Youth marching band's special Thanksgiving performance at Disney World

Bournemouth Echo: BEATING THE BEST: The Meridian Corps of Drums Youth Marching Band BEATING THE BEST: The Meridian Corps of Drums Youth Marching Band

MEMBERS of a Poole youth marching band will be parading with an extra spring in their step after two landmark performances.

The Meridian Corps of Drums Youth Marching Band, formed three years ago, was one of only two UK marching bands to take part in London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

And during December the band was honoured to perform over the Thanksgiving weekend at Disney World, Florida, USA.

Bandmaster James Leonard, from Parkstone, told the Daily Echo: "It was massive for a little band like us to be chosen to perform in America like this.

“We’ve had a great year, the kids come to us from all backgrounds. They come with no musical experience so it was great for them to go all the way to America to represent the UK.”

The band got the chance to travel to Florida after auditioning then spending a year raising funds.

James said: “There was 71 of us in total, with 45 in the band performing. It was brilliant, especially following all the hard work that went into this throughout the year.”

The bandmaster also thanked parents and the local community for supporting their fundraising efforts throughout 2013.

“We were accepted at Disney World after sending in a DVD, but then they asked us to perform in the Magic Kingdom on one of their busiest weekends of the year,” said James.

If you are interested in joining The Meridian Corps of Drums Youth Marching Band, and are aged 8-18, call James Leonard for information on 07825 397 071.

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3:09pm Sun 12 Jan 14

60plus says...

Good on them,nice to hear something good about young people for a change,
Good on them,nice to hear something good about young people for a change, 60plus
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4:19pm Sun 12 Jan 14

misplacedspaniard says...

60plus wrote:
Good on them,nice to hear something good about young people for a change,
Yeah cos most young people are such fiends.

Jeez
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Good on them,nice to hear something good about young people for a change,[/p][/quote]Yeah cos most young people are such fiends. Jeez misplacedspaniard
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8:41pm Sun 12 Jan 14

fedupwithfedupjobsworths says...

I've seen them and they do sound out of time and tune which is unsurprising considering they have no musical experience. The uniform also reminiscent of the Hitler youth.
I've seen them and they do sound out of time and tune which is unsurprising considering they have no musical experience. The uniform also reminiscent of the Hitler youth. fedupwithfedupjobsworths
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11:42pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

fedupwithfedupjobswo
rths
wrote:
I've seen them and they do sound out of time and tune which is unsurprising considering they have no musical experience. The uniform also reminiscent of the Hitler youth.
Surely you need to go steal some gruel from Bob Cratchet? Confiscate Tiny Tim's wooden crutch for your fire? Decrease the surplus population?

You must be miserable person to post something as vile as this.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithfedupjobswo rths[/bold] wrote: I've seen them and they do sound out of time and tune which is unsurprising considering they have no musical experience. The uniform also reminiscent of the Hitler youth.[/p][/quote]Surely you need to go steal some gruel from Bob Cratchet? Confiscate Tiny Tim's wooden crutch for your fire? Decrease the surplus population? You must be miserable person to post something as vile as this. Yankee1
  • Score: 1

9:58pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Poolemusicman says...

fedupwithfedupjobswo
rths
wrote:
I've seen them and they do sound out of time and tune which is unsurprising considering they have no musical experience. The uniform also reminiscent of the Hitler youth.
This make me laugh.....
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithfedupjobswo rths[/bold] wrote: I've seen them and they do sound out of time and tune which is unsurprising considering they have no musical experience. The uniform also reminiscent of the Hitler youth.[/p][/quote]This make me laugh..... Poolemusicman
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10:00pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Poolemusicman says...

fedupwithfedupjobswo
rths
wrote:
I've seen them and they do sound out of time and tune which is unsurprising considering they have no musical experience. The uniform also reminiscent of the Hitler youth.
This is just plain horrible.... Bullying kids who have achieved so much.... They have performed in America! No other local bands with or without musical experience have done that! Must have a lot going for them. Disney have strict auditioning process! I'm guessing that you are in a rival band!
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithfedupjobswo rths[/bold] wrote: I've seen them and they do sound out of time and tune which is unsurprising considering they have no musical experience. The uniform also reminiscent of the Hitler youth.[/p][/quote]This is just plain horrible.... Bullying kids who have achieved so much.... They have performed in America! No other local bands with or without musical experience have done that! Must have a lot going for them. Disney have strict auditioning process! I'm guessing that you are in a rival band! Poolemusicman
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