Venice High Band marches in Veterans Day Parade, director looks forward to Disney controversy

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – The Venice High School Marching Band performs during the City of Sarasota Veterans Day Parade.

Last week, the group made headlines for a letter sent to parents by the school principal. The letter said the school had decided not to comply with Disney World’s requests to conceal the school’s Indians logo, which depicts a Native American, in order to parade in the morning parade at the Magic Kingdom.

The principal and the school district decided that they could not approve a performance that required them to make this change.

Carl Brown, the former boosters president and parent of a band student was unhappy with the situation. “It’s such a shameful thing that they had to do this to walk and perform for their clients,” Brown said. “They’re asking our kids to cover a logo they’re all proud of.”

Music director David Wing chose to look forward to the town’s holiday parade. “The children are pumped. They’re great kids, one of the best bands I’ve ever worked with. And we are so excited to showcase them and their incredible musical talent in our community.

There are 88 student students involved in the group.

The Sarasota City Holiday Parade takes place the night of December 3, and the band will also perform at the Venice Holiday Parade in late November.

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