Twenty-one straight years.
That's how many years the Northview Marching Knights have advanced to the Indiana State School Music Association State Finals. In fact, during the past 32 years, Northview -- or Brazil High School -- has only missed ISSMA State Finals twice.
On Saturday, the Knights will compete in the Class B State finals. Northview is scheduled to take the field at 11:44 a.m.
"I don't think (the students) consider not going," Northview band director Bob Medworth said, "which could be scary. They just assume we're going to be good enough to go."
Medworth added if the Knights feel any pressure heading into Saturday's finals, it's self-imposed.
Medworth said the Marching Knights have been working on consistency this week in preparation for Saturday.
"They're still some things in this show, we worked on five pages (Wednesday) that we haven't worked on since September," he said. "We've known all along. It's just there aren't enough hours in the day to get to it all.
"What we're doing now is more critical, but it's easier."
Heading into Saturday's contest, Medworth said most people might believe the Class B contest will come down to four bands: Northview, Greenwood, Jasper and Concord.
Northview will perform right before Concord, which is scheduled to compete at 11:57. Likewise, Jasper hits the field at 10:39 a.m., while Greenwood performs at 10:52 a.m.
The Marching Knights have scored better than Greenwood, perennial powerhouses in Class B, for two straight weeks.
Still, Medworth said he doesn't think Northview has peaked yet.
"We never talk about winning," he said. "We've got plenty to fix.
"It's not like sports, where you think of a play to beat their play. You've got to do what you do."
Medworth said the Knights have been cleaning small parts to their show for the past few weeks in preparation for Saturday.
"We're at the point where we have no big traumas," he said.
Going on ninth Saturday will benefit the Knights, Medworth said. He said the band will prep with a 45-minute practice prior to leaving Brazil for Indianapolis, a routine the band has had for several years.
"(Going on ninth) is better for us because we don't have to get up as early," Medworth said.
This year, state finals will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium. Medworth said he doesn't believe playing at the stadium will differ much from performing at the RCA Dome.
"I think it's going to be about the same," he said. "It may actually be better."
He said curtains will be set up on one side of the stadium and both end zones.
Medworth added making the trip to state finals never gets old.
"The novelty might wear off once in a while," he said. "But I wouldn't trade the past four or five weeks for anything."
When do they play?
The following is a schedule for the Indiana State School Marching Association Class B State Finals, set for Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium:
10 a.m. -- North Side,
10:13 a.m. -- Plainfield,
10:26 a.m. -- New Castle,
10:39 a.m. -- Jasper,
10:52 a.m. -- Greenwood,
11:05 a.m. -- B. South,
11:18 a.m. -- Northridge,
11:31 a.m. -- DeKalb,
11:44 a.m. -- Northview,
11:57 a.m. -- Concord