Drum Major Chelsea Whittington accepts the first-place trophy on behalf of the 155-member Northview Marching Knights Band at Plainfield on Saturday night.
By DIANE DIERKS
On Saturday night at the 28th annual Plainfield Red Pride Marching Band Festival, the Northview Marching Knights outplayed the rest of their competition to take home the first-place trophy and reinforce their reputation as one of Indiana's finest marching bands.
The Northview Knights marched onto the field at 8:41 p.m. and began their performance of "Stretch," based on the music of Michael Torke. The band's choreography featured the unique visual effect of using giant elastic bands to link members together during the performance.
As the band played, eight judges wandered in and out of formations and scored the event. There were a possible 100 total points based on visual performance, music performance and general effect. Northview scored 66.75 points, followed by the second-place New Castle Trojan Marching Band, who scored 66.5 points.
Northview was declared the winner of the Class B division and received honors for outstanding auxiliary unit, outstanding visual and outstanding general effect. Class B is the second largest division for high-school marching bands.
At the end of the competition, representatives from each band met at center field to receive final marks. Chelsea Whittington, Northview drum major, carried back a total of four trophies to fellow band members.
Other winners of the competition were: Class A - Avon Marching Black and Gold, Class C - Edgewood Marching Band, Class D - Tri-West Marching Blue Alliance. The Red Pride Marching Band of Plainfield performed an exhibition.
The 155-member Northview Marching Knights are six-time Class B State Champions and are under the direction of Bob and Ruth Ann Medworth and Rusty Bottomley.