Marvin L. Winans Academy for the Performing Arts celebrates milestone with special concert

(WXYZ) - It's hard to believe a charter school in Detroit started by a Grammy Award winning gospel singer and pastor is still going strong nearly two decades later.

We got a chance to visit this amazing school in 2006 and this week we returned as they celebrate a milestone.  

The Marvin L. Winans Academy for the Performing Arts has a lot to be proud of. In fact, it's celebrating its 18th year as a public charter school in Detroit.

Marvin L. Winans and his brothers, from humble beginnings, formed the Grammy Award winning gospel singing group known as the Winans. But this school wasn't about his stardom, instead he wanted to put a great education and dreams of the unimaginable within reach of kids in Detroit.

Years ago, three music teachers left the academy saying these kids could not be taught to play classical music.

But, they were wrong.

Kyle Dickson, 23, is a shining example of what could be. He's a graduate of the academy and now teaches music at a charter school in Detroit.

These kids are taught to dream big, whether through part of the dance curriculum, vocal music, orchestra or the band. The sounds and sights are quite impressive. David Modock has been at the academy since kindergarten. Now, he's already been accepted to college and he plays four instruments.

Boys are in suit jackets and ties and girls in skirts and the Winans Academy creed can be recited by any student on a dime.

More than 1,100 students attend the elementary, middle and high school. And where they've performed is quite impressive.
Paris, Germany, the Vatican...are just a couple of examples.  

On Friday, the academy will have a show at the music hall with special guest Grammy Award winning producer Quincy Jones.

All proceeds will keep the performing arts program alive so the great work can continue.

For more details, check out their website here:

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