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Sunday, November 1, 2009

For the eighth time, the Northview Marching Knights walked away with the Indiana State School Music Association Class B Marching State Title. Celebrating the victory included (from left) assistant director Rusty Bottomley, NMK drum major Nathan Maffioli, 2009 Indiana Dairy Princess Audrie Koester, band director Bob Medworth and assistant band director Ruth Ann Medworth. [Order this photo]
* Marching Knights capture eighth Class B ISSMA State Title

INDIANAPOLIS -- "This one's for Halie."

Those words were uttered by Northview band director Bob Medworth only minutes after the Marching Knights were declared the winner of the 2009 Indiana State School Music Association Class B State Finals.

Northview flute player Allie Peters (left) marches through the Knights' 2009 show "Vs." Saturday at the ISSMA Class B State Finals. [Order this photo]
Saturday's first-place finish was Northview's eighth overall. Brazil High School also captured a state title in 1981, also under the direction of Medworth.

"I thought we did our job," Medworth said. "This means everything. Everything we've gone through, this make you appreciate it."

Saturday's win was the Knights' second-straight state title, a feat they have accomplished two other times (1993-94 and 1998-99). Northview has also captured state titles in 1991 and 2004. Counting the 1981 Class C state title for Brazil and the school has won nine titles under Medworth.

NMK drum major Nathan Maffioli called the victory "bittersweet" because he is in his final year of marching.

"You're happy that you won but sad that it's over," Maffioli said. "But it went as good as it could. This is one of the greatest feelings you can have."

Maffioli added winning the state title was the icing on the cake after all the adversity the Knights had gone through this season.

Guard members (above, from left) Katie Davison and Oakley Campbell react to hearing the Marching Knights had won their second-straight title. [Order this photo]
"It means a lot for everyone, with all the hardships we've gone through," he said. "It meant a lot to us to do well. It went as good as we could hope for."

The 2009 show was called "Vs."

As the countdown to the top band in Class B began, staff with the Marching Knights appeared uneasy.

But when it was announced that Greenwood placed second, little was in doubt as the hoopla began among the crowd eagerly anticipated hearing the winner.

"Everybody thought we did pretty well," Medworth said. "It seemed good where I was. You hope you can do the show well enough."

The Marching Knights were the fifth band to take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday.

Following their performance came the waiting.

"That's horrible," Medworth said of the wait all bands must to go through until the final announcement is made. "You start thinking about all the stuff that shouldn't matter.

"We knew we had a good show. But the whole doubt thing starts ripping at your stomach."

Following Saturday's performance, the Knights traveled to the rest stop near Plainfield to change into street clothing where they were greeted by their fans.

Northview alto saxophone player Tricia Cox readies to play her part during the Marching Knights' state finals performance Saturday. [Order this photo]
From there, the Knights headed back to Brazil, where they were greeted by a flood of police and fire vehicles for an escort through the city as the caravan of vehicles headed to the high school.

2009 Class B Marching Top 10

2009 ISSMA Marching Band State Finals

Class B

1. Northview

2. Greenwood

3. Jasper

4. New Castle Chrysler

5. Concord

6. Plainfield

7. DeKalb

8. Northridge

9. Bloomington North

10. Floyd Central

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Congrats to all members/and families, what hard work, but I hope you all 'HAD FUN'.

The best time of High School-Van Buren, was marching band contests, all summer long. We did not have a football team, so there were no performances for that, but Mr. Clausen kept us busy with marching contests, pep band and concert band. He was very busy for the summer contests, creating the music and the performances to match, and we were very successful.

I have wonderful memories, as I hope you will too!

-- Posted by secretary on Mon, Nov 2, 2009, at 12:13 PM

Way to go marching Knights...another great year!!

-- Posted by MM85 on Mon, Nov 2, 2009, at 1:04 PM

I completely agree with "secretary!" Jim Clausen was my band director at Van Buren as well. That was the best time of my life and still have the album we made in 1982. It is awesome to listen to it after all these years! Enjoy every second you can kids.....it goes by quickly!

-- Posted by bikerlady on Wed, Nov 4, 2009, at 1:12 PM

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