CMPD gives community-based marching band a gifted surprise

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police had a bit of a surprise at their weekly press conference Wednesday morning. They asked a community-based marching band, "Drills of Hope," to perform for the crowd.

Drills of Hope is made up of 65 kids. The founders, Robin and Anthony Woods, say its goal is to help at-risk kids stay out of trouble. The organization is based in west Charlotte and has been in existence for over twenty years.

CMPD says the group works. Officers can give you multiple stories on how the group helps save the lives of kids who don't have the money to buy their own musical equipment or transportation to get to other extra-curricular activities, but when the group shows up to help bring children to a practice and then lend them an instrument and give good coaching, it keeps the child focused and involved in something other than drugs and alcohol.

The trailer that the group depends on was recently damaged.

"They can't use a busted trailer," said CMPD spokesman Rob Tufano. "We got some of our private business partners in the community – Art Sabates and Jim Keffer to name two – along with the Burnette Nobles Fund. Together we raised $2,700 total to buy them a new trailer."

The band was so grateful that they performed right there on the spot.

Robin Woods, known as Mama Woods, said if you want more information, you can contact Officer Zoerb at the CMPD's Westover Division. The group is entirely based on donations and they're currently looking for uniforms. You can get a tax write-off.

Drills of Hope practices Mondays and Wednesdays.

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