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The Northern State University Marching Wolves are back from their journey to the nation's capitol and are full of lifelong memories.

"We saw the Smithsonian, Holocaust Museum, oh I even had my first sidewalk hotdog," Sophomore, Nicole Merriman said. "And we don't get those in South Dakota."

The "Fury of the North" was playing in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade and will always cherish their opportunity to play for President Obama.

"It hasn't really hit me yet," Merriman said. "I mean we played for the president!"

What has hit home was the cost of the trip.

It costs a pretty penny for 111 band members to travel more than 15,000 miles.

"It was expensive, but that is what we are here for," Mike Bockorny, Vice President of the Northern State Foundation said. "The foundation wants to be able to help with things like this."

The trip costs nearly $150,000, and the foundation is looking to finish paying off the final costs.

"We have been emailing alumni, calling donors," Bockorny said. "Anything really to get the last of the money paid."

Right now the school has less than $30,000 dollars to go and the students are doing their best to help with the costs as well, through their own fundraisers.

Although, it is tough to put a price tag on memories, band members know their trip was expensive, but are truly thankful for the opportunity and the help they have received thus far.

"We could not have gone without the help, not only the foundation but the community of Aberdeen has done so much."

To donate contact the Northern State University Foundation at (605) 626-2550.

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