East Duplin Band competing to win money for new instruments

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) A local high school band could win $100,000 for much needed new instruments, and they need as many votes as they can get in order to win.

The band students at East Duplin High School are hopeful a contest through the Manilow Music Project could win them that money.

Drum Major Reagan Harper says, "if we had more instruments and we sounded better, more people would want to join. We could be a huge band. This school is known for football, but I feel like we could be known for football and our marching band."

The band does fundraisers, but it hasn't been enough to get the students, many with years of experience, instruments at their level. Some of them still play beginner's level instruments. Those need to be replaced, as well as their marching uniforms, which are falling apart at the seems.

Teacher Tom Seaman says, "They have holes in them. A lot of them are like that. A lot of the students wear uniforms that aren't their size."

The students submitted a video on the Manilow Music Project website, and with enough votes, they can win the money for what their teacher says, keeps them motivated.

Seaman says, "They love it, they really do. There's a lot of them that band is the only reason they come to school, I think."

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