DETROIT, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Donald J. Trump and Mel Farr, Sr., announced Monday they will help members of the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts Symphonic Band to perform in Carnegie Hall next May. The band has been invited to perform next May at Carnegie Hall as part of the hall's 1998 Youth Music Debut Series. With the invitation in hand, the students have begun a drive to raise the funds they need to pay for the trip, which will have a total price tag of $61,000. Trump and Farr, who have teamed up to form the Trump Motor City Hotel Casino, Inc., said they will pledge half of that amount -- $30,500 -- to match a similar amount to be raised by the students through other sources to make their dream come true. "When I get involved in a city, I get involved all the way," Trump said in announcing the pledge. "I want to help make sure that the people of New York have the opportunity to see the kind of talent and dedication that exists at the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts. I look forward to having this fine ensemble perform at Carnegie Hall next May." Farr said the school represents "the finest Detroit has to offer. In a few short years, the faculty and students at the school have developed an arts program that is second to none, all in the context of a rigorous college preparatory course of study. We are proud to have this opportunity to be associated with these fine students and to help them to realize their dream of performing in America's most famous hall." The Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts is now in its sixth year of existence. It draws its student body on a competitive basis from throughout the city of Detroit. Its students carry a rigorous college preparatory class load while majoring in speech/drama, vocal music, instrumental music, dance, or visual arts. The Symphonic Band consistently receives superior ratings in Michigan district and state festivals and competitions. They have been invited to be a featured performing ensemble at the Midwestern Music Conference in Ann Arbor in January. They were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in the Youth Music Debut Series after auditioning for the series. The high school currently is housed in the former Wilbur Wright Elementary School building on Rosa Parks Blvd. The school has entered into a partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra that will result in the construction of a new performing arts high school next door to the home of the Detroit Symphony, Orchestra Hall. It will be the first performing arts center ever built anywhere in the nation to include a performing arts high school on its grounds.
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