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Carrick High School marching band celebrates the summer Disney-style


Carrick High School “Raider” Marching Band students took part in Festival Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort on May 11-12. The students traveled from Pittsburgh to Florida to take part in this uniquely Disney festival.

The festival series schedule included two days of adjudicated performances, where ensembles received valuable written and recorded feedback from nationally recognized music educators. At the conclusion of the event, the students took part in the Festival Disney Awards Ceremony. All the ensembles received an exclusive Festival Disney Award, and each member of the ensemble received a Festival Disney Medal to commemorate their participation. Competing groups were awarded Best in Class and Festival Disney Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.

Prior to the event, the director selected the group's classification and one of three adjudication categories. The categories included Competition - where groups are rated and ranked for the top awards; Ratings Only - where the ensemble is awarded a rating but not a ranking; and Comments Only - where the group receives only written and verbal feedback. Immediately following their performance, concert ensembles participated in a feedback clinic with one of the adjudicators.

Festival Disney is open to junior, middle and high school music groups. MENC: The National Association for Music Education officially endorses Festival Disney. This music festival is part of the Walt Disney Performing Arts Programs, which offer instrumental, vocal and dance groups the opportunity to learn, perform and celebrate at the Walt Disney World Resort. For more information go to or call 1-800-603-0552.


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