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JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

PORT CLINTON

Tim Eber will finally get his chance to play at Walt Disney World.

Eber, a Port Clinton High School senior, is traveling with the high school band and orchestra to play at Walt Disney World on Sunday and will also march during the Citrus Bowl Parade on Saturday.

Eber, who leaves for Florida today, said he is "pumped" and eager to get the show on the road.

"I'm pretty excited. Two parades -- that's an opportunity of a lifetime," Eber said. "I'm not really nervous. I'm looking at it as another performance, but I'm sure I'll be nervous when I get down there."

The band's trip is a testament to its hard work and a little guidance from Rod Miller, in his second year as band director.Miller, a 20-year band director, will take his students to Port Clinton High School's first show at Disney World in four years and its first trip to the Citrus Bowl Parade.

"Any time you get to march on national television is a good thing," Miller said. "These kids don't know what they're in for. They're going to remember this for the rest of their lives."

Miller credits the band's success to its dedication and hard work.

"The success of this kind of trip is not based on preparation for the trip, but what we did before," Miller said.

"I'm really happy with these kids and the way they've responded to everything."

The last several weeks have been particularly trying for the band, because they've had to march in the cold weather along the streets of Port Clinton.

A highlight of their performance includes two minutes of choreographed dance moves to Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls." The performance includes everything from "walking like an Egyptian" to high steps and turns.

"Something about 'Fat Bottomed Girls' at Disney -- it's just... beautiful," Miller said. "We rehearse that thing because we want to be good."

Rehearsals have also been an important element for fourth-year orchestra director Bryan Stitak.

The orchestra, mainly composed of violinists and cellists, has been practicing songs like The Temptations' "My Girl" and "Pirates of the Caribbean."

The orchestra is scheduled to play at 11 a.m. Sunday at The Diamond Horseshoe Review in Frontierland at Walt Disney World.

Senior Meredith Mooney said she is excited since she will be pulling double duty, playing clarinet for the band and violin for the orchestra.

"I don't think I'll ever have that experience again," Mooney said. "I can't even imagine ... I guess I'll just have to find out.

"We're basically playing for the world at Disney," she said.

Stitak echoed her sentiment, saying it is an entirely different atmosphere.

"I don't think they understand the magnitude," Stitak said. "Disney is an international venue, and these are the type of people they are playing for. It's huge."

P.C. band marches on national television

* Band will march in the Citrus Bowl Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday

* Parade will be televised at 1 p.m. Sunday Dec. 30 on WTVG Channel 13, Toledo, and at 2 p.m. on WEWS Channel 5, Cleveland.