The Real Cost of High School Marching Band

By Yvette Romero - 2011-09-28T17:25:35Z

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The Parade is also practice for what many of the kids really care about -- marching band contests.

  • $100.00: Gas to travel to Bands of America Grand National Championships, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
  • $450.00: Hotel for three nights
  • $300.00: Meals
  • $40.00: Fundraiser contributions: car wash, wrapping paper, candy bars
  • $350.00: Tickets to the game for a family of four

The Tally: $7,024.77

Photograph by Darron Cummings/AP