WDW 50: Original Marching Band Musician Returns to Magic Kingdom

Disney Parks Blog has shared a story of an opening day marching band musician returning nearly 50 years later to celebrate with his grandson.



What’s Happening:

  • Dave Phillips was one of the “76 Trombones” musicians in the 1,076-member marching band who paraded down Main Street, U.S.A., for Walt Disney World Resort’s grand opening celebration on October 25, 1971.
  • Dave returned during the holidays almost 50 years later to celebrate with his grandson, Gideon, as they watched the Main Street Philharmonic march down Main Street, U.S.A. They even got to meet some members of the band.

  • His father was a music teacher in Central Florida, encouraging him to play trombone for his high school band. He had missed the in-person parade audition so he sent in a cassette tape, and was later chosen to join the band.
  • Dave says the one memory he’ll never forget is seeing Cinderella Castle when performing. He says if Walt was able to come back, he would be most proud of the people working here, creating the magic.

More on Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary:

“The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” starts on October 1, 2021 at the Walt Disney World Resort and will continue to be celebrated for 18 months.

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