Published: May 09, 2014 11:09 AM EDT
Updated: May 09, 2014 5:26 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The secret is out: Gulf Coast High School's marching band will be perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

This is the second time they've applied. Now, they'll be one of five or six high schools nationwide to participate.

"I'm tired of keeping this secret, so I'm happy that today is the big day we get to reveal to the students and the community," said Steve DeLadurantey, the Gulf Coast High School Band Director.

One by one, the marching band piled into the band room to hear a secret worthy of national recognition.

"It is with great pride, it is with great pleasure, to announce this morning that for the first time in this school district the Gulf Coast High School Shark marching band has been selected to represent the great state of Florida and perform in New York City at the 2015 Macy's Day Parade," said DeLadurantey.

Besides the screams of excitement, came tears of joy. Students said the feeling was indescribable.

"It's fantastic. I've been watching it for a while and the fact that I'll be on TV, 50 million people that's a lot so, I'm really looking forward to it," said Charles Coffey, a Sophomore at Gulf Coast High School.

"Wow! I cant believe that we would be chosen, especially for something like this. It's just so special," said Freshman Jacob Mattarella.

"Our goal is to have every single kid go," said DeLadurantey. "We don't want to have one student not be able to afford to go on this historic trip."

And now the countdown begins.

There are nearly 330 kids in the band, according to the director, but they can't get there without your help. The band needs to raise $500,000 in the next 18 months.