GM foundation to help send Cass Tech band to the nation's capitol

General Motors Foundation gives $25,000 to help Detroit marching band perform at Presidential Inauguration

Published On: Jan 10 2013 05:01:09 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 10 2013 05:01:41 PM EST
DETROIT -

The General Motors Foundation is giving $25,000 to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation to help the Cass Technical High School marching band perform in the upcoming Presidential Inauguration Festival at in the nation’s capital.

After a fundraising effort the band was still short money needed to make the trip. 

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"We just had to help," said GM Foundation President and GM Director of Corporate Relations Vivian Pickard. "An experience like this will stay with these students for a lifetime."

This is the first trip to Washington D.C. for the Cass Tech marching band.

The 57 students will perform at the University of Maryland and visit both Howard and Morgan Universities to try out for college scholarships. 

"We can't thank the General Motors Foundation enough for their generous gift," said DPS Emergency Financial Manager Roy S. Roberts. "Our dedicated musicians will not only play their hearts out, they will experience our government in action."

The band will also attend the historic inaugural parade.

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Since 1805, Presidents have parading down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House after their inauguration.

"We are humbled that the GM Foundation and many generous community members have stepped up to help make this dream a reality," said Cass Tech Principal Lisa Phillips. "The band members couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity to represent their state while learning about their country."

The GM Foundation says they are committed to revitalizing Detroit, and they support education initiatives at key institutions and programs that give students with access to cultural activities.

In 2012, the Foundation gave nearly $20 million to support educational initiatives across the country. 

Foundation members say they will continue the commitment to education in the local community and across the nation in 2013.