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Bands gear up for regional

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Both the Northview Marching Knights and Clay City Imperial Regiment have been busy at work preparing for Indiana State School Music Association Regional performances set for this weekend.

Both county bands will perform at the Jeffersonville Regional site. Northview competes in Class B while Clay City competes in Class D.

NHS band director Bob Medworth said he feels confident the Marching Knights will do well.

"I think we will do fine as far as the contest goes," Medworth said. "My concern is how well will we play and march. We don't spend much time thinking about the competition or placings or anything. It's more about how much progress we make, which then translates to the challenge of getting 160 adolescents on the same page for five days straight."

Medworth said the Marching Knights have been adjusting their show since the beginning of the season. Heading into regional competition, things have not changed.

"We are making two major changes to the last half of the show and putting on our ending," Medworth said.

He said he felt the Knights were "prepared."

"As good as we can be, no," he added.

The Knights are scheduled to begin competition at 7:53 p.m., Saturday.

Other Class B bands competing at the regional site include Central, Plainfield, Greenfield, Jasper, Decatur, Evansville FJ Reitz, Terre Haute North, Cathedral, Mooresville, Whiteland, New Palestine, Greenwood, New Castle, Bloomington North, and Mt. Vernon.

Class B competition begins at approximately 4:38 p.m., Saturday.

Clay City band director Mark Ziegler said the Imperial Regiment will take the field at 11:52 a.m.

He added Clay City's competition is tough, but he expects the band is prepared.

"They're in a good position right now," Ziegler said. "Pretty much, our entire show is complete now."

Other Class D bands competing in Jeffersonville Saturday include Southridge, Tell City, South Knox, Perry Central, Henryville, Eastern Pekin, South Spencer, Triton Central, Monrovia, Tecumseh, Orleans, Morristown, North Posey, Paoli, Forest Park and Springs Valley.

"We're going to see some bands we haven't seen," Ziegler said. "I think the competition will be pretty intense."

Ziegler said with the show complete, the band has entered the "cleaning and perfecting" stage.

"It's a matter of refining and cleaning what we got," he said, adding the band has added some visual changes to the show this week. "There are minor changes here and there.

The top 10 bands from both the North and South Regional will advance to the semistate.

The semistate level of ISSMA Marching contests is new this year.

Ziegler said the top 10 bands, regardless of where they are in the state, will advance from the semistate to the state level. In the past, the top five bands from the regional level advanced to state competition.

"Now, it's a true top 10 at the state," Ziegler said.

The state competition will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium Nov. 1.

Admission for adults is $7 and $5 for preschool students. Programs will be free of charge.


Where is Jeffersonville?

The following are directions for those interested in attending Saturday's Indiana State School Music Association Jeffersonville Marching Regional site:

According to mapquest.com, the best route to get to Jeffersonville High School from Clay County is to take Interstate-70 to Indianapolis. From there, those traveling to regional competition would merge onto I-465/I-74 via Exit 69 toward I-465/I-74 East. Travelers then would merge onto I-65 South via Exit 53B toward Louisville. After a distance of more than 100 miles, merge onto State Road 62 East via Exit 6A toward Clark Maritime Center. Then take Exit 10A toward West Jeffersonville before merging onto East 10th St., Jeffersonville. Those heading to regional then would turn left onto Allison Lane and come to the school, located at 2315 Allison Lane, Jeffersonville.

The total distance of travel is 170.24 miles and the estimated travel time is two hours and 44 minutes.

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good luck 2 both schools

-- Posted by kd323 on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 6:40 AM

I hope you both bring home the "hardware"!

-- Posted by sassypants on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 12:20 PM

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