Place yourself in our high school lobby. Full of students all speaking of the same happiness that fills the room. A trip, a small vacation, an escape from the cold clutches of Ohio, and to the warm beaches of Florida! Yes, the trip I have been waiting for since my freshman year. The week we go to Florida to march in the night parade at Disney.
My senior year at this high school, and at just the right time. My name, is Dallas Steele. I have been in band for 8 years, and it will be a bittersweet end to my band career. On one hand I leave my dear band mates, yet on the other I shall march with them one last time.
The lobby was full of our luggage. We had just begun to load the bus. We hurried for we wanted to wait no longer for the warmth of Florida. Once our bags were loaded onto the bus we all sat in our seats we were assigned almost 7 Months ago. I sat beside an old friend. His name was Nick Buss. Nick was a junior at the time and we both had a great sense of humor, which made the bus ride so much more enjoyable.
So we were off. It was a long bus ride. Took us nearly two days until we reached our first destination, Cocoa Beach. Ah what a wonderful place it was. It was sunny, the water looked absolutely breathtaking and we were all ready to jump in. So we all changed in to our bathing suits and walked to the beach. One thing we did not suspect was the cold air when we finally got out there. For some strange reason it was windy and cold. We tried to get in the water but it was even colder. We were there for the majority of our day so we packed up and started back on the road. We finally made it to our hotel and went to bed. Tomorrow was the big day.
We woke up early and got back on the bus to head to Disney. Our first stop was at a small park at Disney where we would watch the choir perform. We were not there very long then we headed off to Magic Kingdom. The main park at Disney. This was also the park we would be marching through tonight. So I went around with my friends and seen all we could see till darkness started to fall and we went back behind the tree line to suit up and get ready to march. When we were dressed and ready for action, we walked to the front of the line, passing all the magnificent floats that would follow behind us. My heart swelled with happiness and anticipation.
There we were standing behind giant metal doors, outside I could hear the people screaming and cheering because the parade was about to start. Then, it happened. All in a flash so quick, bright lights, flashing cameras, the faces of all the small girls and boys, all smiling at us. I barely remember the band moms and choir cheering for us as we marched so quickly past them and everyone else. Next thing I remember is darkness once again. We couldn’t hold back our smiles. We finally did what we had dreamed! We all got together in a group and cheered for it was done and the magic of Disney was running through our minds while we watched the fireworks in the night sky.
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