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Published January 04, 2013, 04:57 PM

Fergus Falls High School band prepares to march for the President

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- High school students are preparing for the trip of a lifetime.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- High school students are preparing for the trip of a lifetime.

The Fergus Falls High School band had an extra rehearsal this morning as they prepare to play for the President at his inauguration. In 2008, these then middle school students watched from the sidelines when the band performed the first time, now it's their turn.

"Straight lines, hit the notes, stay in step."

All going through these students' minds, as they rehearse for the performance of a lifetime.

Seth: "I'm pretty excited, but I'm also nervous because it's gonna be for the President."

Olivia: "it's a big honor, yeah. It's crazy."

The Fergus Falls high school marching band will march in the Inaugural Parade, performing for President Obama, for the second time.

Four years ago, these students were too young to go, but now it's their turn.

"I remember being in eighth grade and wanting to go so bad I was like, 'I'm just so close, I'm so close!'"

According to band director Scott Kummrow, it's their traditional approach that sets them apart.

No big Broadway tunes or fancy formations here.

Scott Kummrow: "We've stuck to very traditional marching where we march in a block formation and we play patriotic music and marches."

The band usually only marches during the summer, so having winter rehearsals has provided a few challenges. Because marching on this isn't the easiest thing to do.

So, they rehearse in the school gymnasium, but when they need more room, the local mall and other places in town are willing to help.

Kummrow: "It's really awesome to be a part of this community swell of support and pride. That's my favorite part."

The band has had less than 30 days to prepare and fundraise. If you would like to donate, contact the school.