Pasadena, California (ABC 4 News) - A Utah school in the national spotlight. New Year's Day the Davis High School Marching Band was featured in the Rose Bowl Parade.
Band members had a lot to think about as they marched before a world wide viewing audience of more than 80 million television viewers add to this the more than 5.5 miles long parade route and you have a combination of prestige and the athletic challenge that only a very few people in the world ever experience.
"While we're going down we're feeling the energy of each other and the energy of the crowd," said flute player, Elise Mackelprang.
Good Morning America anchor Josh Elliot raved over our very own Davis High School Marching Band. "The good folks from Kaysville, Utah the Davis High Marching Band," he said.
The students were in almost perfect alignment as they glided down this street in Pasadena and their music phenomenal for High School students performing at this level.
"We played don't stop believing by Journey and it was just kind of the theme song for our band this year. We always had a belief in our selves and the community always believed in us," said Drum Major, Chase Blackwell.
This is an accomplishment in and of itself because of what the 285 Davis High School Marching Band members have to fight through to produce the exhilarating visual and audible performance.
First, they have to fight through physical exhaustion. "I'm kind of aching a bit, but it was a quick recovery. It wasn't too bad," said Piccalo player, Kathryn Thomson.
Band Director Steven Hendricks whipped these kids into shape preparing them for every possible challenge by marching them 5.5 miles in Utah before taking on the task in California.
The lower elevation gave the students an extra boost of energy. "The one thing they said that really gratified me was, 'Was that really 5.5 miles? That seemed easier.' So it means that we prepared them well," Hendricks said.
This is the second band he brought to the Rose Bowl. The first was the band of 2003.
The trip cost $1,100 per student. The entire trip cost more than $313,000.