Headland High School band heads to Annapolis for Military Bowl

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HEADLAND, Ala. (WTVY) - The Headland High School band will be spending its winter break in Washington D.C.

They've been invited to play in the Military Bowl.

"It does kind of feel like it's built up to now and what a spectacular way to end it too,” said Headland Band Trumpeter Jared Freeman.

Jared Freeman's time with the Headland High School band will be ending in just a few months when he graduates, but before it does, he's got one last hoorah to look forward to.

The band will be heading to Washington D.C. to play at the Military Bowl.

"It feels really nice,” said Freeman. “I'm glad I can go and experience this with all the younger kids."

They will play in the pre-game and halftime show, as well as the parade.

Headland is the only school from Alabama, and with just 45 students going, the smallest band participating.

"Even though we are the smallest, we still play our part,” said Headland High School Band Flutist Kalynn Terry. “The more people there are playing, the better everything will sound."

It’s been a two year process getting accepted, and the band had to raise about $600 per child to afford the trip.

They will get the opportunity to play alongside the Navy band at the bowl game.

"You'd be able to ask them questions and they could answer them,” said Headland High School Band Director John Taylor. “I've seen pictures on television of their precision, and the kids could learn a lot from being there with them."

So instead of playing jingle bells, the Headland rams will spend this holiday season playing Yankee Doodle Dandy.

The Headland band will be marching its way up to Annapolis on Christmas day.

The Military Bowl is on Friday.