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SE wins Vans music grant

<p>Benjamin Piper accepts check and instruments from the Vans after receiving a grant.</p>

Benjamin Piper accepts check and instruments from the Vans after receiving a grant.

Southeastern High School’s choir is back and better than ever after a three-year absence.

In just one year of restarting, one of Southeastern’s newest staff members, Benjamin Piper, has done many great things for the choir he directs, known as The Detroit Pipes.  

Thanks to Piper, SE was one of five Detroit schools to receive Vans Gives a Band grant. The school received $10,000 worth of instruments and an additional $10,000 to use to build the program. Vans also distributed Vans book bags and water bottles to students.

“I think it was a wonderful thing that they did,” said Sophomore and choir member Trinity Moton. 

Students also appreciate having a choir again. Students are now able to participate in school concerts, shows, and field trips dedicated to their singing and song-writing talents. 

Piper has made it his duty to create a fun and safe space for students to let their creativity thrive and to let their voices be heard. 

I saw the beautiful auditorium, the beautiful choir room, so I thought I had to bring the music back,” Piper said.

Students agreed that having the choir expands their horizon. The choir also creates new friendships and bonds through music. 

Sophomore Shamiah Woods said, “I feel like this has given many students an opportunity to try something new.”


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