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Week after state title, NMK working on Christmas show

Sunday, November 8, 2009

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Northview High School band director Bob Medworth discusses winning another Indiana State School Music Association Class B state title with various guard members. [Order this photo]
It's been just more than one week since the Northview Marching Knights captured the 2009 Indiana State School Music Association Class B state title.

However, just because marching season has concluded, the Knights are not resting on their laurels.

Rather, NMK has entered a "new season."

Northview band director said any year, following marching season, the Knights immediately begin working on their Christmas Spectacular.

This year, the show is scheduled to take place at the high school, Dec. 8-10.

Still, Medworth admitted every year after marching season, he can almost see a deflation in the band room at the school.

"I think there's a huge letdown right now," he said. "I know all the staff and kids are talking about it. I think they like being busy."

On Oct. 31, the Marching Knights captured their second-straight Class B state title. It was the third time in school history the Knights had achieved back-to-back state titles.

In addition, Northview lost one of its own during the season after 15-year-old Halie Hite died in an automobile accident.

But the Marching Knights persevered en route to the state championship.

But Medworth said he felt there would be a "letdown" following marching band season.

"There aren't as many night rehearsals," he said. "Staff members have e-mailed me on what to do. But you find stuff to do."

And, according to Medworth, there's plenty to work on.

In addition to the Christmas Spectacular, the Knights are now preparing for pep band season for both boys' and girls' basketball games at Northview.

In addition, he said jazz band is just right around the corner and winter guard is coming up.

As well, individual students may take part in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble, scheduled to begin in January 2010, and Medworth hinted there could be a winter drumline in the works.

"Marching band takes up a pretty good amount of time," Medworth said, "but you find stuff to do. There's plenty to do if you want to do it. If a (student) wants to, they can stay just as busy."



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