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Lassiter marching band heading to Rose Parade

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Hundreds of young people braved the cold to put the finishing touches on their routines for the up-coming Rose Parade on New Year's Day in Pasadena, CA.

The Lassiter Marching Trojan Band will make their fourth appearance at the honored event.

More than 200 high school students brave the chilly December air marching around the football track practicing for the parade. 

"This will be our fourth visit to the Tournament of Roses Parade," said James Thompson Jr. "This parade in particular marks 25 years to the day since the first band from Lassiter marched in the parade."

"I can't image being at Roses right now," said trumpet player Jason Grooms. "Its not real yet to me, but it will be when I get there."

The student musicians donned their marching uniforms to give a farewell concert to family members and fans on Thursday night. They played one last time on home turf - preparing for the big time in California, where the world will be watching the very best from Atlanta. 

"Its an incredible experience," said Lassiter senior Anna Gwaltney. "Its something that not everybody can see in person much less participate in so I'm very honored to be a part of it."

The band leaves for California on Dec. 27, and it will take six air planes to get more than 230 students and their instruments out west.

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