RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Reno students are taking the national stage this January, as the McQueen High School marching band joins the select group of musicians playing in the Rose Parade.
Ror more than a year, McQueen band members have been working to fundraise for their trip. With just about six weeks to go, they're still thousands of dollars short, which means some students may miss out.
"They work hard, they love music and they enjoy life," said McQueen band director Rick Moffit.
The students are getting ready for the performance of a lifetime in Pasadena, as part of the Tournament of Roses.
"The Rose Parade is considered pretty much the epitome of being in a marching band," said McQueen senior Nick Bockman.
"We're the smallest band, but we're representing a huge part of the country," said McQueen senior Charmaine Cruz.
They will be joining other groups from across the country and the world.
"We will do a parade in Disneyland," Moffit said. "We'll do a performance at Pasadena City College called Band Fest and then of course the parade itself on January 1."
But the eight-day trip isn't free.
Moffit said the trip costs nearly $1,400 per student and there are 132 in the band.
"We are short $42 thousand," he said.
So in addition to working to perfect their performance, they're also working to raise money.
"We have some families that are struggling a bit so we're trying to fundraise so that we can make sure that all the students are able to go," Moffit said.
Despite all the hard work and challenges, the kids are focusing on the positives.
"It's really exciting," Cruz said. "I just can't wait."
"I'm never going to forget it," Bockman said. "There are only a select group of people in the world that get to march in it and I get to be one of those people. That's really cool."
If you want to see the band in action, they're having a Christmas concert on December 9 at 7 p.m. It will include a preview of what they're planning to play in the Rose Parade. The concert is free to attend, but if you'd like to make a donation at the event you can.
You can also contact the school directly to donate by calling 746-5818 or visiting mcqueenband.org