It's been three years since the Clay City Imperial Regiment has participated in the Indiana State School Marching Association State Finals.
But on Saturday, the band will compete against nine other Class D bands for the 2008 state title.
Class D is the third class of bands to hit the field at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday. Clay City is scheduled to take the field at 4:23 p.m.
With only a handful of days to finish preparation, Clay City band director Mark Ziegler said the Imperial Regiment will be ready for Saturday's performance.
"We still have a few areas of the show that need to improve," he said. "We placed high in music (at semistate) so a lot of our focus will be on cleaning drill (this week). But we work them both together at the same time."
Ziegler said preparing for state finals is no different than any other contest.
"This week, it is business as usual," he said. "We are not going to change anything because what we have been doing works well. We want to be as consistent as possible. The kids are excited to perform in the new stadium, so they want to make it their best performance of the season.
"Advancing to state finals is an honor that I think this band well deserves. I am very proud of them."
In the past, ISSMA state finals took place at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. However, they have been moved to Lucas Oil Stadium. Ziegler said all bands are on the "same level" regarding how to approach playing.
"No one knows what to expect," he said. "I have toured the new stadium and stood on the field. The turf is more firm than the RCA Dome. They will also have sound panels to help with the acoustics."
Ziegler added the Imperial Regiment is ready for the final competition of the season.
"This is the week they have been waiting for all season," he said. "To them, this is like 'bonus week' because only the best marching bands in the state are still competing.
"I have talked to them about what it will be like playing in a place like Lucas Oil Stadium. They understand that this performance will be like none other than they have played and they need to be prepared for it."
When do they play?
The following is the schedule for the Indiana State School Marching Association Class D State Finals, set for Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium:
4:10 p.m. -- Springs Valley,
4:23 p.m. -- Clay City,
4:36 p.m. -- Paoli,
4:49 p.m. -- North Posey,
5:02 p.m. -- Tri-West,
5:15 p.m. -- Bluffton,
5:28 p.m. -- Woodlan,
5:41 p.m. -- Forest Park,
5:54 p.m. -- Southridge,
6:07 p.m. -- Lewis Cass