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FHS marching band raising money to march in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Updated: 8/30 10:48 am

HENDERSON, Nev. (KSNV & MyNewsx3) -- Foothill High School's marching band is preparing for the performance of a lifetime.

They have been invited to be in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The holiday may sound far off but, the marching band is putting in the work now.

The members of the marching band were playing their hearts out Wednesday for what they say is 'once in a lifetime' experience, performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Trombone player Kristian Fox says this is a great way to start his senior year. "I feel ready, but we could all use a lot more work and a lot more practice," Fox said.

Whether seniors or freshmen, the band members are ecstatic to be part of this group and what it will accomplish on Thanksgiving. This is a big deal for freshman baritone player Nikko Lopez. "When everything's together, you can feel it. It feels really good, like you can just tell that everybody is playing well, everybody's doing their job, and it just flows well, everybody is doing their job well," Lopez said.

As they march to choreographed steps and hit their notes, these band members will also be raising money to help pay for their trip to New York City.

"Every little bit helps. It's tough and it's a lot of money, but it will be a great experience," Fox said.

"You're the reason we're here," said Foothill High School Principal Joe Caruso.

They have a lot of support from their principal, parents, teachers and school leaders. Their band director, Travis Pardee, is beaming with pride. "Perhaps, once in a lifetime thing for these guys. Again they only took six high school bands and we're very proud and fortunate to be one of those six chosen," Pardee said.

Between the letters and the bake sales, this band is determined to raise more than $700,000.

So far the band has raised more than $400,000. That's just over the halfway point of more than $700,000, but they still have their work cut out for them.

To help make this dream a reality, visit the band's donation site or call (702) 799-3500, extension 4040.

The marching band will also be performing at Carnegie Hall during their trip.

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