Hundreds of people lined the street to welcome back the All Lubbock Marching Band on Wednesday.
The band traveled to Pasadena, California to proudly represent Lubbock in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade.
The students say this was the trip of a lifetime, something they will never forget.
But it took a year and a half of planning and more than $500,000 to make it happen. A dozen buses and more than 1,000 miles later, the nearly 500 band members made it to California.
Lubbock High, Monterey, Estacado and Coronado students spent a week together. They bonded by going to Disney Land, walking up and down Hollywood Boulevard and ringing in the New Year. Best of all, they got to play "Deep in the Heart of Texas" to millions watching the 123rd Annual Rose Parade.
"We marched six miles, seeing all the people singing with us - it was an amazing experience," said Madeline Flores, LHS french horn player.
Audience members say the music rattled the ground as the crowd cheered. The band's red, white and blue outfits and song even caught the eye of Al Roker, co-host of the televised show.
"We kept rewinding it, seeing if we could spot him in there and we spotted a lot of his friends as well. It was a great feeling," proud parent Beatrice Hernandez said.
Students now say they are ready to get some sleep after the fun-filled trip.
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