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A Kentucky marching band that is raising money to play at the inaugural parade is only a few thousand dollars away from their goal.

The Letcher County Central High School Marching Band was one of the few bands selected, out of thousands, to play during President Obama's inauguration festivities next week. Their JROTC Honor Guard will also perform. The school is located in a mining region in Kentucky that has been hard-hit by the economy. However, thanks to grants from the music network VH1 and the passion of school and community leaders, they have developed thriving music programs.

Read more: The whole LCCHS story

Since they got the invitation, Letcher County Central High School and the town of Whitesburg, Kentucky, have come together to raise more than $60,000. Their goal is $70,000, and the band is confident they can pull through.

"This is probably the biggest story that has happened to our county since Robert Kennedy visited here in February 1968," the director of the marching band told HLN. "Our children and community are the ones that have made this happen."

Check out some of their rehearsal above!

If you'd like to contribute, there is a PayPal account set up for the band, or you can visit the band program's Facebook page for more information.

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