All 1300 of the kids wore ribbons in honor of Kyle Yoder as he fights to recover from a brain tumor.
The walking tribute of gray and red ribbons was designed to increase brain cancer awareness and the students stood united in the fight as they performed the Star-Spangled Banner together.
Volunteers also collected donations during the event at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan.
The musical homage five days after his surgery came as a surprise to Kyle, but from his hospital bed he sent Action News a message for his fellow musicians and color guard members.
"Thanks for the tribute. It means a lot," he said. "Go get them at champs this weekend. Love you guys and I hope to see you soon."
Those championships -- the Western Band Association Grand Championships -- got canceled Saturday because of bad air quality, but on that same day, doctors at Valley Children's Hospital moved Kyle out of the intensive care unit into a regular bed because of his improving health. He's still waiting to learn the next step in his treatment.