ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany State University Marching band is celebrating a huge honor.
They've been invited to march in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
The band's talent will be showcased to national and international television audiences.
Members say it's the pinnacle for marching bands. The band director says thousands of schools apply each year for the honor and this was just one of the things on his bucket list.
"I just want them to understand how great our program is and how much were trying to get ourselves out there, we may not be like all this other big bands but we have the same amount of pride and commitment," said James Worthy, ASU Drum Major.
"It gives us a chance to show the whole world indeed to show America how great these kids are and how great this community is. We stand on everybody shoulders, very proud," said Michael Decuir, ASU Band Director.
The band is already preparing musically and physically for the 5 and a half mile parade.
They'll also start raising money soon to pay help pay for travel expenses. The parade is January 1st 2016.