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Thanksgiving Parade of Bands

With more clinicians and fewer participants than any of the major bowl games, the Thanksgiving Parade of Bands at the Walt Disney World® Resort is the mass band event that your students deserve.



A Performance Where You Matter

  • Give a featured performance where the band is the highlight
  • Perform with the Presidio Brass, professional narration and an appearance by Mickey Mouse
  • Play for thousands of guests, watching in person and via live webcast
  • Work with noted collegiate instructors, DCI champions and professional musicians
  • Play custom arrangements created exclusively for you by Grammy nominated composer Rick DeJonge
  • Learn in a pre-trip clinic led by a distinguished clinician
  • Apply for an additional Disney Performing Arts Workshop or OnStage performance for your band, choir or orchestra (based on availability)

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Exclusive Extras and Fun

  • Enjoy an extravagant Thanksgiving dinner, awards ceremony, and private performance by the Presidio Brass. 
  • Rehearse in the park before it opens, just like the pros
  • Take comfort in award-winning hotel accommodations and an extensive buffet breakfast
  • Interact with other schools in a non-competitive environment
  • Create memories in the world's most visited theme parks

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Learn from Distinguished Clinicians

  • Gary Smith, University of Illinois Marching Illini Director Emeritus
  • Joe Hermann, Tennessee Tech University Director of Bands
  • Ben Collins, DCI champion with Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps
  • Ruth Ann Medworth, Indiana State University Sycamore Guard Director; WGI Board of Directors and Hall of Fame
  • Whitney Medworth, Lucas Oil Stadium, Event Manager; former DCI staff
  • Barry Houser, Director of the Marching Illini, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Presidio Brass, special guests

The Presidio Brass appear in cooperation with Jupiter Band Instruments.


Now Accepting Applications for 2019 and 2020.

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