Some things just go together.
To give a few examples, mashed potatoes aren't the same without some gravy. Thanksgiving isn't the same without Turkey.
For 24 straight years, the program has advanced to the ISSMA event.
In fact, the program has advanced to the state finals every year since 1981 with the exception of 1986. As Brazil High School, the program made state finals in Class C in 1981 (which provided a state title), 1982 and 1983.
"I think that's pretty cool," NMK band director Bob Medworth told The Brazil Times. "When you look at the number of times, you have to say, 'Holy Moley. This is something to be proud of.'"
But for the Marching Knights, the past is just that. The past.
The current crop of musicians in the program are solely focused on one thing.
"There's still stuff to fix," Medworth said. "There's still marching and music that need to be fixed. We always tell the kids to not get discouraged. We'll still find something wrong at the state finals."
The 2010 Marching Knights show is titled, "Symphony One in Color: Pictures at an Exhibition." It is based on a work by Modest Mussorsky called, "Pictures at An Exhibition."
The students in the program have been working on the show for several weeks. But Medworth said this week's practice schedule will not be different from past weeks.
"We expect them to be better, but we're doing the same routine," he said.
Medworth said some modifications may take place as the band prepares for state finals, but only if they work. He said staff is currently working on those possible additions.
Otherwise, this week is status quo for the Marching Knights.
"I think (staffers) have learned over the years that if you try to do anything different, you're just making the kids nervous," Medworth said. "They've got to go on the field knowing they know what they're doing with confidence."
So far this week, Medworth said the students -- while pumped -- are also relaxed, which is a good thing.
"Some of them get a little nervous and some of them get a little tense," he said. "Sometimes, they get a little grouchy with each other. But I think (their demeanor) is pretty good."
The Marching Knights head into Saturday's finals with a target on their back after winning back-to-back state championships.
Only three Class B bands have won three-straight titles in ISSMA history, including Winchester (1977-1980 for four straight), Lawrence North (1981-83) and Greenwood (1995-97).
However, Medworth said the Marching Knights haven't given the possibility of winning three consecutive state championships a bit of thought.
"We don't even mention it," he said. "We don't even talk about it. The kids live in the moment. They're pretty good about that."
Not only have the Marching Knights won the past two state titles, they have earned eight top finishes as Northview and one as Brazil.
But Medworth said the program isn't dwelling on past titles.
"We've had success, but you don't try to create some magical thing," he said. "You just do what you do.
"We've learned over the years there's no magic formula. You've just got to have a good band, a good show and a little luck."
But Medworth said having the experience of playing in the state finals can only help the program.
"You're not going on the field hoping something good will happen," he said. "You've just got to do your thing and be real good at it.
"I think our chances are good, but anything can happen. I imagine the scores will be real close at the top."
The following is a schedule of performances for the 2010 Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Class B State Finals:
10 a.m. -- Jasper
10:13 a.m. -- Goshen
10:26 a.m. -- Northview
10:39 a.m. -- Bloomington North
10:52 a.m. -- Northridge
11:05 a.m. -- Greenwood
11:18 a.m. -- Floyd Central
11:31 a.m. -- Concord
11:44 a.m. -- North Side
11:57 a.m. -- DeKalb
Marching Knights ISSMA history
The following is a history of Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) results for the Northview Marching Knights:
ISSMA Class B State Titles
1991, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2008, 2009
Appearances and finishes
1984 -- Sixth
1985 -- Fourth (tie)
1987 -- Second (tie)
1988 -- Third
1989 -- Fourth
1990 -- Fourth
1991 -- First
1992 -- Second
1993 -- First
1994 -- First
1995 -- Fourth
1996 -- Second
1997 -- Second
1998 -- First
1999 -- First
2000 -- Second (tie)
2001 -- Fifth
2002 -- Fourth
2003 -- Fourth
2004 -- First
2005 -- Fourth
2006 -- Second (tie)
2007 -- Second
2008 -- First
2009 -- First
The following is a list of Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) results for Brazil High School:
1977 -- Third (Class B)
1978 -- Third (Class B)
1979 -- Third (Class B)
1981 -- First (Class C)
1982 -- Second (Class C)
1983 -- Third (Class C)
The following is a list of Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) results for Staunton High School:
1973 -- Fourth (Class C)
The following is a list of Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) results for Van Buren High School:
1982 -- Fifth (Class D)
1983 -- Fifth (Class D)