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Amateur Athlete: To Their Own Tune, North Medford's Houck and Biddle Find Success Balancing Football, Band

Through football and the school's band, North Medford's Houck and Biddle express themselves.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 8:24 AM

MEDFORD, Ore.--Tucker Houck and Joseph Biddle are two juniors on the North Medford varsity football team connected by a love for music.

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Houck is the Black Tornado's starting kicker and a member of the band's drum line.

"I started on the trombone, but I watched many videos on YouTube about drumlines and it just looked so fun and so cool," Houck said. "I watched North's drum line when I was a sixth grader and I was like, 'I want to do that.'"

Biddle is in the trenches of a young offensive line and plays the saxophone.

"My older brother started playing saxophone and so I pretty much copied him," he said.

The two are by no means the first football playing-musician hybrids. But in an era of specialization, their stories are proof that it's still possible to do both.

"They'll do sometimes half their football practice and then run out and work with the band for a while so they're all hot and sweaty. But they're out there working hard because they love both things, both football and band," said Steve Kessler, North Medford's band instructor.

Houck and Biddle are the subjects of this week's Amateur Athlete.

NewsWatch 12's Jake Garcia dives into how their two distinct passions create two different existences throughout much of their day. Then on Friday night's, it all blends into one singular performance.

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