JEFFERSONVILLE -- Both the Northview Marching Knights and Clay City Imperial Regiment advanced to Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) semistate action after receiving gold ratings at the Jeffersonville Regional.
The Knights, competing in Class B, were one of 12 bands to earn gold status. Of those 12, 10 will head to the Class B Semistate, which will take place at Warren Central High School.
The other bands heading to the semistate are Plainfield, Greenfield-Central, Jasper, New Palestine, Greenwood, New Castle Chrysler, Bloomington North, Whiteland and Mt. Vernon (Fortville).
Also receiving a gold rating were Evansville Central and Decatur Central.
F.J. Reitz, Evansville North, Cathedral and Mooresville also competed at the regional, but all received silver ratings.
Northview band director Bob Medworth said the scores between the top three bands at the regional were very close.
"Any success (Saturday) does not automatically translate to success the next two weeks," he said. "We still have a long, long way to go and are no where near performing our show well enough."
The semistate is new to marching band this year. The top 20 bands in each class will compete at one of four state semistate sites for the right to compete at the state finals, which will take place Nov. 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Clay City also competed at Jeffersonville.
The Imperial Regiment was one of 14 bands to receive a gold rating at the regional Saturday. Of those 14 bands, 10 will compete at the Franklin Community High School Semistate Saturday in Class D.
Along with Clay City, Springs Valley, Southridge, Tell City, South Knox, Forest Park, Eastern (Pekin), South Spencer, Triton Central, Morristown, Monrovia, North Posey, Orleans and Paoli all received gold ratings.
Of those bands, Springs Valley, Southridge, Clay City, Forest Park, Eastern (Pekin), Morristown, Monrovia, North Posey, Orleans and Paoli all will compete at semistate.
Perry Central, Henryville and Tecumseh also competed at the regional, coming away with silver ratings.
Class A bands will perform semistate competition at Ben Davis High School while Class C bands will compete at Pike High School.