LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - After nearly three years of fundraising, the Altus High School band is heading to Hawaii this weekend to play in a parade commemorating the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Altus High School Band member Daniela Tapia.
The band will join others from across the country in the annual Waikiki Holiday Parade which takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving. They were invited to participate back in 2014 and had to raise more than $400 thousand.
The students are heading out bright and early Sunday morning for a week of adventure and sightseeing before the parade.
"They have volcanoes and all that cool stuff," said Tapia.
But excitement aside, the students say know the trip will mean more than just hanging out on the beach with their friends.
"Mostly for playing for the honor of the Marines and the Navy who are there," said band member Caleb Brown.
"This is a military town, and this means a lot to this band, I think," said band member Ethan Hastings. "We have a lot of Air Force kids so it means a lot."
The students have been fundraising for nearly three years and relied heavily on community donations to reach their goal. Band teacher Mary Runyan says it's nice to always have the community's support.
"I've been in Altus for a long time, over 30 years, and we've always received great support from this town. Anytime that the town feels worthy, they're going to make it happen," Runyan said.
If you want to watch the band's performance, it will be streaming live here.