CHS Marching Band Earns Invitation to Disney's Magic Kingdom

Calumet High School Marching Band earns spring invitation to Disney’s Magic Kingdom

The Calumet High School Marching Band embraced its moniker as ‘The Pride of the Keweenaw’ and will proudly represent the school in Florida after earning a spot to perform at Walt Disney World this spring.

“Our students are excited to perform on a national stage at the Magic Kingdom,” said Director of Bands Ryan Watt. “They worked hard to be prepared and to represent their peers and community proudly and showed people from around the world what we have to offer.”

To be considered for invitation, the band submitted an application last year with audio and video recordings of their performances. Once Disney reviewed the materials and determined that they are qualified to perform, the band students were motivated to prepare for their trip by performing, recording, and memorizing music and practicing choreography. Once they arrive, they will ensure that their music is memorized and they are dressed professionally in order to succeed and best represent the school and the community on a nationwide stage.

Watt joined the teaching staff six years ago and has seen the consistent motivation to improve across the band program and the school. “The desire to grow and push ourselves to be better is a part of everything the band does, every day,” said Watt. “With our moniker ‘The Pride of the Keweenaw’, we have established a group of students that are proud of their performance, no matter where they are. The kids know they have to push themselves every day to rise above mediocrity, and they are empowered at our school to do that.”

A CLK tradition, the Disney band trip has happened every four years for more than 30 years.
Watt notes that the tremendous support from the school, community, and the band parents’ club makes events like this possible and motivates the students to work even harder and reach for more. The marching band is scheduled to perform at Disney’s Magic Kingdom on March 28th.

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