The Cloughaneely Junior Band is gearing up for what promises to be the performance of a lifetime: a march down the iconic Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Paris this July! The band, hailing from the picturesque Cloughaneely region, earned their spot by submitting a dazzling video of one of their performances to Disney, and the magical news of their selection arrived just in time for Christmas.

As the band prepares for their grand debut, they’ve been hard at work during the winter months rehearsing an enchanting repertoire of Disney classics. Tunes like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Part of Your World,” “The Lion King,” and “Under the Sea” are all set to enthrall Disneyland’s visitors on Wednesday, July 3. The anticipation and excitement among the young musicians are palpable as they hone their skills to make Ireland proud.

Gerry O’Donnell, the Chairperson of the band, couldn’t be prouder. “We really have the best bunch of young people, and they are a credit to our parish,” he remarked. “The commitment each member has shown to the band is incredible. The amount of work our teachers and committee are putting into this to make it the most memorable trip for all band members is commendable.”

No strangers to success, the band are the reigning All-Ireland champions in the Fleadh Cheoil na h-Eireann Competition and are set to travel to Wexford in August to defend their title. The parents and community have rallied behind them, preparing for a three-night stay in Paris from July 1. Before they jet off, the band will showcase their Disney program to family and friends on June 27 at Ionad Naomh Fionnán.

The band’s journey to Disneyland Paris is a testament to their hard work and dedication, offering them a magical day of a lifetime as Disney performers. We invite you to share your thoughts and excitement about their adventure in the comments below. And don’t forget to encourage friends and family to join in the celebration by sharing this story!

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