(WMC-TV) - Members of a Mid-South high school band spent Friday getting ready for a state competition in Nashville this weekend, with the hopes of going to nationals next month.
Munford High School band members were out on the field playing hard, hoping the tough economy won't keep them from winning first place in their national competition.
"I'm excited. This is a competition we haven't won before, and I feel like it's a great opportunity to get our name out there," said Munford High senior Brittany Wright.
On Saturday, the nearly 200 member band heads to the Music City Invitational in Nashville. But the real prize comes in November, when they go to nationals in Annapolis, Maryland - if they raise enough money.
"These kids want it really bad," band booster Heather Topping said. "They've gotta go back. This is our last chance for redemption at winning to come back with a first place trophy."
The trip, which will cost nearly $80,000, will be funded only through donations. Band parents say the tough economy is making it hard to raise the needed funds.
"It just gives me a sense of accomplishment when we go to competition and come home with medals, and it's like that our hard work pays off," said senior Cristian Colon.
For some seven-year band members, this is the last time they'll get to go to nationals before college. They say the long hours of practice don't bother them.
"Hour and a half during school, two hours on Tuesday and Thursday, and an hour and a half on Wednesdays after school," Colon said.
Band members hope all their hard work and long hours pay off.
Munford's band traveled to the National competition in 2007 and 2009. Two years ago, they came home with the second place trophy.
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