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Long road for Fergus Falls ends at Inaugural Parade

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We first brought you the story a month ago. That's when President Obama invited the Fergus Falls High School Marching Band to perform at the Inaugural Parade.

Tonight, that dream came true for the band and for their thousands of fans.

Four years of preparation, plus four weeks of fund-raising adds up to about 40 seconds in the country's spotlight. But, it's a moment their biggest fans wouldn't miss.

"The band knew that he didn't see them last time," Neal Schmidt, a donor to the program, said about the President's reaction four years ago. "They said, we're just happy to go and we don't care if he's looking this time.

Other parents kept close watch on the screen at the Eagle's Club in Fergus Falls Monday night.

Michelle Tenneson's son, Jonathan, is one trumpeter near impossible to pick out of the crowd of white and red uniforms.

"No phone calls from the kids, shockingly," Michelle said. "I had to ask my son on Facebook if he lost his phone."

Although a ninth-grader may be unreliable with a phone call, even an anxious mother found a way to ride along for his journey.

"They made a blog for the kids," Michelle explains. "They make comments on it throughout the trip."

Together, the town dug deep, coming up with about $85,000.

"Everybody pulled in together to put them there," Schmidt said after his Eagle's Club donated $5,000.

But the community will tell you no amount of money could buy this moment, when pride plus love plus determination added up, and Fergus Falls showed the nation how to march to their beat.

Of course, their fans were excited to see- this time- the President watched as well.

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