WEST JOHNSTON MARCHING BAND PREPARES FOR ANOTHER MAGICAL SEASON WITH AN INVITATION TO PERFORM AT DISNEY WORLD The magic continues as the West Johnston High School Marching Band begins preparing for the 2005 marching band season on August 1st with band camp. During band camp the students will begin to learn the music, marching techniques, drill and other specialized skills necessary for successful performances. Students in the West Johnston Band Program experience much more than performances; they have the opportunity to represent Johnston County and North Carolina throughout the nation; and they learn necessary life skills such as communication, teamwork and commitment. Everyday at West Johnston, Mr. M. Lance Britt, Director of Bands teaches the students that success in life takes more than magic - with hard work and dedication anything is possible. The students, staff and parents have proven that with hard work and dedication anything is possible with unprecedented success during its first 3 years. The West Johnston Marching Band was North Carolina’s representative in the 55th Inaugural parade honoring President George W. Bush in January 2005. In 2004, the band placed 4th in its class and 21st in the country at Bands of America Grand Nationals competition. In its 4th season, West Johnston will continue to represent Johnston County and North Carolina with pride and excellence both locally and nationally as it performs and competes. This year the West Johnston Marching Band will be competing in a Bands of America regional in St. Petersburg, Florida in October and in Bands of America Grand Nationals competition in Indianapolis, Indiana. The band has also received an invitation to perform in the Magic Kingdom in Disney World on October 30, 2005. Mr. Britt believes that representing Johnston County at Disney World is a wonderful opportunity to continue the magic. This program and its magic will only flourish with the continued support of our community. In August the community can support the band through various fundraisers ranging from donating pennies to larger sponsorships and enjoying family events such as family fun at Bingo or ice cream at Coldstone. Our annual sponsorship drive is underway with various levels of participation and advertising opportunities. Sponsors will help to provide funding for instruments, equipment, music and specialized instruction for our students. Ten percent of all sponsorships are designated for our benevolence and scholarship funds that are used to assist our students. For more information on sponsorship levels please go to www.wjhsbands.org or call Jan Maust or Cindy Nyberg. During the month of August, the West Johnston Band Parents Association is sponsoring its Coin the Magic fundraiser. Collection jars and cups will be placed throughout the community in participating businesses and homes. Please support the band by contributing your loose quarters, dimes, nickels & pennies. Guest scoop night is on August 17th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm with Directors Lance Britt and David Duffy scooping and serving ice cream at the Coldstone in White Oak Shopping Center in Garner. Then on August 27th the band will be performing from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the grand opening of the Coldstone in Smithfield. On August 20, 2005, the band parents association is hosting Bingo in the cafeteria at West Johnston. A hot dog supper is at 6:00 pm and Bingo begins at 7:00 pm. Please join us for an evening of family fun. The first opportunity to see the students perform and experience their magic will be at the Parent’s night on August 12th at 6:00 pm. The evening will begin with a covered dish dinner. After dinner Mr.Britt and Mr.Duffy will introduce the theme for the 2005 field show and the performance will follow at 7:30 pm.