The Heritage High School Marching Band recently returned from a trip to the Walt Disney World Band Competition in Orlando, Fla.
Playing selections from “Aladdin,” the band earned the highest ranking from the panel of distinguished judges. Out of 11 bands, there were only three superior rankings.
The band is composed of 75 members from the ninth through twelfth grade at the high school. John Gallagher has been the band director for 12 years. James Wilson, band director at Heritage Middle School, is the assistant director of the high school band.
Their direction and the hard work of students enabled this group to compete well and to earn this superior ranking.
The festival series schedule included two days of adjudicated performances, where band, choral, dance, auxiliary, jazz, and concert ensembles received valuable written and recorded feedback from nationally recognized music educators. To conclude the event, groups were invited to the Festival Disney Awards Ceremony. All ensembles received an exclusive Festival Disney award, and every participant received a Festival Disney medal to commemorate their participation. Competing groups vied for Best in Class and Festival Disney Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.