Martin Luther King, Jr. Band is a winner in “Glee Give a Note Contest”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School Band Program to Receive $10,000 to Support Music

Detroit, Michigan  (December 15, 2011) – The MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL BAND was announced as one of the winners in the “Glee Give a Note Contest” presented by Twentieth Century Fox Television, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and its new Give a Note Foundation. The “Glee Give a Note” campaign, started over 3 months ago, will distribute $1 million to 73 schools nationwide in grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to help save struggling music programs.

“As Principal of Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, I could not be more honored to serve a more dynamic group of musically talented students,” said Principal Dr. Deborah Jenkins. “Mrs. Miller, the Band Director, and her staff put in countless hours and personal resources to provide the best music program possible.”

Student teacher, Mr. Blanchard said, “I can’t believe we really won.  It’s really amazing.  Ms. Miller has so much faith. She never gives up.”

When the award was announced to the band, the students were amazed.  The school’s goal in applying for this award was twofold: to purchase track suits and polo shirts for performances and to jumpstart fundraising efforts to go to London, England to perform at the Olympics in the summer of 2012.

Students at King were among thousands across the country who created submissions in video form during an open call for entries in September. In October, the eligible entries were posted on and put up for public vote for one month. During this time, students conducted massive grass roots efforts to win votes for their schools, reaching out to their families, friends and communities to get the vote out.  Word quickly spread through Facebook, Twitter and local newsletters and over one million votes were cast to help choose the finalists.  A panel composed of NAfME members conducted a final round of judging and, together with the public vote, determined the winning programs.

“We are so grateful for this award,” Band Director Victoria Miller said.   “It just shows that what we teach the students is true: Dreams, hard work, determination, belief in self and others really do result in good things.”

“Music education plays such a critical role in the development of our children, yet its place in our schools is not assured due to dire budget situations across the nation,” said Michael A. Butera, executive  director of the National Association for Music Education. “Bold and generous acts, like FOX’s Glee Give a Note campaign, validate its importance and bring a sense of hope to thousands of educators and students.  We are deeply grateful for the funding and awareness this campaign has created.”

To see a list of all the winning schools and view the submissions, visit  Glee: The Complete Second Season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13th and $1 from  every sale went towards the Glee Give A Note campaign.  Glee: The Concert Movie releases in stores on Blu-ray, DVD and 3D Blu-ray December 20.


National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, NAfME serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. NAfME’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.

In June 2011, NAfME launched Give a Note Foundation, a social advocacy organization dedicated to bringing renewal to America’s embattled music education programs.  The mission is to expand and increase music education opportunities for all children, especially those in low-wealth and underserved areas of America.  Through strategic partnerships and grassroots campaigns, Give a Note Foundation connects musicians, teachers, administrators, students, policymakers, and community members, and empowers them to fight for music education in children’s lives.

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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