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Amsterdam Marching Rams head to Washington, D.C. for Inauguration

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The Presidential Inauguration is one of the most significant weekends for the country. One local marching band is preparing to head to Washington, D.C. to compete in an Inauguration music festival. But as YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, the Marching Ram's aren't worried about winning or loosing because the real prize is the experience.

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- "It's like a vacation with 150 of your closest friends, and a lot of kids don't get that chance, it's amazing," said Meagan Little.

150 of your closest friends, and an expected 800,000 strangers. Amsterdam's Marching Ram's are heading to Washington, D.C. for Inauguration weekend.

"We're taking the band on a trip to Washington, and we're going to be taking part in the band competition," said Michael Perry, the band director.

Our local stars will be competing against five other bands from across the country. They'll also be taking in the sites and even catching President Obama as he is sworn in.

"I've never been around Washington, D.C. especially during the Inauguration, so I'm very excited," said Allison Seyfried.

"A lot of us have been waiting, we've known about the trip since last year, so it's definitely something we've been anticipating for a while now," said Kyle Farina.

Students say what they're most excited for is finally getting to show off all their hard work.

"We've been practicing really hard with our marching, and memorizing our music, and it's just a lot of preparation," said Little.

Each of the participating bands will receive a trophy and a special Inauguration patch.

"I definitely feel lucky to just go and be a part of the competitions we are able to be a part of," said Farina.

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