The brought some love from the "D" when they performed at the in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon.
marching band performed a medley of Motown classics during the parade, which was telecast nationwide on the VERSUS cable network.
"For 84 years, this 118-member band has been the springboard for many musicians throughout the state of Michigan and indeed the country," parade co-host Diane Willis said as the Marching Chiefs performed.
The students marched directly behind vehicles carrying three men who will be racing in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Three-time winner Helio Castroneves will be vying for a fourth win, along with racers John Andretti and E.J. Viso.
With the IPL parade under their belts, the Marching Chiefs now have their eyes on their performance at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Indianapolis 500 Pageant parade, which takes place on the very track where the actual race occurs.
Before that happens, however, they will enjoy a fun-filled night at the Indianapolis 500 Festival Band Party at the Indianapolis Children's Museum.
Sunday morning will start very early for the high school students. Breakfast is served at 5 a.m., followed by a group departure for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 6 a.m. After the 8 a.m. performance, the students will be able to stick around and enjoy the 500-mile race, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.