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Social Circle band marches through Magic Kingdom

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The Social Circle High School Marching Redskins band marched down Main Street USA at Walt Disney World.

Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 3:00 pm, Fri May 11, 2012.

SOCIAL CIRCLE — The band wound its way down Main Street USA to the cheers of an excited crowd as flags twirled and the instruments rang out over the noise.

In some ways, it was much like other parades in which the band has marched, but none of those others had a castle overlooking the route.

The Social Circle High School Marching Redskins band recently traveled to Walt Disney World to march in the morning parade down Main Street USA, with Cinderella Castle looming in the distance.

“Everyone was thrilled with the invitation,” said Stephen McCarthy, director of the marching band. “We started practicing immediately.”

McCarthy submitted an application to the theme park last year, complete with a video of their performances, and the band members received the invitation in September.

Fundraising began immediately as the band worked to raise enough money to take 50 students to Orlando for the parade.

Last month, the band reached the park for four days of riding Space Mountain, visiting the Epcot Center and, on the second day of the trip, marching with several others bands through the park.

The musical selection? “The Mickey Mouse March.”

“It seemed very appropriate,” McCarthy said. “The crowd loved it. They clapped and sang along as we played.”

The students were thrilled with the experience.

“It was the happiest time,” said Tiras Barrett, a junior drummer in the band. “They say it’s the happiest place on Earth and they aren’t kidding.”

Freshman trumpet player Savannah Martin said it was a great trip.

“It was an amazing experience,” Martin said. “When we first started out, I was a little nervous. But the second we started playing, I was just calm. Seeing Cinderella Castle as we marched toward it was amazing.”

Barrett said it was the culmination of a long-held dream for the band.

“The first year Mr. McCarthy came, he said he’d taken a group to Disney World,” Barrett said. “And he said he wanted to take us. We were like that’s never going to happen. But he got us there. I’m very thankful.”

McCarthy said the experience was good for everyone who went.

“It was an awesome trip,” McCarthy said. “I’m really proud we were able to represent the school there.”

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