N.C. Central’s Marching Sound Machine is the first band from one of the state’s historically black colleges to be invited to the Rose parade.

NCCU anticipated it would cost $500,000 for the 250 band members to take part. Fundraising efforts included the donated use of two 18-wheelers, which a division of Wal-Mart is using to cart the band’s instruments, equipment, luggage and uniforms from Durham to California and back.

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