Los Alamos High School Marching Band. Courtesy/LAHS
By Maire O’Neill
The Los Alamos High School Topper Band has been selected to perform at Disneyland in a coveted spot in the “Mainstreet USA” parade on Sunday, April 7, 2013, Director of Bands Zane Meek said.
Bands are selected by audition to perform in the parade. Additionally, the band will be working with Disney musicians and clinicians in a “Soundtrack Session” where they will learn what it is to record a music track for a movie scene.
“What a great honor it is to be chosen for this event,” Meek said. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to perform in front of a large audience and show them what New Mexico and Los Alamos are all about, to show off our community and kids and the value we place on music-making.”
Meek said that from an educational standpoint, the chance to work with musicians of this caliber in a real studio is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“I think we will all get a lot out it,” he said. “I am so fortunate to get to work with such wonderful kids and parents who support us in all that we do and this is yet another unforgettable experience we will get to share.”
Meek noted that during this Spring Break trip, the band will also be participating in other musically and culturally important things such as visiting historical venues in the Los Angeles area and attending a full-scale, professional production of the timeless musical West Side Story.
“I would like to thank the community for their support in helping us to go on this trip. I would also like to thank the students for their dedication to preparing for the performances – it’s a lot of time and effort but it’s all worth it in the end,” Meek said.
He also thanked parents for supporting their students and being involved in the Band Boosters who have ensured that all the thankless footwork got done. The Band Boosters have held several fundraisers to help students raise money for the trip, including their current poinsettia sale. Four-inch pots are $7, the standard seven-inch pots are $15, and the large 10-inch pots are $40. Plants may be ordered by calling 412-8739 by Dec. 13 for delivery Dec. 14.