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High school band prepares for Rose Parade

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The director of the Maui High School band says there is some pressure as the band and color guard prepares to perform in the Rose Parade.

But Kerry Wasano says the students are working hard, practicing for about 12 hours a week.

The band and color guard are set to travel to California after Christmas for three performances, including the Rose Parade on New Year's Day.

Students learned of their selection in October 2013. Wasano tells the Maui News this is the first time a Maui high school band will perform in the parade.

The band has raised about $350,000. The goal, which would have allowed band members to go for free, was $500,000.

About 60 parents, staff and supporters will join the 140 students on the trip.

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