a more serious, professional side to musicianship, which I think is important,” said McRay.
Though the trip is not until April 1, students cannot stop thinking about spring break, and especially seniors, leaving the marching band they have grown to love.
“Every year the marching band has to make a tape for Disney to make sure we’re able to march there,” said Jeannie Jaegers, a high school band member, “and it’s my senior year, so I have to go.”