PASADENA, Cali. - Monday morning, the Niceville High School Marching Band got some national attention as they participated in the Rose Bowl Parade.
Back in May 2016, the band was invited to march the little more than five miles along the parade route. Meredith Freeman and her twin sister Julia had never been to such a big event.
"Just realizing that all our hard work in the past year and a half has finally paid off was pretty incredible," said Meredith.
That preparation culminated as the 300-member band made their debut.
"We were playing our fight song and the thing that resonated with me was how loud we were," said Ciara Coger, a junior. "It almost brought me to tears."
This is the second time Niceville High School has performed in the parade. Dan Wooten, the band's director, said this go around the staff knew what to expect.
"I wasn't walking down the street looking like an expectant father," said Wooten. "I knew what was going to happen and I could enjoy it."
For the twins, it wasn't the actual parade that was most memorable, though, but an exhibition a few days earlier for all the participating bands.
"We were just encouraging each other and just talking about the progress we've made over the past year and how it seems like such a long time but here we are," said Julia.
Now, Wooten says the focus will move to other aspects of the band program. They will return back to Niceville on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, the parade requires bands wait at least four years before participating again.
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