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High school bands do well in first competition

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The Northview Marching Knights and the Clay City Imperial Regiment each did well in band contests on Saturday.

The Clay City High School band placed third out of nine groups, with only two points separating 1st from 3rd place.

Two of six judges ranked Clay City 1st while one judge ranked Clay City 6th, costing the school a 1st place finish.

Taylor High School, Kokomo, placed 1st with Northwestern High School, Kokomo, placing 2nd.

The next Clay City contests will be Saturday at Avon, 11:52 a.m., and Greenwood at 4:13 p.m.

As reported Monday, the Northview Marching Knights placed first this past Saturday at the Plainfield Marching Contest at Plainfield High School.

The Knights also took the "Best Music," "Best Visual'" and "Best General Effect" caption awards.

The band's 2004 production is entitled, "The Chase" and revolves around the pursuit for the contents of a silver briefcase being moved around the field by color guard members dressed in long black trench coats.

This year's show utilizes music from the movie, "The Matrix: Revolutions" and original music from Frank Sullivan. "The Chase" involves the melding of traditional acoustic marching band with the world of electronics and synthesizers. The visual elements of the show are designed by Jonathan Vanderkolff and Michael Townsend. Vanderkolff is the Emmy and Tony award-winning designer of the Broadway hit, "Blast!"

Other participants at the Plainfield contest included Greenwood High School, who placed second and took the "Best Auxiliary" award; New Castle High School, who placed third and took the "Best Percussion" award; and Decatur Central High School, who placed fourth.

Northview is under the direction of Bob Medworth and Pete Kikta, with the color guard under the direction of Ruth Ann Medworth. The band is led onto the field by drum major, Jay Burgo-Ramirez.

In the twenty-year history of the Northview Marching Knights, the band is a five-time Class B State Champion, five-time State Runner-up, and consistently ranks among the top five Class B bands in Indiana.

This coming Saturday the Marching Knights will be in competition at Greenwood at 6 p.m.

The Times appreciates Northview Band Director Bob Medworth and Clay City Band Director Kevin Reberger for supplying the above information. Times associate Karen Barnhart covered the Northview competition. Her report was in Monday's newspaper.



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