For the 26th time, the Northview Marching Knights have advanced to the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Marching Band State Finals.
The band was one of 10 Class B ISSMA bands to earn a trip to the finals, which will take place Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"The band was really good," NMK band director Bob Medworth said. "We're just practicing and getting better."
Northview will attempt to earn its third-straight ISSMA Class B title this year. But the competition will be difficult.
Joining the Knights in the state finals this year will be Greenwood, Bloomington North, Floyd Central, Jasper, North Side, Concord, Northridge, DeKalb and Goshen.
In the most recent www.indianamarching.com poll, the Marching Knights regained the top spot among Class B bands, followed by Concord, Greenwood, Goshen, Jasper, North Side, Plainfield, Northridge, DeKalb and New Castle Chrysler.
Of the ranked bands, Plainfield and New Castle Chrysler missed the state finals' trip.
Historically, the Marching Knights have won back-to-back state titles three times, winning in 1993-94, 1998-99 and 2008-09.
The band, however, has never won three consecutive state titles. The closest it came to that achievement was during the 1998-2000 run, coming away with two titles and one second-place finish. In addition, the band placed second in both 2006 and 2007, only to win state titles in 2008 and 2009.
If the Marching Knights come away from Saturday's contest as the top-ranked Class B band, it will be the program's 10th title as the program also won a Class C title as Brazil High School. The last Class B band to win three-straight titles was Greenwood, coming in 1995-97.
"I feel really good about us," Medworth said. "By next Saturday, I think we'll be real good."
Class D bands advancing to the state finals this year included Orleans, Eastern (Greentown), Northwestern, Paoli, Lewis Cass, Springs Valley, Forest Park, Mater Dei, North Posey and Southridge.
Class B performances are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., Saturday. The Marching Knights are set to perform at 10:26 a.m.
Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $18 for students 3-18-years-old. Children 2-under will be admitted free.
NMK ISSMA finishes
Since 1984, the Northview Marching Knights have appeared in 26 ISSMA State Finals, never finishing lower than sixth place.
The following is a list of Northview finishes:
* First -- 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2008, 2009,
* 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
NOTE: Northview High School also earned a state championship in 1981 as Brazil High School.