Friday, August 8, 2008

Detroit High School Band Plays @ Olympics: We're SO Proud!

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School Symphonic and Marching Band is one of only five US High School Bands selected to perform at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing China beginning on August 8. The band and its Director, Mrs. Victoria Miller, have worked extremely hard to make this trip possible.

The entire trip, costing about $477,000, is being financed by private funds and donations from the Detroit Metroplex Community. The fundraising was coordinated with the help of several Detroit corporations, including the Michigan First Credit Union; no public funding was used or available.

Members of the band also sold candy (I bought lots of my fav--M&Ms!), had car washes, and held performance shows around the region to raise money. Churches, community groups, large and small businesses, and thousands of individual Detroit residents and metro citizens stepped up to help our nationally renowned hometown band put a wonderful, beautiful, and proud "face" on Detroit on the world stage.
Set those DVRs, Detroit! Be proud and happy! Regular (albeit super-special) kids from a public high school in the City of Detroit will be marching with heads high in Beijing! Word.

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