All Blind Band Preparing for Rose Parade

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This year the famous Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., will feature the first all blind marching band.

The 32-member band traveled to California from the Ohio State School for the Blind and are practicing daily at one of the local high schools.

Each student will march with the help of a "marching assistant" and it seems the assistants are more nervous than the band members.

"For those of us who have sight, it's nerve-wracking. For the kids, they have no stage fright," said parent Paula Shepherd. "So this is exciting. They get pumped when they hear how large the crowds are."

"I just get behind Marty and push him on," marching assistant Eunice Penrod shared. "And he knows what he has to do and he does it. They all do."

The band has been together since 2005. They make up the only band of its kind in the country.

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