Imagine being 15 years old in a Drum Line that has been invited to perform at one of the most prestigious events in your city and showing up only to be reminded that you come from one of the most poverty stricken and crime infested areas of that city. What would you do? You would do what Grant Drum Line T.A.P. did; take the stage and perform at such an amazing breath taking level that it leaves the entire audience mesmerized and wanting more. That’s what happened in 2011, when the Grant High School Drum line was invited to perform at the Jammies (a classical music event put on by the Sacramento News and Review, The Sacramento Kings, and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra). Back then the Drum Line used safety pins to hold up the hems of their aged uniforms, and clothes hangers to hold together the drum harness.
The Drum Line was founded in 2009 as an extra curriculum program to give students the opportunity to tap into their musical nature while simultaneously avoiding getting into trouble. Since then the program has grown, so too has the magnitude of exposure. Grant Drum Line T.A.P. has performed at numerous events and for global leaders (Mayor Kevin Johnson, Manuel Valls the prime minister of France, and the Dalai Lama), The Drum Line plays annually for non-profit organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and The Make a Wish Foundation. In 2015 the Drum Line performed at the National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC, and appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show with ABC’s Good Morning America Host Robin Roberts. Needless to say, The Grant Drum Line has surpassed the intended goal of just keeping students out of trouble, it has brought them national recognition, and it is a testament to all that hard work pays off.
Recently, the Drum Line has been invited to perform in Matsuyama Japan at the 35th anniversary of the sister city agreement between Sacramento and Matsuyama. Grant High School and Matsuyama Commercial High School are also sister schools. In 2006 they joined forces and October will mark their 10th anniversary so the Drum Line will be there to perform for two events. With each opportunity to perform come financial obstacles. Coming from a low-income neighborhood doesn’t provided The Drum Line with a luxurious budget or lavish donations that other programs may receive. In order to maintain, the Drum Line relies heavily on volunteers and the director often pays for all the expenses out of his own pocket. While the Drum Line takes pride in keeping the program afloat, going to Japan is far beyond its affordability. With a calculated cost of $80,000.00 to cover purchases of new uniforms, travel for 26 people (Drummers, and Chaperones), by airplane, motor coach, and ferry boat, shipping instruments, and lodging expenses, The Drum Line needs your help to make this dream come to fruition. Donations will be greatly appreciated. Please support Grant Drum Line on their trip to Japan.