PLYMOUTH (CBS DETROIT) – A suburban Detroit high school band returns to Michigan after a once in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the Rose Parade.

The Plymouth Canton Marching Band was selected as one of 13 bands to perform in the Rose Parade.

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“This is a once in a life time event,” says Chris Zygmunt, president of the band’s booster club. “They only take some of the best bands from around the world … the band was actually invited a year and a half ago to apply — of about 100 applicants they selected 13 high school bands from around the world and Plymouth-Canton was one of them.”

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He says parents are happy to support the students.

“With a marching band there’s a lot of uniforms and instruments and things like that … parents helped load and unload that — throughout the year the parents have supported in a number of ways including fundraising to help defer the cost for some of the parents,” says Zygmunt.

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This is the first time the band has appeared in the parade since 1973.