With their performance during the Semi-state competition at Pike High School, Indianapolis, Saturday, Northview will join nine other bands at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Saturday, Oct. 31, for the Class B finals.
The competition will be tough as eight of the nine other finalists were in the Top 10 of the most recent www.indianamarching.com Class B poll. Also qualifying for the state finals were, with current ranking: Greenwood (second), Jasper (third), Concord (fourth), New Castle Chrysler (fifth), DeKalb (sixth), Northridge (tied for seventh), Floyd Central (ninth), Plainfield (10th), and Bloomington North (11th). Zionsville, which came in tied for seventh in the poll, was the lone member of the Top 10 not to qualify for the finals.
The Marching Knights, which maintained its No. 1 ranking in the latest poll, will also travel to Lucas Oil Stadium with a target on their backs as they go into the finals as defending State Champions.
Should Northview come away with a Halloween treat, it would be the third time the Marching Knights would be back-to-back champions with the other occurrences happening in 1993-94 and 1998-99. Overall, it would be their eighth title.
Meanwhile on Saturday, the Clay City Imperial Regiment was unable to make a return trip to the state finals, failing to qualify in the Top 10 during the Class D Semi-state competition at Franklin Community High School.
Clay City was looking to make a repeat state finals appearance for the first time since 2005, which was the Imperial Regiment's sixth-straight finals at the time.
The Imperial Regiment came into Saturday's competition ranked 13th in the latest www.indianamarching.com poll.
Qualifying for the Class D ISSMA State Finals were, with ranking: Springs Valley (first), Lewis Cass (second), Forest Park (third), Paoli (fourth), North Posey (fifth), Woodlan (seventh), Monrovia (eighth), Southridge (10th), Adams Central (12th) and Eastern (Greentown) (14th). Bluffton (sixth) and Orleans (ninth) were the two bands ranked in the Top 10 of Class D poll that did not qualify for state competition.
The Marching Knights are set to perform at 10:52 a.m., during the state finals. Doors to Lucas Oil Stadium will open at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 31. Tickets are available at the price of $20 for adults, $18 for children and students ages 3-18, and children under the age of 2 will be admitted free.
Since 1984, the Northview Marching Knights have appeared in 25 of the 26 ISSMA state finals, never finishing lower than sixth place.
The following is a list of how Northview has placed:
* First -- 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2008,
* Second -- 1987 (tie), 1992, 1996, 1997, 2000 (tie), 2006 (tie), 2007,
* Third -- 1988,
* Fourth -- 1985 (tie), 1989, 1990, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2005,
* Fifth -- 2001, and
* Sixth -- 1984.