Four years ago, Grant High School founded the Drumline with the ambition to give students the opportunity to tap into their musical nature while simultaneously engaging them in extra curricular involvements. Since then, maintaining a program that can continue to provide a safe outlet and an enrichment opportunity has been the top priority. As the program has grown over the years, so too has the magnitude of the exposure. Grant’s Drumline has participated in multiple local and out of town events, and has performed for a variety of prestigious community leaders and politicians alike. The Drumline has performed for the Sacramento Kings, events for Sacramento’s Mayor Kevin Johnson, and for the Sacramento News and Review (it won the SN&R Sammies in 2013). The Drumline plays annually for non-profit organizations such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Autistic Foundation for Children, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation just to name a few.
On May 7th, we were informed by the National Selection Committee that we have been invited to represent California at the National Independence Day Parade in WashingtonD.C. We have been asked to perform in this annual event by the United States House of Representatives. Needless to say, this is an honor beyond measure, and it is our most notable invitation to date. Not only is this a remarkable opportunity, but earning this invite is also a testament to all the hard work our students have done.
With each opportunity to perform come financial obstacles. Rooted in one of the most economically challenged, and crime infested cities in the nation, all of the students manage to stay academically and musically focused on their goal to attend college. Coming from a low-income neighborhood doesn’t provide us with a luxurious budget or lavish donations that other programs may receive. In order to maintain, we rely heavily on volunteers, and the director often pay for all of the expenses out of his own pocket. While the Drumline takes pride in keeping the program afloat, this next endeavor is far beyond its range of affordability.
With a calculated cost of $90,000 to cover purchase of new uniforms, travel for 40 to 50 attendees (Drummers, Pacerettes, and Chaperones) by airplane and motor coach, instrument shipping, and lodging expenses, we need your help to make this dream come to fruition. Donations will be greatly appreciated. Please support us on our road to the Whitehouse.