Some musical good kids spread the sounds of Kansas across the country over their spring break.
Topeka High School's marching band loaded up for Florida last Friday. They performed this week at Disney World. Band director Steve Holloman says the trip is a reward to the kids for all their hard work. Plus, he says, they get and perform in front of thousands of people.
One special friend saying goodbye to the band was senior Kyle Leuschel. Through a stroke of bad luck, he couldn't join his friends - he was hit by a car and is on crutches with a broken leg. He says it's disappointing not to go because he's been in band since elementary school and looks forward to the trips. Still, he wanted to share in the excitement as his friends left.
Joining Topeka High in Florida were the Seaman High School marching Vikes. They took to the Disney World streets Sunday.
Band director Cary Stahly says the trip is exciting for the students, plus is a chance to get the school's name in a national spotlight.
Both bands were accepted for the parade performance based on video tapes of performances and pictures of the kids in uniform. They're used to the Friday night lights of the football field, but Disney World? Seaman Senior Casey Eisenbarth says she wasn't nervous about the performance. She said she'd be with all the other band members, which she called a family atomosphere that she loves.
The Santa Fe Trail High School marching band is also performing in the Orlando area this week.