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Knights second in state finals

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Members of the Northview Marching Knights perform “Musical Chairs,” at the Indiana State School of Marching Association Class B State Finals Saturday. The Knights finished second in their class.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Northview High School Marching Knights finished their season as state runner-ups at the ISSMA finals on Saturday.

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.

Northview senior Trisha Turner works through her routine during the Marching Knights’ state final performance Saturday.
The performance was intense, and the color guard worked hard to move the chairs away from the band.

“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.

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Way to go Knights!! You all deserve chairs for a great performance.

-- Posted by andypflueger on Sun, Oct 21, 2007, at 8:26 PM

Alexis I'm so proud of!!!!!!!!!!!!!You were awesome Saturday! There is always next year! Mello's ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE YOU! Mom

-- Posted by Alexis'smom on Sun, Oct 21, 2007, at 8:44 PM

i thought the dome rocked when the knights went on the floor. i think like medworth said he could have got a higher rating like the number one school.the knights show was a lot more challenging and alot more fun to watch.i want to thank mr. medworth for all his time and hard work he does with our kids. i know my grandaughter loves band and everything about it. next year we can give it our best again.everyone done a great job.keep up the good work you are number one to the people here in brazil. go knights we love you

-- Posted by grandma knight on Sun, Oct 21, 2007, at 9:45 PM

Congratulations to the Northview Marching Knights and thanks to Bob, Ruth Ann, Rusty and staff for all their hard work and dedication. The show was simply amazing!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by 5longyears on Mon, Oct 22, 2007, at 5:55 PM

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