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Refresh Project awards band $25,000 grant

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bob Medworth
It took two months, but efforts put together by the Northview High School band program have worked out.

NHS Band Director Bob Medworth announced Monday afternoon the program had received a $25,000 grant through the Pepsi Foundation as part of its Refresh Project.

In a nutshell, the band program has been "refreshed."

Medworth told The Brazil Times although he was under the impression he would find out if the program would receive grant money by Sunday, he didn't find out until approximately 11 a.m., Monday.

"It's a huge relief," Medworth said. "It's like finally, it actually happened. From the very beginning, we thought it was too good to be true that we might have a chance.

"As you get older, you tend to believe it when you see it."

Medworth said he was informed the program could receive half of the grant money by next week. The remaining amount would be handed to the program in February.

The top 10 in each category through the project had the chance to receive grant money. The program had attempted to earn grant money in the month of June but did not earn enough votes.

In July, however, the program joined a group of others -- or an alliance -- vying for grant money and placed ninth overall with its proposal, "Keep The Kids On The Stage."

"The voting was so close that last night in July," Medworth said.

After learning they had placed in the top 10 in their category, the program's final grant proposal was sent to grant writers to be re-tooled and then were sent to Pepsi for final approval.

Following extensive background checks, the grant recipients were finally notified.

The grant money is intended to help with 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.

Medworth said despite receiving the grant money, the program will not cease with other projects.

"The only nervous (feeling) is some people will think that we won't have to work hard in other projects," he said. "We will still do other projects. It's not going to be a year of free sailing, although it takes off some of the pressure."

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Congratulations on the pay-off on all of the work!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 12:58 AM

Way to go NMK!! It's a great day in the neighborhood!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 11:41 AM

Congratulations to NMK!! And kudos to Bob Medworth and our community for voting. Let us vow to continue to support our youth.

-- Posted by Weems on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 9:15 PM

Good work! It was touch & go there for a while.

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 10:05 PM

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