UNION COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - For members of the Union County Marching Band, Friday night under the lights is still something they're getting used to.
Students know they've come a long way, as we caught them performing at a recent game at BNA Park in New Albany.
Band Director Andy Hall said, "The kids are really excited about having this opportunity. The scholarship opportunity it involves and the ability to play in a group is something they haven't had the chance to do before."
For many schools, a band and a football team have been there all along.
But for these Union County students and their parents and grandparents who come to watch them, it's something they don't take for granted.
The thrill the students get on the field, they say, helps keep them motivated.
West Union Freshman Kateri Fetter said, "It feels amazing to get out in front of all these people and show them what we've been working for."
Myrtle Freshman Myriah Street said, "The adrenaline rush is awesome. Having the crowd roar after a huge and amazing performance is awesome."
These students go the extra mile literally. They all travel to one school in the county daily to practice as a group.
The freshmen through seniors also practice one night a week together with younger students, who are learning what it's like to be part of a marching band.
Band Director Hall said, "I think we can be competitive with any other band in the state. The kids have the desire to do that and the work ethic."
And no doubt these Union County Marching Band members will keep improving and entertaining every Friday night.