The artist donated $300,000 worth of instruments to the music program. Today, the JHS band thanked Manilow with a giant banner and a solo performance of "Copa Cabana."
"It was really cool. It was a lot of pressure because I had to play his song for him and everybody in the country knows that song. It was a really big honor to be able to do that for him," states Emily Watson, JHS Senior.
You can catch Katie Couric's interview with Manilow and the Joplin High School band on January 23 at 2:00 p.m.