SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg High School band members returned home Thursday after spending a week in Florida.
Members of the Smithsburg High School orchestra and band - 164 students - spent the last week in Orlando taking part in the annual Festival of Music. It was the first appearance by a Smithsburg group there since 2001.
The young musicians left on April 22 and performed in competitions while there. Some also played at Disney World's Magic Music Days, including at a parade, at Magic Kingdom and at a Disney music workshop, orchestra director Evan Price and band director Gary Rupert said.
"It's an unbelievable musical experience," Price said. "We're adjudicated, and we get to perform for people (from) all over the world at the Disney facility."