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Albertville Aggie band to play in 2018 Rose Bowl Parade

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ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Albertville Aggie band has done it again. They are going to participate in this coming year's Rose Bowl Parade.

The Rose Bowl Parade president is coming to Albertville Saturday to begin promoting the band's participation to the community.

With tons of awards, four trips to the Macy's Parade, the Abertville Aggie band is adding another honor: a second trip to participate in the 2018 Rose Bowl Parade in California.

The group made the trip in 2011, taking 209 students. Now they're looking at taking 285 students for the Jan. 1 event.

Band officials say they've already begun trying to raise the more than $800,000 needed to make the trip.

“It's a pretty extensive process to be selected. I believe there were several hundred applications and we were the only high school band in the entire southeast United States selected. So it's a huge honor to be selected and I would like for him to be able to tell the students why he hand selected us,” said Albertville High band director Chris Lindley.

They got their official invitation to the Tournament of Roses Parade, but the invitation comes with a big price tag.

“I think it's going to be amazing. It's definitely going to be a chance of a lifetime," says Aggie band drum major Mercedes Childers.

Few bands ever get a chance to play in a major event like the Rose Parade, but these nearly 300 Albertville band students will.

On Monday, Tournament of Roses Parade president Lance Tibbet flew in from California to congratulate them and give them a helping hand.

"We're helping them here raise funds and raise awareness for that trip," Tibbet said.

School officials estimate the trip will cost about $800,000 800 and are working on ways to raise that money.

Quality Foods in Albertville is helping chip away at that total. They announced they'll pay for the 16 band students whose parents work for them.

Tibbet said it's a trip that can truly change lives.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a lot of kids that never get out of their community, never get on a plane, get to see the bigger world and it changes lives and we actually know it changes some of these kid’s lives," he said.

The kids give their performance to the community on the field. Now they're hoping the community will support them in their fundraising efforts.

"The band is blessed to be able to go on this trip. We area. And we're blessed with a great community. Albertville has been wonderful to us," said Childers.

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