Published: Jul 23, 2012 10:28 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The University of Florida's Pride of the Sunshine marching band is heading to London to perform at the Summer Olympics.
The Gainesville Sun ( ) reports more than 230 band members and 15 staff members left Sunday for an eight-day trip. They'll perform for the U.S. Embassy and at an event before the opening ceremonies.
The trip cost about $1 million. Each student was responsible for paying $4,000, either on their own or through fundraising. The newspaper reports the UF provost's office chipped in about $100,000 and they got another $25,000 from the University Athletic Association.
Band members will also do some sightseeing, taking in Stonehenge and the Warner Brothers studios where the Harry Potter movies were filmed.
Information from: The Gainesville Sun,

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