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State champs!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Northview Marching Knights perform their 2008 show, "Hats Off!" during Saturday's Indiana State School Music Association Class B State Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.
Northview wins seventh state marching title

Hats off indeed.

Anyone driving on United States 40 Saturday afternoon knew something had happened.

Traffic had slowed. Fire trucks and police vehicles were all over the place.

And a few Clay Community School Corp. school buses were on the road as well.

The Northview Marching Knights received the welcome of all welcomes Saturday after winning the Indiana State School Music Association Class B State Title.

Following the special escort through town, fans, marchers and all were invited to the NHS auditorium, to watch two videos of Saturday's performance.

As NHS band director Bob Medworth told the crowd he was "speechless," he gave the microphone to assistant band director Rusty Bottomly. Ruth Ann Medworth then addressed the crowd.

"The whole town owns this championship," she said.

Then, Bob Medworth finally had some words to say.

"You did a very, very good job," he told the band members. "You beat a very, very good band."

Northview had edged Greenwood. Of the six judges in the contest, four had Northview first, while one had the band second. One also had the Marching Knights fourth overall.

"You were better than anyone else today," Medworth said.

The last state title the Marching Knights won came in 2004. Now, Northview has captured seven titles in the years Medworth has served as director. Brazil High School also captured a state title under Medworth.

Following addressing the crowd, Medworth said the consistency he hoped the Marching Knights would attain came through in Saturday's performance.

"I thought we were probably good enough," he said. "I think overall, we were definitely better than last week."

Medworth said as the countdown began during the awards ceremony, he felt the Knights were in for a surprise.

"I was pretty sure I knew," he said.

He said after Northview was declared the 2008 champion, the celebration began.

"We were jumping up and down," he said. "I think the school should be pretty proud. The kids, parents and staff are all great. They deserve it a ton. Good things happen to good people."

Greenwood was second while Jasper finished third, followed by Fort Wayne Northside, Plainfield, Dekalb/Waterloo, Concord/Elkhart, New Castle Chrysler, Bloomington North and Northridge/Middlebury.

Clay City also competed in the Class D State Finals Saturday, placing 10th overall. Forest Park/Ferdinand won the title while Lewis Cass was second and Tri-West placed third.

The Northview Marching Knights won the 2008 Class B Indiana State School Music Association State Title this year. Pictured with the trophy include (from left) band director Bob Medworth, drum major Erika Matson, and assistant directors Ruth Ann Medworth and Rusty Bottomly. [Order this photo]
Western captured the Class C championship while Lawrence Central won the Class A title.

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Congrats to the NMK you were amazing out there on Saturday! You all have worked hard and the proof is in the title! Keep up the great work!

-- Posted by chazzie on Sun, Nov 2, 2008, at 5:48 PM

Congratulations to Med, Pete, Rusty and the rest of the staff. Your dedication to our kids is unparrelled. Kids: the work ethic you learned this last year will be with you the rest of your lives. CONGRATULATIONS.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sun, Nov 2, 2008, at 6:01 PM

As a former band parent it is so good to see how great you guys still are! Way to Go everyone!!

-- Posted by fitch30437 on Sun, Nov 2, 2008, at 6:35 PM

As a former NMK band parent, I know just how much hard work is involved in a championship. Congratulations to the band, directors, parents, and friends. You should be so proud!

-- Posted by blueinaredstate on Sun, Nov 2, 2008, at 7:58 PM

As a former marching knight I am very proud of my alumni. As a police officer, I was very proud to escort the best marching band in the state of Indiana.

-Eric Vanatti

-- Posted by MensRea2008 on Sun, Nov 2, 2008, at 9:20 PM

Congrats to the NMK!!! As an alumni of the very first band Medworth led at Brazil High School many years ago, I'm still very proud and supportive of their leadership, dedication and commitment to the kids and our community. What an awesome program....keep up the great work!

-- Posted by County Taxpayer on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 4:51 AM

I am so proud of you all! Your hard work and dedication have paid off! Hats off to all the staff, students, and parents for all of your team work!!!!

-- Posted by sassypants on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 7:03 AM

As former parent and grandparent, I am very thankful for Northview band program's positive influence on our town's youth. I hope to have another grandchild in the program in the near future. Veronica Lucas

-- Posted by teachvlucas on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 7:29 AM

Congratulations to the Northview Marching Knights & all the parents, staff & dedicated fans ~ you're always #1 with Brazil ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 7:39 AM

As an alumnist of NMK and having won 3 out of 4 years that I marched, I can say that it's extremely exciting to hear the announcement that you've placed 1st at state.

Great job, NMK!!! A well-deserved placing. I did think that Concord should have placed higher than they did, but it is what it is. There's always next year.

-- Posted by andypflueger on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 8:10 AM

As a former 2 time state champ and alumni I congratulate you!!! You guys are awesome! You make the town and the alumni so proud! Northview has a wonderful program and everyone knows it!

-- Posted by jessdixon on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 8:22 AM

It's been more than 25 years since I was in the Brazil H.S. state champion band, and I still get chills thinking about that announcer saying, " And in second place . . . the marching Marksmen of Tell City!"

Congratulations to all of you who are so capably continuing this great tradition!! You will remember this accomplishment for the rest of your lives, and deservedly so. Hats Off to today's NMK!

-- Posted by Don't Call Me Old on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 9:12 AM

A huge congratulations from California!! You continue to amaze me and yes, good things do happen to good people...the Medworths and those hardworking Marching Knights!

-- Posted by MM85 on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 9:14 PM

I am also a NMK alumni, and its great to see Med and the gang still making it the best band in the state! Congrats to all the kids for their hardwork and to the Medworths for being the best teachers at Northview. Almost 20 years have gone by and my favorite memories of school are all the concerts, playing at the ball games, competitions, dodging drumsticks from the tower and all the other trips. We were all one big family, glad to see that tradition is still going strong. Kids pay attention to Med, the work ethic and attention to detail he teaches will pay off later in life.

Can't wait for next years show! Keep up the great work!

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Thu, Nov 6, 2008, at 11:31 AM

I believe there is no activity better for our kids than the fantastic program offered at Northview. I would love to see a foundation set up to offer scholarships,(for band and college) for these hard working kids.

Way to go knights!

-- Posted by reddevil on Thu, Nov 6, 2008, at 2:36 PM

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