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Donald J. Trump and Mel Farr, Sr., announced on Monday that they will be helping members of the Detroit High School for the Symphonic Band of Fine and Performing Arts to perform in Carnegie Hall next May.
With the invitation in hand, the students started a drive to raise funds for the trip, which will have a total price tag of $61,000. Trump and Farr, who teamed up to form the Trump Motor City Hotel Casino, Inc., said they would pledge half of that amount-$30,500-to match the same amount that students would raise through other sources to make their dream come true.
“I get involved in a city all the way, “Trump said in announcing the pledge. ” I want to help ensure that the people of New York have the opportunity to see the kind of talent and dedication that exists at Detroit High School for Fine and Performing Arts. I look forward to the performance of this fine ensemble in Carnegie Hall next May. “Farr said the school is “the best Detroit has to offer. It draws its student body from all over Detroit on a competitive basis. Its students carry a rigorous preparatory class load while they concentrate on speech, drama, vocal music, instrumental music, dance or visual arts.
In Michigan district and state festivals and competitions, the Symphonic Band consistently receives superior ratings. They were invited to perform at the Midwestern Music Conference in Ann Arbor in January as a featured ensemble. After auditioning for the series, they were invited to perform in the Youth Music Debut Series at Carnegie Hall.
The high school is currently housed in the former Wilbur Wright Elementary School building on Rosa Parks Blvd. The school has partnered with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to build a new high school for performing arts next to the home of the Detroit Symphony, the Orchestra Hall. It will be the first performing arts center to include a high school for performing arts on its premises anywhere in the nation.