ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - Some young musicians in one hometown have been on the hunt for the next great stage to show off their talents. The Patrick Henry High School Marching band got that chance after a year and a half of waiting. And that great stage happened to be at the happiest place on Earth.
Within the Patrick Henry High school band room, Brand Director Alex Schmitt likes to challenge his students.
"Listen," he directs the class, "One and two and best tone!"
And this year, he offered them up the challenge of a lifetime.
"It was something that I felt we wanted to be a part of," Schmitt said.
A year and a half ago, Schmitt applied for his marching band to perform in a parade down Main Street at Disney World Magic Kingdom.
Finally, he got the call he'd been waiting for and the students got the surprise of the semester.
"It was like one of the biggest moments ever," said Sophomore Jayla Price. "It was so much fun and exciting the band moms had t-shirts saying Disney and it was a really nice surprise."
"Mr. Schmitt came in dressed like Mickey Mouse," said Senior Morgan Thompson. "It was really exciting and it was just a really fun night."
It was a fun night, which paled in comparison with their arrival into the Magic Kingdom.
"You go through in the tunnel that says Walt Disney World and everyone was cheering," Schmitt said with a smile.
The students performed Disney tunes in front of thousands of people.
For some, it was about representing the best of the Roanoke community.
"It was really, really cool to get to represent our city, our state to so many people," Thompson said.
And for others, it was about representing the best versions of themselves.
"I'm always really nervous about things but performing there just made me so self confident," said Price, "and I had a blast there."
And for all, it was about the best part of being a team.
"To get there was just amazing," Schmitt said.