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Lakewood Marching Band Gets ‘Magical’ Invite to Thanksgiving Parade

This year’s band trip is special, because it’s the last with band director Brian Maskow, who’s retiring at the end of the school year.

The Lakewood High School marching band is headed to Disney World to take the big stage.

On Tuesday, a group of about 90 students from the high school will board a bus bound for Florida, where they are scheduled to march in the Thanksgiving Day Parade at Magic Kingdom.

Each of the students — from ninth through the 12th grade — has raised the $850 required to take the excursion. 

Many of them raised the money on their own, washing cars to pay for the trip.

In addition to the Thanksgiving parade, the Rangerettes will participate in a Dancing Disney Workshop, where they will learn how to audition for dance shows. 

The band typically takes a trip every three years or so — the last trip was a couple years ago when the it performed at the Cotton Bowl in Texas.

But this year is special.

That’s because band director Brian Mastow is retiring after nearly three decades of service to the school district. 

“This is going to be a great send-off for band director Brian Maskow who will retire at the end of the school year after 30 years with the district,” said district spokeswoman Christine Gordillo.

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