The Knights were the last Class B band to perform in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
Fans cheered from different levels and sections of the dome when the band marched onto the field.
“I thought it was pretty good,” Band Director Bob Medworth said.
Medworth said he felt the music was pulled apart in some areas because it was difficult to hear each other in the dome.
The Knights, who tied for second last year, were beaten by Greenwood High School, their rivals.
Greenwood performed “A Day Out of the Ordinary.”
Goshen High School took third, with a show called “Stand.”
This year’s seniors won the state competition their freshman year, and some were in tears after falling short of first.
“We knew how it felt,” senior Colleen Barr said.
“All seniors you miss, but this bunch has a great attitude. They represent what band’s about,” Medworth said about this year’s graduating class.
The band has been practicing for three hours a night for the past week in preparation for Saturday’s contest.
When he would ask the band if they needed a break from water, half the band would yell “No!” and say that it was a waste of time.
“Physically, it was really hard,” Barr said.
Barr also said the performance was mentally draining, too.
“I hope it’s a healthy disappointment. Not sore losers, not sour grapes, but healthy disappointment,” Medworth said.
The performance included difficult music from shows like “Carmen” paired with quick movement.
Medworth said, although the band could have played it safe to earn a higher rating, performing challenging shows was more fun.
“The kids seem pretty happy,” Medworth said. “But it still stinks.”
“Overall, it was a blast,” Barr said.
Barr said that performing in the dome gave her “major butterflies.”
Although the seniors may have completed their high school marching band careers, the experience will stay with them.
Barr said that she was shy before joining the Marching Knights, but the experience has opened her up.
“It’s made me what I am today,” she said.