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Mira Mesa High School marching band comes up Roses

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Members of the Mira Mesa Marching Band "Sapphire Sound" returned home Friday night after an unforgettable appearance in the Rose Parade.

One band member said they had a lot of "adrenaline flowing through them" and it was really exciting. Another member said "it didn't feel like 5-1/2 miles, I felt like I could go longer," she said.

After months of practicing music and getting in physical shape, members of the Mira Mesa High School marching band performed in the 127th Rose Parade Friday morning.

The 250-member ensemble performed "Ode to Joy" and "America the Beautiful" repeatedly along the 5 1/2-mile route.

"When you are in that parade and you see all those people cheering you on, it's amazing," Russ Sperling, director of the San Diego Unified School District's Visual and Performing Arts Department, told CBS 8 when the group departed for Pasadena Tuesday.

Mira Mesa is the first band from the district to march in the Rose Parade since Patrick Henry High in 1983. The teens had to raise about $250,000 to make the trip.

"I have three nights in a hotel, I have to feed all of them, 250 teenagers needing to eat is a lot of money right there," band director Jeanne Christensen said. "We also needed uniforms."

Students in the band said practice sessions included running and push-ups to build the stamina needed to march more than two hours.

The band will also take part in the Pasadena City College Band Fest Tuesday night and marched in the Disneyland Holiday Parade Wednesday.

More than 700,000 people crowded the parade route, while millions more watched from home on television.

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