KAYSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - In just two weeks, Davis High School's marching band will perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade. ABC4 had the special invitation to one of the final rehearsals to see their preparation for their moment in the National spotlight.
Inside the band room at Davis High School, you'll find organized chaos. Nearly three hundred kids and instruments can make quite the chaos, but when band leader Steven Hendrick takes control the chaos can be a thing of beauty. This beauty, the Davis High School Marching Band, will be marching in the Tournament of Roses Parade January first.
Chase Blackwell, the Drum Major said, "It's an opportunity of a lifetime. They call it the super bowl of parades."
Ashley Witherspoon is also a Drum Major, she said, "The fact that we get to go and perform in front of millions of people, it's exciting."
It is exciting and also an honor. An invitation to march in the parade is a huge accomplishment. Only sixteen marching bands from the entire country perform; some college bands, others professional, only half high school bands like Davis.
Blackwell said, "It's one of those things that you hope your band gets to go, but it doesn't happen to everyone."
The next step of the preparation comes from the marching. The Rose Parade's route is nearly six miles. That is nearly three times the size of any other parade the band marches in.
Witherspoon said, "We have been working up to our 5 mile parade route, so we have been marching until dark playing songs over and over again."
Band Director Steven Hendricks explained the need for practices, "It's literally just building stamina and get good use of their lips so they don't run out."
In addition to the work from the band, the community has helped to pay to get the kids to California.
Hendricks explained, "Our community through our city canvasing program, contributed 30 thousand dollars to get us to Pasadena."
Making this experience not just about the band, but the entire community and state of Utah.
The parade starts at 9 a.m. on the morning of January 1st. The band is number eleven in the route.