LEBANON, Tenn. – With each note they play, students in the Lebanon High School band are closer to what will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this fall.
The band is one of 22 selected nationwide to be part of the 10th anniversary 911 ceremonies in New York City.
These are the latest of the countless number of notes the Marching Blue Devils have played over the last few weeks at band camp.
Band Captain Melissa Meado said, "We've been working on music, drilling it into our heads. We've been out there marching like crazy to make sure all the fundamental stuff is perfect, so when we go out there, we look uniform and perfect."
Perfect for football games, competitions and for a trip to New York City for the Veteran's Day parade to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks.
Band Director Eric Spear said, "Our program has come a long way in the last couple of years as far as growth and maturity of our students and of our abilities, so now to have an opportunity in New York City at such an event, this is a wonderful thing for our students."
Those students either don't remember or barely remember the events of that September day nearly 10 years ago.
Drum Major Maeghan Hatfield said, "I was five, so kindergarten. I don't remember it at all, but I hear my sister talk about it all the time and how tragic it was for everyone. I don't remember it, but I wish I did."
Meado said, "I was in second grade when I think it happened, and I think I was at school and everything just stopped, and we turned on the news, and we were all freaking out, and they said, 'Alright, everybody go home.'"
"The event had such a significant consequence for our country," Spear said. "These kids know, they understand the significance of what we're doing."
Lebanon High School is trying to raise money to cover the cost of the trip for 85 band members.
If you would like to make a donation, there's an account set up at Wilson Bank and Trust or you can go online to the band's Web site, MarchingBlueDevils.com.