This film shows how the Haines City High School Band came to fame and recognition. It takes the viewer to the Conn Instrument Company in Elkhart, Indiana to see brass horn manufacturing, including electronic testing, casting and assembly. The town of Haines City goes all out to raise money for uniforms for the band and glee club by selling light bulbs. One bulb buyer is a citrus company, which provides a chance to see citrus processing, including using pulp for cattle feed. The uniforms arrive and the band plays at the Gasparilla Festival in Tampa. When the band is invited to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 1956, fundraising projects begin again. A send-off party is held at Cypress Gardens and everyone loads up in buses for the trip to DC The band plays on the Capitol steps, sees sights including the White House and Mt. Vernon, and returns home to a police escort into town. This is a great story. This was filmed in Kodachrome.
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