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This time of yearPosted Thursday, October 30, 2008, at 5:17 PM
It never fails.
This time of year, I always seem to reminisce.
I always think back to my four years in high school band.
Those four years were a lot of fun.
Every year, around this time, even when I didn't work here, I couldn't help but see how both Northview and Clay City were doing in marching band.
State finals appearances are about as frequent in Clay County, musically speaking, as taking a trip to the grocery store.
It happens a lot.
I had the opportunity to interview both Clay City and Northview band directors recently as the two bands prepare for the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Marching Finals, set to take place Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.
It always reminds me of those four years.
I didn't get the chance to go to state finals.
My freshman year in high school was the first year for a new band director. The high school band I was in was in shambles.
He turned it around in one year. We made it to the regional round all four years while I was in high school but couldn't get to state.
I was off to Indiana University in 1991 and guess what? Owen Valley advanced to the state finals.
I was at Indiana State University in 1993 and guess what? Owen Valley wins the state title. The same year as Clay City and Northview.
What an interesting thing. Three bands. Three state titles. All within 30 miles of each other.
And I missed it.
I always wanted to go to state finals. It would have been really cool to march at the RCA Dome.
So this is just a reminder for the students in both bands. Cherish Saturday. Have a blast. And remember one thing. Winning or losing is really irrelevant.
What's important is the experience. Honestly, how many times are you going to be able to step foot on the field at Lucas Oil? How many more times will you suit up and march in front of more than 1,000 fans?
Just have a great time and everyone will be proud. No matter what the outcome is.
Wear that uniform with pride. Play that instrument like you've never played it before. March like you're walking on air.
But most important, have a great time.
Remember these experiences.