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History was made here as well

Sunday, November 9, 2008

History was made at the national level last week when Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was elected President.

A lot of tears were shed. There was joy.

And history was made here as well.

Although it's been more than one week, for the 13th time on Nov. 1, Clay County boasted a state champion.

The Northview Marching Knights captured their seventh Class B Indiana State School Music Association title that day.

The Marching Knights, along with Forest Park (Class D), Western (Class C) and Lawrence Central (Class A) won their respective titles.

For Northview, it was the seventh overall title. Band Director Bob Medworth, however, can lay claim to eight titles, as he led Brazil to the Class C state title in 1981.

The Clay City Imperial Regiment also advanced to the state finals this year, placing 10th in Class D.

However, the Imperial Regiment has won five Class D state titles, with the last one coming in 1994.

In ISSMA contests, schools are put into classes based on size.

Since joining ISSMA, Brazil or Northview bands have competed in Class C or B competition.

Brazil won its first state title in 1981 and placed second in 1982, followed by a third-place finish in 1983.

Following the consolidation, Northview captured its first state title in 1991, followed by titles in 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2004 and this year.

Likewise, Clay City has captured Class D titles in 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1994.

To put it in perspective, only two bands have more Class D titles than Clay City and only one band has more Class B titles than Northview.

Northview's long-time nemesis, Greenwood, has won 10 Class B state championships, the last of which took place in 2007.

This year, Northview broke its tie with Winchester for the second-most titles at the Class B level.

Clay City has the third-most Class D titles in ISSMA history. Paoli has won a total of 13 titles at that level (an ISSMA record) while Forest Park also has won six.

In Class C, the most state titles belongs to Western with eight while Ben Davis has nine Class A titles.

From year to year, there's no guarantee a band will compete in the class it competed in the year before.

But Northview and Clay City have both been constants in their respective classes for several years.

The decade of the 1990s was quite kind to Clay County bands.

It started in 1991 with Northview winning, followed by back-to-back-to-back wins for Clay City in 1992, 1993 and 1994. Northview also won back-to-back titles in 1993 and 1994 and also captured two more titles in the decade.

The Marching Knights have won two this decade while Greenwood has captured three.

Concord and Avon also have two Class B titles in this decade.

And the one constant for Northview? 


There's a reason the Marching Knights make the trip to Indianapolis in the final week of ISSMA competition.

It's obvious the program works. Students want to be a part of the program because it's successful.

Hopefully, they want to be a part of the program for a love of music. It's takes time to really learn how to play a brass or woodwind instrument really well.

But these kids have sacrificed for the better of the program. They took time out of their schedules to learn how to better themselves with their instruments.

They took time out of their lives to practice their marching (probably in the backyard. That's where I always did it).

They wanted Northview to succeed.

And the drive to succeed for these students comes from Medworth.

These students aren't just learning how to play an instrument or how to march from one spot to the next.

They're learning valuable life lessons.

And the most important may be discipline.

So here's to both Northview and Clay City bands. You deserve all the high fives you get.

And hopefully, you'll get the chance to make history again next year.