The rain held off on Saturday afternoon, so Orlin Knuth, of Fenton Township, was able to collect on his raffle prize at home.
He and his wife, Gail Knuth, waited outside as neighbors came out to watch. Then the Lake Fenton Marching Band became visible, marching a short distance from the high school to the Knuths' house on Jennings Road.
Family and friends settled in from their positions in the backyard, as the 136-member band lined up and began to play their 25-minute Command Performance show. Under the direction of teacher Ryan Gonder, the students, dressed in their marching band uniforms with the color guard behind them, got their audience's feet tapping with the Lake Fenton fight song, "Brown-Eyed Girl," "Sweet Caroline," Led Zepplin's "Black Dog," "Hey Baby," Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train," and even songs from Lady Gaga and Madonna and Justin Timberlake.
Knuth was the winner, out of three semi-finalists, of the special performance, said Barb Gallamore, Music Boosters vice president. More than 500 tickets were sold at three Lake Fenton band home performances, with the performance as the prize.
The proceeds, of more than $1,000, will help the Blue Devils' marching band take a trip to Disney World in April, where they will march in the Celebrate a Dream Come True parade at the Magic Kingdom, Gallamore said.
"We're hoping to make it an annual tradition," she said, of the raffle.
The winner of the Command Performance received the prize on a pre-determined date and time, at his or her home, weather permitting. In case of rain, the Command Performance would be in the Lake Fenton High School commons.
Knuth was happy to win the prize. He bought tickets at all three Lake Fenton band home performances.
"I invited all of the neighbors," he said on Saturday.
"It was a nice surprise," Gail Knuth added.
Freshman Maddie Newcombe, who plays the clarinet, was excited to participate. Inside the school band room, she strapped her helmet on.
"I think that we're going to do really well, because we've been practicing for awhile," Maddie said. "We like to do well."
Outside the school, senior Kosta Falaras practiced his snare drum as he waited to march to the Knuths' house for the performance.
"I think it's pretty cool," Falaras said.
Knuth enjoyed the occasion.
"It was beautiful," he said. "They are so great. They are always good.
"They do a great job, and Ryan (Gonder) does a great job with the kids."
Parent Heather Joseph was there to watch her daughter, Hayley Joseph, a junior, play her clarinet. Hayley is very excited to march in the parade at Disney World, her mother said.
The distance the band needed to travel wasn't far, and parents and the Genesee County Sheriff's Office helped with traffic control.
"We hear them practicing in the mornings," Orlin Knuth said. "We travel with them on their trips."
Knuth is a Lake Fenton Board of Education member, and his son, Kevin Knuth, is a Lake Fenton High School graduate. Kevin Knuth helps Gonder as his assistant manager, and Orlin and Gail plan to join the band in Florida for the spring trip to Disney World. The marching band will take buses, and the Knuths will fly down to meet them.