by Howard Clemens
Band directors and high school musicians and performers will find Disneyland, California an ideal destination to showcase their talents. Groups can have a public performance on one of Disney’s stages or participate in a parade. Disneyland California also has Youth Programs where students experience backstage life with real Disney performers. Including this type of workshop on the trip to Disneyland encourages students to hone their artistic skills and talents. Disney Performing Arts Onstage gives student marching bands, orchestras, ensembles, choirs and more a forum for their work.
Learn more about how a marching band trip to Disneyland would be structured to include performances, active learning and touring different theme parks. This sample itinerary includes three days in Disneyland, a trip to see a Major League Baseball game and dinner at the Hard Rock Café.
Disney Performing Arts Onstage
Organizing a student trip around a performance provides a wonderful opportunity for multifaceted learning. Student performance groups will rehearse for the big day for months preceding the performance, encouraging them to develop discipline and use teamwork to succeed onstage.
There are several options for marching band trips when it comes to performance venues in Disneyland. Marching bands can perform in a parade, on a Disney stage or to an international audience. Disney actually provides programs for instrumental, vocal and dance groups – not just marching bands. The venue selected by the trip leader will reflect the needs of the group.
This band trip is a unique experience for the student musician. In addition to the performance on a Disney stage or marching band route, trip leaders may also opt to select a backstage workshop taught by an actual Disney performer for the group.
Disney’s California Adventure
Located in the heart of Anaheim, California, this Disney theme park presents classic Disney characters and new stars coming alive in a multimedia and interactive setting. Exhibits include the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Hollywood Pictures Backlot, The Little Mermaid and more. In 2012, Disney’s California Adventure will add characters from the Pixar movie Cars. Tow Mater, Lightning McQueen and others from the film are part of Cars Land — and so is the Radiator Springs racer ride. This interactive Disney park is sure to amaze and delight students.
Major League Baseball Game: Los Angeles Dodgers or Anaheim Angles
Many students have never seen a Major League Baseball game, but would love the opportunity to do so. A trip to California may be the perfect time to take a group of student musicians out to the ball game. Trip leaders can reserve tickets to either L.A. Dodgers or Anaheim Angels games. Students can sit back, relax, have a hot dog and watch the professional baseball game with their friends.
Hard Rock Café
Many student groups enjoy visiting the Hard Rock Café while on tour in just about any large city in the U.S. An evening dinner at the Hard Rock Café on Hollywood Boulevard just might trump a visit to other locations. Here students can see Jimi Hendrix’s purple, crushed velvet hat, Jim Morrison’s leather pants and more. Interactive, touch screen displays are in booths throughout the Hard Rock Café and allow the viewer to experience Rock-n-Roll history.
Students who participate in marching bands are used to travel. Yet a trip to Disneyland for performance infuses the trip with an added dimension of fun. Students can explore other parks besides Disney’s California Adventure while they visit. This sample itinerary allows three days for students to explore Disneyland, with time to shop, and dine at international cafes, too.