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Band program hosts Alumni Night

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

For the fifth year in a row, the Northview High School band program will host its Alumni Night.

The event is set to take place Saturday, Jan. 19, when the NHS boys' basketball program hosts the Evansville North Huskies.

"This is our fifth consecutive year we've hosted the event," coordinator Whitney Medworth said. "There had been some other years in the past it had happened, but now, we've turned it into an annual alumni reunion each year."

Northview Band Director Bob Medworth said he always enjoys directing past band members during the event.

"It makes it a lot of fun," he said. "It's an honor that they want to come back.

"It's also a good thing for current members to see the alumni come back and that they want to play. It's a great night for everybody. We just have a good time. It's one of those times where you get to have a good time."

Whitney told The Brazil Times each year the event has taken place, interest has grown.

"The response seems to go up each year we've done it," she said. "The past couple of years, we've had more than 100 alumni show up. We're hoping for an even bigger turnout this year."

Whitney said she and Michelle King Tracy came up with the idea a handful of years ago.

"We created the alumni night, and it has been growing for five years now," Whitney said. "Each year, we communicate to the alumni and set up the night's events. It's been fun to keep in touch with alumni this way."

Those interested in attending will be treated to a chili dinner at 5 p.m., prior to the game. The dinner will take place at the high school and was set up as a way for alumni to get together and reminisce.

"Then, if alumni would like, they can play in the band or dance with the guard alongside current NMK members," Whitney said. "We do this so the alumni and the current students have a chance to interact throughout the night.

"It's fun to see how much remains the same from alumni to current members. We also have a reserved seating section above the band in the gym if some alum would rather just watch the game and hang out."

Not only will former musicians take part, but former NMK guard members are also invited to take part in a halftime dance routine.

"Last year was the first year our alumni guard members really got involved," Whitney said. "They put together a halftime show, which they will be doing again this year. It was a great turnout a year ago, so we are really looking forward to it again."

Whitney added former guard members should take note of a few practice sessions prior to the game.

Following the game, all alumni are encouraged to travel to Coach's Timeout Bar and Grill for another social gathering.

"We encourage any alum to come spend the evening with us," Whitney said. "There are several different ways they can participate.

"It's getting pretty cool because we've really turned this into an annual event. We have quite a few alums who have been here for all five years of the event. And then, each year we get new alumni to come who haven't been before -- sometimes, even from out of state. Everyone is able to tell old stories and laugh at old jokes, and alumni from different eras can bond over the same experiences they had as members. So, it's definitely something everyone looks forward to and it's turning into a new tradition for NMK.

"We can never have too many alumni. We already have 85 confirmed alums."

Those interested in participating are encouraged to log on to Facebook at www.facebook.com/nmkband or e-mail Whitney Medworth at whitney.medworth@gmail.com.

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