Toot the horns and bang the drums, the Fergus Falls High School Marching band will be joining the inaugural parade.

The January 21 parade will be President Barack Obama's second inauguration and the band's second inaugural parade performance. The students, from a city of just 13,000, marched four years ago wearing crisp white uniforms and tufted headpieces.

Four years ago, the band director said the Fergus Falls group was picked from among 1,300 applicants. This year the competition was even stiffer. The inaugural committee said that more than 2,800 groups applied to march in the parade.

See photos of the band's 2009 preparations and trip to DC.

Here's a video of the group's Yankee Doodle Dandy performance:


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