[The Brazil Times nameplate] Overcast ~ 53°F  
High: 58°F ~ Low: 47°F
Monday, May 2, 2016

Band, Guard to receive official word on grant

Friday, August 20, 2010

Northview High School senior Tony Allender practices the tuba during the Northview Marching Knights' practice Thursday. The Knights will officially begin the marching season Sept. 18, in a contest at Plainfield. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Sunday, Aug. 22, has been marked on Bob Medworth's calendar for a while now.

On that day, the Northview High School band director will learn if the program earned a grant from the Pepsi Foundation.

"It would be wonderful to have it," Medworth told The Brazil Times. "It will allow us to do some things that we don't do. But (if we don't get it), we're still going to have to do what we always do."

Bob Medworth
During the months of June and July, the program entered a contest through the Pepsi Foundation to possibly receive a $25,000 grant. Officials with the program scrambled during the summer months to put together a grant proposal, to do 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 the 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.

It was believed the top 10 vote getters in each category would receive grant money.

However, at the end of each cycle, the top 10 vote getters in each category were contacted by grant writers working with the Pepsi Foundation to finalize grant material in order to receive the funding.

At the end of the voting month, Northview ranked ninth with its grant proposal, "Keep the kids on the stage."

Northview's grant proposal was re-tooled and re-sent.

"The first step was to get the votes. There were 32 (in contention) each month," Medworth said. "All 32 are still listed as finalists. Nothing is official as of yet. I guess there's still a chance we will not get a grant."

After the final grant proposals were sent back to Pepsi, an extensive background check is conducted before grants are rewarded.

"I'm betting a school/band organization is pretty easy to approve," Medworth said.

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Here's keeping the fingers crossed.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Aug 21, 2010, at 12:56 AM

it took a lot of villages working together------hopefully we did it!!!

-- Posted by happysix on Sat, Aug 21, 2010, at 11:40 AM

We did!!!!!!

-- Posted by Oldone1959 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 4:16 PM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: