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Fergus Falls Marching Band raises funds for special performance

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After a month of fundraising efforts, the Fergus Falls Marching Band is at ease tonight knowing they will be making the trip to our nation's capitol to perform at the presidential inauguration later this week.

It's not the first time the community has pulled together to make it happen. Fergus Falls sent the band four years ago for the 2009 inauguration.

But this time is different. The school is sending more students, which means raising more money. They also had to do it in less time.

"It started off slow, it made us a little bit nervous that people weren't going to be as excited this time around as they were four years ago," Theresa Lee, president of the band boosters, said.

The pockets in this town of 13,000 may not be as big as their hearts. One parent of a band member agreed it was a lot of money to ask for a small community. But, the music that plays through out Fergus Falls had everyone digging down deep.

"We're there now, we're actually at the $60,000," Dawn Godel, vice president of the boosters, said with a big smile. "We're actually a little bit over now."

It took less than a month, and what would cost each student $450 now will be free.

"I can't believe what an incredible community we have," Godel said. "It just makes me so happy that they could do this for the kids."

It came bit by bit. Tonight, the Eagle's Auxiliary Club donated $1,000 and another $5,000 from the Eagle's Club.

Mary Moe, Auxiliary president, says there wasn't a single person at the meeting who would have voted against donating the money.

The students, now, are preparing for the show.

"I'm extremely proud of them, all of them individually, as people, as students and as one marching band for being able to step up to such an opportunity," Allyson Godel, drum major, said.

Just as these kids are pulling together for a performance of a lifetime, so too is the community around them.

The bus pulls out Thursday afternoon. Community member plan to line up along Lincoln Avenue to wave goodbye.

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