BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana's Grizzly Marching Band had to raise its own money this year to attend the Cat-Griz football game on Nov. 18 in Bozeman. And even some Bobcat fans chipped in.

Budget cuts meant the athletic department couldn't pay the estimated $18,000 cost for the trip to the rivalry game.

Former UM band member Bridget Stepan started a GoFundMe page on Oct. 18 that had raised just over $14,000 in less than a week. Some donations came from MSU fans.

Along with other donations, band director Kevin Griggs says he's confident the band will be able to go. The money pays for travel for 125 band members, meals and game tickets.

Band members from both universities look forward to the halftime show during which they each play and then combine to perform the final song.