The Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band members were busy during winter break, despite getting to enjoy warmer weather at the ‘happiest place on earth.’

Over the winter break, 114 members of the band, under the direction of Peter Horton, participated in parades and workshops. The band members also found time to enjoy Walt Disney World inbetween showcasing their talent.

Accompanied by parents, chaperones and band instructors, the Golden Eagles marched down Main Street of Disney World on Dec. 28, for a short parade, part of the park’s holiday celebration. On Dec. 30, the band participated in the 26th annual Citrus Bowl Parade in downtown Orlando. This roughly two-mile parade of 3,000 participants included a mixture of high school and college bands as well as floats made from citrus.

Band members also participated in workshops to expose them to possible career choices. The band members learned about studio musicians and guard members participated in dance workshops. The students were also provided time at Disney’s Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.

The Trumbull High School Golden Eagle March Band returned to Connecticut on Jan. 2, after celebrating New Year’s Eve in Disney.

Partial funding for the trip came from donations Trumbull residents contributed during the band’s annual door-to-door fundraiser. Parents of the band members paid for the remainder of the cost of the trip. The marching band takes a trip to either compete in field events as it did in Arizona in 2012, or participate in parade events like the Citrus Parade, once every two years.