The sound that will soon represent Hawaii is yet to be tuned, but it will be for the Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day.
"They're starting from scratch, but they have the attitude," said Managing Director John Riggle.
The partial team practiced on Oahu on Monday.
The All-State Marching Band lives up to its name having more than 350 students from 44 high schools across six islands. They've never rehearsed as one unit, and won't be able to, until they all arrive in Los Angeles.
"It doens't matter because you're just so pumped," said Markus Perry from Kamehameha Schools. "There's millions of people on TV watching. It's quite an experience for anyone."
Some of these students have already been on the big stage, but, for many others, it'll be their first time.
"You can imagine being from Upcountry Maui or Pahoa and you've never been to the big LA atmosphere and you've got these millions of people around you. It's staggering," said Riggle.
Included in that small town list is Hekili Taua. He said, "It's extraordinary. It's mindblowing."
The senior from Nanakuli says without this marching band, he would've never dreamt it possible to be in these events because of where he grew up.
"I don't think I would ever have a chance going to the Macy's Day Parade or the Rose Bowl Parad. I don't think we would've even imagined going to these events," said Taua.
The band was created 11 years ago to make that reality for these students.
"There's no doubt in my mind that this is a great opportunity for me," said Taua.
"I get to show everyone, not only in the state, but then also in California what Kailua can do," said Kahele Vegas.
First, they have to practice for the nearly 6-mile-long course. Monday's walk-through focused on the infamous 110-degree turn.
"Bands have a hard time doing turns no matter what," said Riggle. "It's the nature of the beast. But, 110 is kind of circular, it's kind of square and you're not really sure where it's going to happen in the music so you have to practice for that."
They'll have just two full practices before showtime.
"Thousands watching this parade on the streets, hearing us play, watching us represent Hawaii," said Taua.
Those two practices for Hawaii's All-State Marching Band are actually live performances -- one in the Disneyland Christmas Parade and the other in a Bandfest field show in California just days before the Rose Parade.
They'll be the first band up in the parade's lineup and should be on television within the first half hour of the show.
The 125th Tournament of Roses Parade airs on KITV on New Year's Day at 6 a.m.