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Tantalizing Accurate Percussions are the words often used to describe the Grant High School Drum Line. It was started in 2009, to complement the powerhouse football team that was number one in the nation at that time. Today, The Drum Line has taken over the limelight and is now the diamond of the school. The Drum Line is led by Science Teacher, James M. Van Buren, better known as, “Mr.V.” Since its inception, maintaining a program that continues to provide a safe outlet and an enrichment opportunity has been top priority. As the program has grown over the years, so too has the magnitude of the exposure. Grant Drum Line has participated in multiple local and out of town events, and performed for a variety of prestigious community leaders and politicians alike. Grant Drum Line plays annually for non-profit organizations such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Autistic Foundation for Children, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, just to name a few.

In 2014, Grant Drum Line represented the state of California at the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. That same year, the Drum Line also appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show as a guest of ABC Good Morning America host Robin Roberts. In 2016, the Drum Line perform in Japan at the Sacramento – Matsuyama sister city 35th anniversary. For both events the Drum Line had to raise over $170,000.00, and it did.

In November of 2017, the Drum Line received a dual invitation from the Mayors of Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa to perform at the 2019 American Celebration of Music. It currently needs to raise $100,000 to make that journey. Needless to say, this is an honor beyond measure.




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