BHHS marching band makes finals in Tigers contest

By: Mike Koury | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 15, 2016


BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bloomfield Hills High School marching band has been selected as one of 10 finalists to perform the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers game.

In addition to playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a Tigers game on Saturday, April 9, the winning band also will be given a $5,000 grant for its program.

Band Director Alan Posner said the band was very excited about making the top 10. They shot their video a couple of times before feeling they had a good submission to send in.

“The kids were very excited about it,” he said. “The fact that we would be able to showcase our talent, be able to go out there at a high-visibility event like a Tigers game, would be really fun and a cool way to perform one of the most important pieces we perform every year.”

Posner said the band has many needs that a $5,000 grant would definitely help.

“The school does help us out with some things, but we do have a separate booster program to help out with other needs, like buying instruments and attending festivals,” he said. “Just being able to do things like that a little more easily would be helpful.”

Comerica Bank spokesperson Kathy Pitton said the finalists for the contest were chosen based on their performances of their video submissions, as well as how the band’s sound would translate to Comerica Park.

“We’re always looking for ways to support the community,” she said. “In each case … it’s a way of giving back to the community.”

Pitton said the grant is the bank’s way of supporting local bands in the state, as some schools might have trouble raising money or not have a big budget for a musical program.

“School budgets are tight,” she said. “So it’s a way of helping a music program at a local school.”

People can vote for their favorite school at mericacares under the tab “March the Park Contest,” where they can watch the submissions for Bloomfield Hills and the other nine finalists. The voting period ends Sunday, March 20.