VIDEO: Opening Day 1971 Performer Returns to Walt Disney World with His Grandson

When Walt Disney World opened in 1971, a 1,076 member marching band paraded down Main Street, U.S.A. to celebrate the momentous occasion. Trombone player Dave Phillips, a high school student at the time, was among the musicians marching to the tune of “76 Trombones” on that historic day.

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Today, as Walt Disney World gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary, Dave returned to the Magic Kingdom along with his 5-year-old grandson, Gideon. Watch Dave experience the magic of the Main Street Philharmonic Band with Gideon in the video below:

Dave missed the initial open call for musicians, but later sent in a cassette of his music. He lucked out and was chosen to perform with the marching band at the official Grand Opening Day Parade.

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