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Northview chosen in Purdue education partnership

Friday, January 27, 2012

During a Northview High School basketball game Feb. 11, fans will be hearing even more music than usual.

Last spring, Northview High School was chosen by Purdue University in its Partners in Education program. The program gives Northview's band an opportunity to play with Purdue's band on multiple occasions.

For the February basketball game, Purdue will bring 110 students, including the Boiler Brass Pep Band, Drill Team and Golden Girl Twirlers to Northview High School.

The Boiler Brass will play with the Northview Hoops Band during the varsity basketball game including pre-game and post game.

"The bands will sit together and play songs together before the game," Northview Band Director Bob Medworth said. "During the game, the bands will take turns playing music during timeouts."

During halftime, the Purdue Twirlers will perform.

"I think the band will sound great, and people will enjoy the halftime show," Medworth said. "The two bands together will give us sounds we've never heard before in the Northview gym. Between that and the basketball game, it will be a great afternoon of entertainment."

After the basketball game, the two bands will share dinner together in the school cafeteria.

Medworth said he hopes for a big crowd that night.

"I think they'll sound great and look great," he said. "(Purdue) has an incredible amount of spirit and all kinds of fun, pep things for us to share with our crowd."

On April 10, Northview's band will travel to Purdue University to rehearse with the Purdue band directors and Purdue students.

"Even though Purdue doesn't have a school of music, the kids that are in the Purdue band are at the top of their class, good musicians and all of them are in other difficult majors but play music because they love it," Medworth said. "Those students are in the band because they love it, not because it is their major or because they have to. It's a special breed of band kids."

On April 26, the Purdue band will travel back to Northview for a combined concert.

Northview will play a few songs by themselves, Purdue will play a few songs on their own and both bands will play music together. The concert will be free to the public.

"Purdue wants to get the word out that you don't have to be a music major to keep playing your horn," Medworth said. "You don't have to be a future band director to play music and have fun.

This program shows the high school kids how much fun it can be to be in a college band, whether you are a music major or not."

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Great opportunity for Northview Students. As a former Marching Knight and traveled on my own to Purdue to be part of the 4-H band in West Lafeyette, they'll enjoy their experience. A memory that will last forever with them. Lucky kids...hats off to the Purdue students. Class acts...and I'm a Hoosier fan!

-- Posted by hoosier01 on Sat, Jan 28, 2012, at 3:29 PM

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