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State Bound!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Northview's Jessica Reames leads the flute section during a recent Marching Knights' practice. Northview is scheduled to march last at the Indiana State School Marching Association's Class B State Finals at the RCA Dome Saturday.
Bob Medworth and his staff have been in this situation before.

Senior, junior and sophomore members of the Northview Marching Knights have also been there before as well.

But the freshmen haven't.

Northview trumpet players (from left)?Adam Rice and Matt Williams work on music.
For the 23rd time in 24 years, Northview has advanced to the Indiana State School Marching Association State Marching Band Finals.

Still, Medworth believes the frosh class will be ready for Saturday's performance.

"I think, I don't know if the kids have really tapped into the fact that it's 23 out of 24 years," Medworth said. "As freshmen, a lot of them don't realize the gravity of what we're trying to do here."

The Marching Knights advanced to the state finals last weekend after placing among the top five Class B bands at the Terre Haute Regional. Since becoming a school, Northview has won six state titles. Medworth also won a state title at Brazil High School.

The last time the Knights didn't advance to the state finals was 1986. Northview's last state title came in 2004. Last year, NHS finished in a tie with Decatur Central for second place as Greenwood captured the title.

Now, the Knights begin the process of cleaning up their show, "Musical Chairs," for the state finals performance.

"We're not going to change anything," Medworth said Monday. "We're going to practice and get better."

Medworth said in the past, the Marching Knights have spent the week prior to state finals tweaking the show, making a few adjustments here and there. However, this year is different as the band plans on perfecting what Medworth calls "one of the best shows" the Knights have ever had.

"I think the show is one of the best shows we've ever had," he said. "But we're not doing it well enough yet. We've got to march better and play better.

"It's a good show. It's not the best show of all time. There's things we would change if we could go back to June. But it's more high velocity movement."

He said the Knights will practice every night this week rather than sticking to normal procedure, which does not include a five-day practice.

"This is the only week of the season when we practice every night," he said.

In addition, Medworth said the Knights will run through a 45-minute practice session Saturday prior to leaving for Indianapolis for the state finals, which will take place at the RCA Dome.

"We don't want to change that routine," he said.

Northview is the final band scheduled to compete in Class B competition Saturday. The Knights will take the field at 11:57 a.m.

Medworth said competing last in Class B could be in Northview's favor.

"When you go after people, at least we think, they've (the judges have) seen other people," he said. "I'd rather be in that position than go early. I think most people would rather go last. We've been first or second the last couple of years."

Class B competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with a performance from Jasper. Other bands competing in Class B include DeKalb, Decatur Central, New Castle, Goshen, Plainfield, Concord, Greenwood and Northridge.

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Best of luck to Bob, Ruthann and the kids! I remember how awesome it was to have the door slide up and you saw the white roof of the "dome" I get chills!

-- Posted by bnett on Thu, Oct 18, 2007, at 6:53 AM

Way to go knights. I had the pleasure of being in the marching knights from fall of 87 tillspring of 91. We had a great time and it was challenging. Medworth is hard on his students but its worth it. He just wants the best possible results for each of his students. Thanks Mr. Medworth for instilling that value into our children and to the rest of us who had the pleasure of learning from you.

-- Posted by angeldolphin1973 on Thu, Oct 18, 2007, at 1:37 PM

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