Louisburg High School’s marching band up early for trip to Calif., where they’ll perform in Rose Parade

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LOUISBURG, Kan. -- A local marching band is heading to warmer weather Tuesday to take part in a very prestigious parade.

Fox 4's Matt Stewart traveled to Louisburg High School to catch up with the Wildcats who say they are excited to march in the Rose Parade.

They raised more than half a million dollars to pay for this trip.

"It’s an incredible honor," senior drum major Chloe Philgreen said. "We’ve been auditioning for several years, and it’s a super selective process and so since we were finally chosen, it is such an honor and a really exciting time."

Louisburg is one of thirteen high school bands from across the country selected to march in Rose Parade.

"It’s going to be crazy," Philgreen added. "There are going to be millions of people, and I think we’re all just trying to take it in and live in the moment because it something that you can only experience once."

The band director applied twelve years in a row to play in the Rose Parade but never got in. There will be 190 students on the trip--that is a quarter of the school's student body.

This is the first band from Kansas to march in this parade this century. The Rose Parade organizer and his wife visited Louisburg and took part in Labor Day Parade this year.