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Northview, Clay City going to state

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Even a new format couldn't keep a Clay County high school band out of the state finals.

The Northview Marching Knights advanced to the Indiana State School Music Association Class B State Finals Saturday for the 21st straight season.

In addition, the Clay City Imperial Regiment will make a return trip to the state finals in Class D.

Unlike years past, ISSMA added an extra week to the competition season. This year, the top 20 bands from regional competition met in one semistate competition.

The Class B semistate took place at Warren Central High School, Indianapolis.

Northview band director Bob Medworth said his squad was quite pleased with the return trip.

"They were very good," Medworth said. "They weren't good enough but they were very good.

"I think everybody was happy. The staff was happy and the kids were happy."

Northview has won state ISSMA titles.

Along with Northview, Plainfield, Greenwood, New Castle Chrysler, Bloomington North, North Side, Concord, Jasper, DeKalb and Northridge will compete in the state finals.

"When we told them the scores (from semistate), they were jumping up and down and screaming," Medworth said of the students.

Other bands competing at the Class B semistate included Whiteland, Greenfield-Central, New Palestine, Zionsville, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Elmhurst, Columbia City, Plymouth, Lowell and East Noble.

The Marching Knights will march ninth in the 10-band field Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. They are scheduled to take to the field at 11:44 a.m.

"Anything can happen when you're inside," Medworth said of playing at Lucas Oil Stadium."

Clay City director Mark Ziegler was unavailable for comment Sunday.

Along with the Imperial Regiment, Tri-West, Paoli, Bluffton, Springs Valley, Southridge, Lewis Cass, North Posey, Forest Park and Woodlan will compete in the state finals.

The Eels are scheduled to hit the field at 4:23 p.m., Saturday.

Other bands competing at the Class D semistate included Eastern (Greentown, Morristown, Monrovia, Taylor, Orleans, Pioneer, Eastern (Pekin), Adams Central, Garrett and Eastside.

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Way to go bands! Good luck on Saturday.

-- Posted by aminor on Sun, Oct 26, 2008, at 7:12 PM

2 bands from the same county! Way to go guys! This is a Clay County year!

-- Posted by sassypants on Mon, Oct 27, 2008, at 7:22 AM

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