Cass Tech and King High win Battle of the Bands competition

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Cass Technical and King high school marching bands will be featured in America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after winning the top two spots in the DPS/McDonald’s Battle of the Bands today.

Cass secured the top spot while King High came in second.

Six Detroit Public Schools marching bands participated in the DPS/McDonald’s Battle of the Bands at 11 a.m. at Hart Plaza, kicking off a fundraiser for music programs in DPS.

“Detroit Public Schools has a rich musical legacy, which is alive and well throughout the district,” said Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. “We are increasing our commitment to the arts with the creation of elementary-level arts programs that will prepare students for entry into the Detroit School of Arts, including instructional, practice and/or new performance space in several of the schools that are being renovated or newly built under the $500.5 million bond program.

“We are pleased to have the support of McDonald’s as we further our commitment to providing music education in our schools,” Bobb added.

McDonald’s hosted the event by coordinating logistics, school transportation and meals for the Battle of the Bands, as well as providing prize money for the participating bands and seed money for the fundraising campaign to support music education in Detroit Public Schools.

Cass and King will participate in America’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thurs., Nov. 25.

“We are thrilled once again to have top bands from DPS perform in the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Tony Michaels, President and CEO of The Parade Company. “This will put the students on a great stage and give them tremendous exposure on TV and in front of the large crowds that attend the parade each year.”

The participating bands were from: Cass Technical High School, Detroit School of Arts High School, Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, Mumford High School, Renaissance High School and Western International High School.

The musicians were joined by majorettes, dancers and color guard and each band was judged on their marching, alignment and sound. The event concluded with a showdown by each band performing three songs and a unified grand finale.

Music directors from Michigan State University, Grand Valley University and Wayne State University judged the competition.

“Education is a priority for McDonald’s. As local business owners, we are passionate about supporting our neighbors and providing resources in our community which enable our youth to succeed in school and in life,” said Melvin Jones, Detroit McDonald’s owner/operator. “We are proud to support music education in the Detroit Public Schools and are excited the DPS/McDonald’s Battle of the Bands will positively impact so many students. We hope to help change lives and perhaps launch the careers of world-class musicians.”

Academic studies have demonstrated that music study develops skills vital to success in school and in the workplace, underscoring the importance of supporting music programs.

“Money spent on one’s education is an investment that truly pays big dividends,” said Jones. “We encourage individuals and other businesses in metro Detroit to join McDonald’s in donating money to support music education in Detroit Public Schools.”

A special Website,, has been set up to accept donations to the DPS/McDonald’s Battle of the Bands. The Detroit Public Schools Foundation is pleased to partner with Detroit Public Schools and McDonald’s to raise funds for DPS band and music programs. Donations also can be made by check to Detroit Public Schools Foundation, please write Battle of the Bands in the note section and send the check to Detroit Public Schools Foundation, 18th Floor, Fisher Building, 3011 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan 48202.

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About the Detroit Public Schools Foundation
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supporting Detroit students. Our mission is to raise, manage and steward funds and other resources
to support value-added programs and activities for the benefit of the Detroit Public Schools and its
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