And they couldn't do it without the parents' support, he added. The Band Boosters raised the budget to $50,000 this year.
Booster President Jennifer Raines said the community makes a lot of what they do possible by making donations.
Backing the kids every step of the way, she added, the boosters were just as excited, if not more nervous, to learn the results as the students were.
"As long as the kids go out and do their best, it doesn't matter where they place," said booster Mary Beth Schoen.
The only direction the Highlanders can go now is up, Bouse said.
Now that the marching band's season is over, Milleman said it's time to keep going and build on that success.
"We just give the kids the best opportunity to succeed and they put in the hard work," he said.
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