ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany State marching band is getting ready to head off on their big trip to California.
They raised $332,775 to go to Pasadena. The money will support the band's week-long stay, where they'll be doing performances, interviews, museum visits and community service projects.
They'll appear as number 25 of 93 participants in the New Year's Day, two-hour live special that will air at 8 a.m. right here on WALB.
The community is invited to the send off at Reese Hall on A-S-U's campus. They will leave at 6 am on December 28th.
"I am ecstatic at the fact that we passed the goal," said VP for institutional advancement Dr. Chanta Haywood. "And what helped us get there was the fact that we pulled out all the stops. We had galas, we had concerts with celebrities like T-Pain. We had dinners with celebrities like T.I."
And Albany State won't stop at the parade. With the excess funds and being named school of the month by the Tom Joyner Foundation, the school is gathering funds for school-wide scholarships for students.
"The scholarship piece is really the most important part of the campaign," said Dr. Haywood. "We're thrilled that we have the band out there, but we want to keep students here and we want to retain them and we want to recruit them."