The East Duplin Band entered in the Manilow Music Project with the hopes of winning money for new instruments and uniforms. On June 19, Barry Mannilow, himself, revealed the winner live in Las Vegas. East Duplin was named the grand prize winner and will receive $100,000 for the program. Here is a quote from band director Thomas Seaman:
EAST DUPLIN HIGH SCHOOL BAND WINS $100,000!!!
I really cannot express my gratitude, with sufficient grace and appreciation, to all of those who have helped with this project. From the students who put together our video, the parents who got the word out to local news outlets, the teachers who had their classes voting daily and the greater areas of Duplin and Onslow Counties, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. It's not just the money you have helped us to win but the lives you all have touched, just by showing your support. I am completely awed at the way people came together to show their support for the East Duplin High School Band. Know that we all feel the love and well wishes that have come from around the country as well as other corners of the world. I could not be happier to be anywhere else!!