O’FALLON, IL (KTVI) – When she's not busy playing clarinet, drum major Hannah DeBose has a Birdseye view of her marching band.
'Just this season we've scored 20th in the country and I think it's just because of all the time and effort our band directors and staff put in, and also, each and every member of the band,' says Hannah DeBose, Drum Major.
And if her view of this massive marching band was good, the band director's was better.
'When they choose a band they choose within a region and there are 14 regions in the world and we are one band that is chosen within one of the regions in the world,' says Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, Band Director. 'So it's very difficult to get in and very challenging.'
The instruction book for a band application is 50 pages and rigorous. But this is an accomplished high school band.
Melissa Gustafson-Hinds/Band Director: 'So we were at Carnegie hall in May and the band and choir performed there. It was the most fabulous musical event's ever. And then towards the end of summer we were in one of the Muny productions of Hello Dolly.
To greet the world on one of the most watched world stages takes a loaded semi and another full sized trailer, along with a team of band parents.
'It's moving a household, moving this band,' says Gustafson-Hinds. 'We're taking 219 kids out with all the equipment plus their uniforms.'
One of my philosophies as a teacher is giving these kids opportunities they wouldn't get anywhere else and obviously this year they've seen it.'