West Marion band submits video for $100K grant

West Marion band submits video for $100K grant

FOXWORTH, MS (WDAM) - The West Marion High School Band is hoping pop music legend Barry Manilow will give them $100,000. Band members entered a video into a contest sponsored by the singer’s Manilow Music Project.

The goal is to provide $100,000 worth of equipment and uniforms to a deserving high school music program.

Online votes help determine which school gets the cash. At last report, West Marion was in sixth place out of 72 schools entered.

“I feel like the money would give us the advantage we need to get to the next level and have us where we need to be,” said Madison Myers, one of the band students who produced the video.

She also appears in it.

“We’re in the number six right now and just getting that far up in small town Columbia, MS, I think is incredible,” said C. J. Barnes, another band student who is in the video.

Barry Manilow himself will choose the winning school, no matter what the vote totals are.

The band should know by mid-May if they’ve won the contest.

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