Barry Manilow - Barry Manilow Vows To Continue Supporting Tornado-struck High School

Veteran entertainer Barry Manilow has pledged to "do more" to help teachers and staff at a Missouri high school continue their recovery after the building was destroyed by tornadoes in 2011.

The singer donated $300,000 (£187,500)-worth of instruments to the music department at Joplin High School via his non-profit organisation, the Manilow Music Project, and he was reunited with the student marching band and their director Rick Castor via video-calling service Skype during an interview with U.S. talk show host Katie Couric, which aired on Wednesday (23Jan13).

Publicly thanking the star for his help and support, Castor said, "It's been wonderful, we've had a great season the last two years. We've had a lot of support from all over the world, especially Barry Manilow... He's an amazing person and we really appreciate it."

The Mandy hitmaker was so moved by the internet meet-up, he vowed to step up his aid efforts for the school.

He told Couric, "It was very gratifying and I wish I could do more, and I will. It's good to see everyone and I'm so glad that it (his efforts) worked."

During the show, Manilow was also serenaded with a rendition of his popular track Copacabana on the trumpet.


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Barry Manilow is such an amazing person and gives so much back to those music classes that need help. The Manilow Music Project is just 1 of the best things that Barry started years ago now. Thanks to his help and others the schools that do need musical instruments are finally saving their music classes. These kids in the choir, band, etc. are now able to have one of the most precious gifts of all and that is music. Thank-you Barry! Meaningfulc70

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