|Updated: 1/05 4:55 pm
||Published: 1/05 4:52 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Saturday, the Little Rock High School band held a community pep rally at the Rivermarket to raise money for a unique opportunity. The unit will march in the Presidential inaugural parade.
"When we made the announcement, the kids were excited. They literally jumped out of their seats," said band director Brice Evans.
Clarinet player Sara Jones says it will be a high school memory she will cherish, especially the moment the announcement was made.
"I was really excited. I couldn't contain myself. I don't think any of us could," said Jones.
90 students will make the journey to see President Barack Obama enter his second term.
"For the past semester, we have been practicing so much," said drum major Gerald Nwosu.
But there is a problem. The band has only received half the needed costs of $100,000.
"We are leaving on January 17. We would definitely like to have the trip paid for on January 17. So we have less than two weeks to raise another 50,000," said Evans.
Although the musicians have more fundraising to do, they are grateful.
The parade will be held January 21. Little Rock Central High will be one of many marching units from across the country.