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NMK, others attempt to secure grant

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bob Medworth
For eight years, the Northview Marching Knights have used the same uniforms during the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) season.

NMK director Bob Medworth is hoping by this time next year, the band might have different uniforms.

The band program at Northview High School was recently accepted by Pepsi to attempt another chance for grant money.

The program is currently in the running for a $50,000 grant through Pepsi's Refresh Everything promotion.

Earlier this year, the program received a $25,000 grant from Pepsi and also took part in a commercial, which was filmed at the high school.

Medworth said grant money would be used to purchase new uniforms for the band program, guard program and cheerleaders, among other items.

NMK instructor Ruth Ann Medworth is also the school's cheerleader sponsor.

"Most uniforms are designed (to last) for seven to 10 years," Bob Medworth said. "These (uniforms) are starting to show their age. And it's time for a new look."

He said if the program earns the chance to receive grant money again, it would be used for the following items:

* $37,500 -- marching band uniforms,

* $5,000 -- percussion equipment,

* $3,500 -- guard uniforms,

* $2,500 -- cheerleading uniforms,

* $1,000 -- sound equipment, and

* $500 -- a sewing machine for uniform upkeep.

"Some of the (percussion equipment) we're using was here when I got here in 1977," Medworth said. "They're really old and they just don't work as well anymore."

Like before, the program joined an alliance hoping to earn more votes in the long run.

"We knew it was going to be harder every month," Medworth said. "There are more national organizations (vying for grants). We knew this was going to be a challenge."

As of Sunday, the program ranked 18th among those pursuing grants. The top 10 qualify.

To vote for the program, log on to www.refresheverything.com/keepthekidsont.... In addition, voting may also take place daily via text message by sending a text to 73774 and placing 103899 in the subject header. Voting may also take place for those with accounts on Facebook.

Voting for the current cycle of grants ends Tuesday, Nov. 30.

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Some of the percussion instruments were being used at Brazil High School as far back as 1973 and it was old then. Support this worth while group!!!

-- Posted by Oldone1959 on Sun, Nov 21, 2010, at 9:11 PM

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