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Dover-Eyota's HS band takes it up an octave

EYOTA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Dover-Eyota's High School band is doing more than just making music.

They're making a name for themselves across the nation.

The school's band is one out of 125 nationwide selected as a Grammy signature schools semi-finalist, putting them in the running for some pretty big grant money.

Just as an athlete preps for a big game, Dover-Eyota's high school band is no different.

They begin class with warm ups.

It's the students' dedication that pushed band director, Ryan Anderson, to apply for a Grammy signature schools grant last fall.

"I thought this probably gets mailed out to thousands and thousands of people across the country, but I did know it was worth my time to try because our students do very well in whatever they do in the band program," said Anderson.

Hearing the band was chosen as a semi-finalist was music to Anderson's ears.

"To me that just sent a little chill down my spine to say you're in that ball club, now lets play ball," explained Anderson.

Dover-Eyota is in the running against top-rated music education programs all across the country.

In fact, Edina is the only other school in Minnesota that was nominated.

"Just completely amazed. I couldn't believe that such a small school like we are was on the same level as these schools that have all this money to put into their music programs," said Grace Hammel, a student.

"Having this kind of opportunity is awesome! It just shows the kind of dedication we can put into things," stated Spencer Hackler.

Hard work that could land them a grant ranging from $1,000 $10,000. For some, the nomination is a stepping stone for their future.

"Just the self-satisfaction of doing something like that and being recognized by the Grammy association would be amazing. It's pretty much what I want to do with my life, that would be a pretty good start to my career," said Hackler.

A start for many and for director, Ryan Anderson, a remarkable step that has certainly taken the love of his job up another octave.

Band members will have to wait until March 12th to find out if they're chosen as a Grammy finalist.

Only 35 schools will be selected.

If they are picked, Anderson is considering paying a composer to write a brand new piece, specifically for the school's band.

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