Southeast High School band takes a trip of a lifetime

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In October 2016 a Wichita high school marching band received and invitation to perform at the 2017 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade.

The opportunity was too good to pass up, so the Southeast High Golden Buffaloes have been working hard to make this once in a lifetime opportunity come true.

On Wednesday, KAKE News sat in on what may look like just another band practice for the students in the Southeast High School's marching band, but this practice was on of the last few rehearsals the bunch gets before they jet set to Honolulu Hawaii for the 75th annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. 

"Honestly, when I first heard about it I could hardly believe the news, just seemed so surreal," Lucas Chin, a senior, said.

"It still just seems like a dream, but Monday morning we better wake up, because we have to get on that airplane," Kristal Cutler, music director, said. 

Kristal Cutler, the music director at Southeast High, says it's been a busy year for her and the more than 60 students getting a chance of a lifetime to play for our veterans in Hawaii. 

"I'm so happy this fell at the doorsteps of Southeast High," Cutler said. 

The journey all started with the invitation, but it was just an invitation. The price tag for each student to attend? $2,000. From the moment Mrs. Cutler received the email the students began organizing fundraiser and asking for donations from alumni.

Not only is it an experience for the students to take in our nation's history, it's the first time ever for some students to fly on an airplane, and better yet, to leave the state.

"I'm excited that this gets to be their first time for them to go see the world.. literally see the world," Cutler said.

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