The Randolph-Macon Academy Band isn’t waiting around to see how much snow will fall this weekend. Instead, the group will load onto the waiting buses at lunch time on Thursday, January 22, 2016, and head to Florida. Their primary mission is to perform at the “Disney Festival of Fantasy” Pre-Parade, which takes place prior to the Daytime Character Parade in the Magic Kingdom. Their secondary purpose, of course, is to have fun. They will be accompanied by eight members of the Randolph-Macon Chorus, who will assist with the parade and hope to pull off an impromptu performance or two of their own while in the park.
After an overnight stop in Georgia on Thursday and shopping in Old Town Kissimmee on Friday, the students will enjoy a day at Disney on Saturday, January 23rd. Their parade performance will take place on Sunday, January 24th at 2:30 pm in the Magic Kingdom. Afterwards, it will be back to enjoying the parks. They’ll also have until 6:00 pm on Monday to get their fill of Disney before loading the bus for the return trip to Front Royal, where it is rumored up to two feet of snow may await them.
The Randolph-Macon Academy Marching Band is renowned throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, with regular performances in the St. Patrick’s Day Parades in both New York City and Washington, D.C.; the Apple Blossom Grand Feature and Firefighter’s Parades in Winchester, VA; and other parades throughout Maryland and West Virginia.
Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.