Disney World Hosts Skutt Catholic Band

School instrumentalists swap Omaha for Orlando on four-day trip

Band students get to know Minnie Mouse on their first day in Florida

Photo by Twitter, @skuttband

Band students get to know Minnie Mouse on their first day in Florida

Lily Yates, Quintessence Copy Editor

Band students can usually be found in the practice room, at lessons, or in a storage closet piled high with musical instruments. But last weekend, the Skutt Catholic band department traded in the fluorescent lights of its home turf for Florida sunlight.

“I organized the trip because I think we can learn and grow as individuals a lot through traveling,” said band director Mr. Christopher Cotignola before traveling. “Disney World in particular offers some unique educational opportunities to performing arts students that can only be experienced there,” he continued. “I hope that while we’re in Orlando we can mature as people and musicians while having fun, too.”

With a steep call time of 4:10 a.m. on the morning of March 31, the sleepy students headed down to Eppley Airfield for their first flight, and the wheels left the ground around 6:30 a.m.

Photo by Twitter, @skuttband
The students traversed the parks in style, using a stagecoach to get around.



Photo by Twitter, @skuttband

“During the whole trip (but definitely more at the start), everyone couldn’t believe it was already happening, since it still seemed so far off before we left,” said band freshman Zoe Moffitt. “Then, when we got there, we stopped at the hotel, put our stuff in our rooms, and then went right to Epcot!”

Although trip participants did take part in much of the classic Disney World experience, the department made the trek for more than just the rides.

“We actually got to do this activity where we played along with the score of a movie in the park,” recalls junior and jazz band member, Ethan Hough. “It was definitely a unique experience and it was a lot of fun learning the music for it,” he continued.

Anyone keeping an eye on the @skuttband Twitter experienced a bit of the adventure secondhand, with the feed including fun photos and even a clip from students at the famed Splash Mountain. They made their way through nearly all of the parks, wreaking havoc and humming tunes all throughout.

                      Photo by Twitter, @skuttband

At the end of the day, the consensus rang true: Skutt Catholic’s delegation to the Disney Perfroming Arts studio, especially, was nothing but valuable for everyone involved. The travelers, in turn, are hoping to bring both deeper friendships and new musical skills back to the campus.

However, the students’ return flight made its landing back in Omaha quite late– at 11:30 p.m. Sunday– meaning the memories are still fresh. So when you see a few unusually tan band kids in the halls, be sure to ask about their Sunshine State trip of a lifetime, and hope some of that Disney magic rubs off on you, too.

Lily Yates - Quintessence Editor-in-Chief

Lily became a member of The Flightline in August of 2015. She is a senior this year and enjoys an array of activities including choir, theatre and slam poetry. She is also on staff as a library aide at the Omaha Public Library. You can email her at [email protected]