The East Mecklenburg High School marching band has launched a crowdfunding campaign to get a piece of music commissioned for transgender activist Blake Brockington, who died as the result of suicide in March of last year.
Brockington was a 2014 graduate of East Mecklenburg High School and was a member of the band. He was a drum major in his junior and senior years.
The GoFundMe campaign seeks to raise $15,000 by Mar. 31. From the GoFundMe page:
Blake was a strong voice for those he felt often went unheard and was an exceptionally strong advocate for LGBT youth. While he excelled at so many things academically, musically, and athletically, he felt that he achieved so much when he was crowned as East Meck’s first transgender Homecoming King in January 2014.
We would like Blake’s spirit to live on in music; something that can be appreciated by everyone and often goes unjudged, which is how he wished he could have lived.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 to commission an artist who would be most understanding and appreciative of Blake, not only as a musician, but as an individual whose heart was open to all. We are accepting monetary donations in any denomination to help us reach our goal by May 31, 2016. We understand the urgency in this date, but our hope is that this piece can be commissioned and played by the class of 2017.
You can donate to the campaign by clicking here, or by check payable to East Mecklenburg Band Boosters with Blake Brockington’s name in the memo line and mail to East Mecklenburg High School in care of Band Director, 6800 Monroe Road Charlotte, NC 28212.