Members of the band boosters recently attempted to secure grant funding during the month of June in the Pepsi Refresh Everything promotion and landed a top-10 placing, meaning the program is a finalist for a $5,000 grant. Grant winners will be announced at a later date.
Northview Band Director Bob Medworth said if the program obtains the grant money, it will be used to make repairs on the trailer and semi the program uses.
"(Both) need cleaning and rust removal," Medworth said. "The graphics and artwork need upgrading. The graphics on the semi were put on (more than a decade ago) and have started to fade. They need updated.
"The inside of the trailers do not have any shelving so we can only put in what you can put in on the floor."
Medworth said both the semi and trailer also need new coats of paint.
He added the program should learn within weeks if it is a grant recipient.
"You're a finalist until they officially approve the paperwork," Medworth said.
The band program was awarded a $25,000 grant in September 2010 to help fund guest artists, other concerts, the purchasing of musical arrangement and a soundtrack for the Winter Guard.
In addition, the program earned a $50,000 grant in January to help purchase marching band uniforms, percussion equipment, guard uniforms, cheerleading uniforms, sound equipment and a sewing machine.
On Wednesday, Medworth said the program has ordered its new uniforms for the 2011 marching band season.
"They should be here by the first of September," he said, adding the first contest the Marching Knights will compete in is set for Sept. 17.
Medworth said they ordered approximately 140 uniforms, but because of cost, were unable to purchase new hats.
Still, he said the band would have a new look this year.
"We're going to look totally different," he said, adding the new uniforms are black and silver. "(The new uniform is) less cluttered."