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Band, Guard taking another shot at $25,000 Pepsi grant

Friday, July 9, 2010

Bob Medworth
Through another opportunity from the Pepsi Foundation, the Northview High School Band and Guard is in the running for a $25,000 grant.

The band, under the direction of Bob Medworth, currently stands in third place for the grant. Those interested in voting may do so by logging on to www.northviewband.org and clicking on the link. From there, users will be taken to the website www.refresheverything.com where they can vote for Northview and eight other "partners."

Even though the band was unable to receive the grant in June, Medworth said the opportunity was a blessing.

"The economy has hurt everything," he said. "But our major fundraisers, they're still as big as ever and haven't changed. They're actually growing no matter what the economy does."

Major fundraisers the band takes part in annually include the Rotary Club of Brazil's annual Fish Fry at the 4th of July Celebration, in addition to the band's yearly chicken and noodle dinner and its Top It Off silent auction.

Still, Medworth said expenses grow annually and the program's band boosters have difficulty keeping up.

"Right now, to be totally honest, the band boosters are barely breaking even," he said. "It's a struggle every year to break even and we want to grow some of our programs."

Medworth said when the program adds something, money is needed.

"The drumline needs to grow," he said, "and the jazz bands need to be doing more. Every time you add a program (you've got to have money).

"Our expenses are up and the cost of everything is up, but our revenue is not up. On top of that, the price of everything keeps going up. The same thing is true for athletics. It's the little things on the side that people don't necessarily see. That's where (the grant money) would help."

The band's Pepsi website page states it intends to use the grant money for the following:

* To purchase new music for all performances and commission original compositions for concerts,

* To fund a guest artist/clinician for the Rotary performances, the three-night Christmas Spectacular, the Pops Concert and Jazz Café,

* To purchase special music arrangements for the 2010 Northview Marching Knights,

* To provide funding to bring local elementary students to a Christmas Spectacular performance,

* To fund a Breakfast with Santa concert for local under-privileged young people,

* To fund a "side-by-side" concert with Northview musicians and local professionals,

* To purchase special music arrangements for the 2011 Indoor Percussion show,

* To provide funding for a professional soundtrack for the 2011 Winter Guard show, and

* To purchase five computers for computer-assisted music instruction.

"We want to pay some bills for this, but we want to expand our programs," Medworth said. "We can't expect to get it from the corporation. When times are tough, you can't expect them to do something for us that they can't do for other people."

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Everyone that cares about these children really needs to vote everyday!! Please!!

-- Posted by RickS on Fri, Jul 9, 2010, at 11:18 PM

Calling all the old BHS band kids to help out our new band kids !

-- Posted by Schatsie on Sat, Jul 10, 2010, at 10:16 AM

Calling all the old BHS band kids to help out our new band kids ! Come on all you drummers of the past to help out the Northview Drumline ... kinda partial to the percussionists !

-- Posted by Schatsie on Sat, Jul 10, 2010, at 10:20 AM

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