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.
"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.
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.
2009 Class B Marching Top 10
2009 ISSMA Marching Band State Finals
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