Wednesday, November 14, 2018
News Roundup

Dunedin High band will strut its Scottish stuff on national TV Christmas Day

DUNEDIN — Over the blaring wail of bagpipes and the thumping of drums, band director Ian Black shouldn't have heard the phone ring.

But he did. And it's a good thing, too.

The person on the line, a representative with Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, was calling to inform him that Dunedin High School's Scottish Highlander Marching Band was one of only two high school bands in the nation chosen to perform in the 29th annual nationally televised event.

On Dec. 1, more than 70 musicians from Dunedin High, Dunedin Highland Middle and Clearwater Fundamental Middle schools traveled to Orlando to tape a special parade segment showcasing Scottish heritage.

The television special — which also features prerecorded appearances by Disney characters, celebrities and professional music artists, and scenes from Disneyland in California — is scheduled to air from 10 a.m. to noon Christmas Day on ABC.

"I was excited for the students because for them this is a really great opportunity," Black said, adding, "I think it will really bring a lot of pride and recognition to our community."

Dunedin High's marching band plays normal instruments like any other, except that the ensemble also includes bagpipers. Band members wear kilts and Scottish military uniforms, and color guard members double as highland dancers.

That unique tradition is what officials say prompted the invitation to play a score from Brave, a recent computer-animated Disney release about a redheaded archer heroine in the Scottish Highlands.

For a week after the initial call, Black says he dropped several hints that the students were "going to make the magic happen." Once details were shored up, Black made the official announcement and "the whole field erupted in cheers and (students) were high-fiving each other," he said.

The band spent four weeks perfecting the musical piece chosen by Disney and submitting regular video updates of their progress.

During taping, Black said the students screamed excitedly at the sight of parade host Nick Cannon. Students were able to enjoy the park following the roughly 90-minute shoot — a real treat for some who had never been to Disney or even outside Pinellas County.

Band sergeant Jacob Hollis, a senior, said in a statement that the experience topped winning first place in last year's Heritage Music Festival following a performance on the steps of Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

This was "a great way to end my senior year," Hollis said.

Black said he also enjoyed the opportunity to consult Disney composers on the intricacies of writing music for bagpipes and to get a behind-the-scenes look at television production.

"And it's a good moment for me as a director because I know what I'm doing is helping to make the experience of the students in the program that much more meaningful and worthwhile," he said. "This is just one more really great feather that these kids get to put in their caps."

Keyonna Summers can be reached at (727) 445-4153 or [email protected] To write a letter to the editor, go to tampabay.com/letters.

Comments
Bounces work against Lightning in loss to Sabres

Bounces work against Lightning in loss to Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It looked like a beautiful chance. Steven Stamkos got the puck in the final minute, faked a shot and slid it over to Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov fired off the shot they wanted for him … and the puck hit the post."I made the ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Lightning enjoys chance to share Marty St. Louis’ Hall of Fame induction

Lightning enjoys chance to share Marty St. Louis’ Hall of Fame induction

Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman spearhead large Lightning contingent's trip to Hockey Hall of Fame induction
Updated: 5 hours ago
Why Blake Snell should win the AL Cy Young award

Why Blake Snell should win the AL Cy Young award

ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell deserves to win the American League Cy Young award.Really, it's as simple as that.Look at what Snell did this season for the Rays, leading the AL with a 1.89 ERA, 21 wins (vs. five losses), .178 opponents average an...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Check out the facial tattoos of the man called the ‘Miami Joker.’

Check out the facial tattoos of the man called the ‘Miami Joker.’

Lawrence Patrick Sullivan’s 2017 arrest and tattoo-filled mug shot earned him infamy. So why is he in the Pinellas County jail?
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays’ Kevin Cash third in AL Manager of the Year voting

Rays’ Kevin Cash third in AL Manager of the Year voting

ST. PETERSBURG – Rays manager Kevin Cash is always all about winning, rarely taking solace in a good showing or a narrow loss.But finishing third in the American League Manager of the Year voting Tuesday, behind winner Bob Melvin of the A's and...
Updated: 8 hours ago
There’s another KK in town – Karter James Kiermaier

There’s another KK in town – Karter James Kiermaier

There's another KK in town.Or a "lil outlaw.'Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier and wife Marisa announced on Twitter Tuesday the birth of their son – Karter James Kiermaier.The 9-pound, 13-ounce boy was born Monday, measuring 21 inches.Ladies n gentelmen ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
The Florida Gators really do have a shot at a New Year’s Six bowl

The Florida Gators really do have a shot at a New Year’s Six bowl

UF moved up two spots to No. 13 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings ... which means they're in the hunt for a major bowl
Updated: 8 hours ago
Man who defrauded area charter schools sentenced to 20 years in prison

Man who defrauded area charter schools sentenced to 20 years in prison

The leader of a scheme to defraud charter schools in seven Florida counties, including Pinellas and Hillsborough, was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison.The action, taken in Escambia County Circuit Court, was reported by the Pensacola News Journ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Joggers, cyclists now wait to see where future of Upper Tampa Bay Trail leads

Joggers, cyclists now wait to see where future of Upper Tampa Bay Trail leads

Hillsborough commissioners are not recommending a realignment of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail to make room for a 300-unit apartment block. But whether trail users can claim victory is unsure.
Updated: 10 hours ago
Victim in fatal wrong-way crash was a veteran who died on Veteran’s Day

Victim in fatal wrong-way crash was a veteran who died on Veteran’s Day

He was fatally injured Monday while loading his bike onto the front of a bus on Gulf Boulevard. The wrong-way driver was impaired, deputies say.
Updated: 10 hours ago