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A memorable season

Monday, October 22, 2007

Northview freshman Taylor Hanson reacts after hearing the Marching Knights placed second at the Indiana State School Music Association State Finals at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis Saturday.
Although the season officially ended Saturday, it will be difficult for staff and students of the Northview Marching Knights to forget 2007.

“This (season) was one of the more fun ones we’ve had,” NHS band director Bob Medworth said. “It just seemed to be, as I think back, that any traumas we had were just about the show or figuring out the music.

“The kids seemed to have fun. They were ready to come in and work.”

The Marching Knights’ season concluded Saturday with a second-place finish in Class B at the Indiana State School Marching Association State Finals, which took place at the RCA Dome.

Greenwood was the eventual winner.

Coming in third was Concord, followed by Goshen, Plainfield, Jasper, DeKalb, New Castle, Northridge and Decatur Central.

“I think the older (the students) were, they were upset,” Medworth said of placing second overall. “They knew they had performed very well and they were very aware they weren’t going to do it again.”

Medworth said after placing second Saturday, the Marching Knights returned home and immediately watched a videotape of the performance.

“When we came back (Saturday), what hit home to me was we were really darn good,” he said. “There was a lot in the show. But it didn’t hurt us, as far as performing. I think (the students) handled it pretty well.”

The Marching Knights have spent several months working on “Musical Chairs,” their show for the season.

But now that the season is over, what will they do? The students and staff have been practicing the same drill for several months and many will miss that daily grind.

“(The staff) is a good bunch of people that work hard, even though it’s a tremendous amount of time,” Medworth said. “We enjoy doing it. We like practice too. It’s fun to practice.”

Medworth said there plenty left to be done. He said the band has its upcoming Christmas Spectacular, to go along with Winter Guard, Winter Drumline, Pep Band and Jazz Band.

Still, he said there is always a lull following marching band season.

“We’ll let it sit for a day or two, but we’ve got to start planning (for next season),” he said.

He added the staff will start formulating plans for the 2008 season probably right after Christmas.

Medworth said the Marching Knights will lose more than 30 seniors to graduation this year and those seniors will be missed.

“They know what it’s about,” he said. “They seemed to enjoy going at it.

“They were like a lot of senior classes. They’re active.”

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The Northview Marching Knights were "really darn good" all right. Mr. Medworth is probably too humble to say it; but, I would go so far as to say they were terrific! It was performed with enthusiasm and grace. As far as I am concerned, it was an A#1 performance.

The hard work by everyone involved--teachers and students was very obvious. And, I am very proud to say that my grandson is a member of the Northview Marching Knights!

-- Posted by Kari on Tue, Oct 23, 2007, at 3:07 PM

I appreciate the way the Times has covered the Clay County marching bands. Both bands are a credit to our community and are to be congratulated. They both work very hard and the shows were something of which to be proud. So thank you and thank the great kids that make up our bands.

-- Posted by halbertst on Wed, Oct 24, 2007, at 7:13 AM

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