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December 21, 2013

Marching to the Magic Kingdom

Danvers High's well-traveled band prepares for Disney parade


“I am trying to make this trip the best out of all of them,” said Bolduc, who plays the piccolo. “This is my last hurrah. I’m really looking forward to spending a week in Florida with my friends and just having a good time.”

The Falcon Band made its first big trip to Disney under Parsons’ direction in the spring of 1990. It’s been four times more since then.

“Every trip is unique,” Parsons said. “Just the destination and the performance venues, and it’s just a different group of students with different personalities. So we just try to tailor our preparations to the venue we are performing at to make it exciting, educational, and fun and entertaining.”

“I’m pretty excited about the trip, personally,” said Don Bean, a drummer. “I think it will be really fun because you go and you are with all your friends.”

“I’m excited to just being with my friends and experiencing the parade,” said junior Erin Haley, a piccolo player. “The rehearsal is really hard, but it pays off. We practice what we perform so you just have to push through.”

The band leaves Friday, Dec. 27, and will march in the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida on Sunday. It’s an 8 p.m. parade, and the band has wired all its drums with Christmas lights.

The band will then march on New Year’s Eve day in a parade in the Magic Kingdom.

Parsons said the trips never get old. The band’s staff is always learning new things about traveling and the logistics involved in moving 135 band members from place to place.

“You almost have to be thinking a day in advance when you are on the trip,” Parsons said.

Also making the trip will be Bob Mulvanity, the visual designer and assistant director; his wife, Bridget, who is the color guard instructor and choreographer; and Peter Furnari, the percussion instructor and writer. The trip also will include 10 chaperones.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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