"It was unbelievable. I could hardly believe it. I probably had to ask them three more times if it was true." - Caleb White, All-American
It's the highest honor in high school band: a spot in the U.S. Army All-American band.
Only 1 in 125 students can claim it, and one of those is right here in Nebraska.
He's a band member, trumpet player and, now, All-American. And, he's a humble one.
"I didn't even dream of it," Crete High School Senior and All-American Caleb White said.
It's an honor that only Caleb White can claim for Crete High School, and the highest for his level.
"It was unbelievable. I could hardly believe it," he said. "I probably had to ask them three more times if it was true."
But, it's not one that came easy.
"Caleb is a really hard worker," one band member said.
"He works really hard," band director Eric Fuhrlander said.
"He's a really hard worker," another band member said.
"I got the music and just started working on it everyday," White said.
It paid off.
783 miles: it's a long way from the halls of Crete High to San Antonio, where Caleb will play in January. But, it's not nearly as long as the journey to receive the honor, one that touches close to home.
"My brother's in the guard, and he absolutely loves it," White said. "I always look up to him for wanting to follow in his footsteps."
That's just what he plans to do. But, before Army band, first comes U.S. Army All American band.
"Its pretty cool. I don't even know how to put it into words," White said.
What he does know: how to put it to music.