St. Amant kids become part of the magic

Charlotte Guedry
Katie Scarbrough marches with band members.

Getting to Disney World is a dream for many young boys and girls. Parents, too, get excited by seeing old childhood favorites in full costume.

For some lucky students at St. Amant High School, their dream of seeing Mickey and Friends came true recently.

The St. Amant High School Marching Band attended the “Disney Performing Arts”  event in Orlando, Florida from April 22 – April 26.

Saturday, April  23, the students also got a thrill, as they were given their very own parade through the venue.

Band directors and parents were with the students, and were able to catch a bit of the Disney Magic.

“This is such an honor and privilege for our children to be chosen and perform in their very own parade at Disney,” said Jody Tyson, mother of tuba player Katie Scarbrough. “The park is beautiful, and the event was so well organized. I am just so proud of all these kids have accomplished.”

A total of 200 students, including the Color Guard, made the trip and the adults were pleased with the way the students handled the responsibility.

“The entire event went without a hitch,” said Tyson. “The behavior of everyone was exemplary. Their attitudes were focussed. Most of all, they saw their hard efforts rewarded. That’s a fantastic feeling for these kids.”

Director of Bands Craig Millet, and Assistant Director Joseph Nassar were supported in the organization by student teaching interns Billy Hochkeppel and Andy Farmer.

“We cannot stress how important Craig, Joey, Billy and Andy have been for our kids,” said Tyson. “They support and encourage them every single day.”

The trip cost the program $120,000. All funds were raised by the students participating in candy and jambalaya sales, along with selling magazine subscriptions.

“Every single penny was raised by these kids,” said Tyson. “Now that’s what I call passion for what you do.”

The St. Amant High?School band marches down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom.