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Band alumni night slated

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bob Medworth
In what has become a yearly tradition, basketball fans will receive a special treat from the Northview High School band program Friday, Jan. 8.

The NHS boys' basketball squad will play host to Owen Valley that evening in a boy/girl doubleheader.

And NHS band alumni will be performing with members of the current band.

NHS band director Bob Medworth said the program has conducted Alumni Night off and on throughout the years.

"Last year, we made a pretty big deal out of it," Medworth said. "We tried to make it more of a special event.

"We invite former band members to come back and perform if they want to. They all come back occasionally. Some of them I haven't seen in a long time. There almost wasn't enough room last year for the whole band and alumni. It gets pretty crowded."

As it turns out, trying to make a bigger deal out of Alumni Night paid off. Medworth said close to 25 former band members showed up to the game last year and performed with the band.

"We try to have it around Christmas break so the college kids can come back," Medworth added.

In addition to Alumni Night, Medworth said a luncheon has been scheduled for former band members on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Coach and Cleaters Timeout Sports Bar.

Medworth added organizers hoped to get in touch with the program's former drum majors.

"We thought that would be cool," he said. "If everybody came back, I think it would be 27 people."

Medworth said he has been contacted by at least 10 former drum majors who plan to attend the event.

"I haven't started climbing the bushes just yet," Medworth said of reaching former members. "But we've sent out e-mails and posted on Facebook."

Another former member, Brad Levy, has already contacted Medworth saying he would be back for the event.

Levy graduated from Northview in 1992 and currently plays trumpet professionally in the Chicago area.

Medworth said the musician will conduct a clinic for students in the day prior to the game and will also give out private lessons. He also plans to perform with the band in the evening.

"That's something to look forward to," Medworth said. "To have that caliber of musician, come back."

Medworth said having all the former members come back to perform always makes the evening special.

"It's fun to have extra people in the band," he said. "It's good (for current band members) to see the older ones come back. It's nice to show the kids that the alumni care enough to come back.

"That's a lot of fun. That's the best part, (to see) kids you spent four years with. It's fun to see them come back and catch up. Some of them are still active musicians and they are a lot better, of course, than they were in high school."

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And of course some of us are now band boosters, with our own children involved. This is a wonderful program and Bob and Ruthann put alot of blood, sweat, and tears into it. And it should say something when the alumni WANT to return.

-- Posted by PDL on Sun, Jan 3, 2010, at 8:57 PM

what time is the luncheon on Saturday?

-- Posted by sjl92 on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 8:54 AM


I get it!

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 11:16 AM

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