From the Walt Disney World News and written by:
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – (October 9, 2022) – Four marching bands from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) put on a show during the largest-ever HBCU Week at Walt Disney World Resort.
On Saturday, Alcorn State, Delaware State, North Carolina A&T and Winston-Salem State marching bands served as honorary grand marshals in multiple parades at Magic Kingdom Park. They thrilled guests as they traveled down Main Street, U.S.A., led by none other than Drum Major Mickey Mouse, who showed off his own show-stopping moves in his signature marching band uniform.
Each marching band showcased all the elements that make an HBCU band so unique – precision marching mechanics, high-energy dance teams, regal drum majors and the unmistakable sounds of chart-topping R&B music.
Then on Sunday, the same marching bands put on a high-steeping show during HBCU Week Battle of the Bands at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
It was a friendly but fierce battle of the bands event that included an exciting pre-show performance from none other than Drum Major Mickey Mouse, who dazzled the crowd with his moves.
The parade of bands at Magic Kingdom Park and Battle of the Bands at the sports complex were a part of HBCU Week at Walt Disney World. The event featured a host of activities designed to promote HBCU enrollment, including a huge college fair offering on-the-spot acceptance and millions in scholarships.
HBCU Week was held for the first time in its five-year history at Walt Disney World in collaboration with the HBCU Foundation, Walt Disney World and Disney on the Yard, an initiative focused on deepening Disney’s engagement with HBCUs. Students interested in applying for additional scholarships can visit www.hbcuweek.org for more information about scholarship eligibility, future events and more.