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State Bound!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Northview Marching Knight alto saxophone Moira Flott works her way through a movement during the Knights' practice Thursday. [Order this photo]
Marching Knights set for ISSMA State Finals

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.

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And the Class B Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Finals aren't the same without the Northview Marching Knights.

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.

Saturday.

"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."

Performance times

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)


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I was under the impression that Northview is a combination of Brazil, Van Buren and Stanton schools. I was a member of Van Buren's marching band, and Van Buren and Stanton had a number of marching band awards, also.

-- Posted by secretary on Thu, Oct 28, 2010, at 7:28 PM

Secretary,

I believe that you are correct. But I think they are referring to the band under bob's direction when he taught at brazil and then after it became northview.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Thu, Oct 28, 2010, at 9:54 PM

IT HAS BEEN 27 YEARS V.B. GET OVER IT.GREAT JOB MED YOU AND YOUR PROGRAMS ARE THE BEST.GOOD LUCK KNIGHTS BRING HOME ANOTHER TITLE.

-- Posted by GO HOOSIERS on Thu, Oct 28, 2010, at 10:45 PM

Secretary, our band was excellent at VB. Great memories! "Go Hoosiers" doesn't understand the caps lock key or punctuation, but is good for a laugh.

-- Posted by CountryandCityMouse on Fri, Oct 29, 2010, at 2:21 AM

I think it is pretty clear that the citations at the end of the article are just those from the ISSMA (fall field marching) contests.

I know Van Buren had an excellent band under Jim Clausen's direction when they competed at the State Fair contests back when the track marching shows were "the" contest of the year, finishing in the Sweet Sixteen numerous times. And it should be noted, the State Fair contest was not divided by classes, so VB's level of success was against all comers.

VB's band also had great student popularity in that at times 30% of the student population participated in the band. The ISSMA sponsored fall contest became the "contest of choice" for most schools around the late 70s-early 80s.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Fri, Oct 29, 2010, at 7:42 AM

I think it is pretty clear that the citations at the end of the article are just those from the ISSMA (fall field marching) contests.

I know Van Buren had an excellent band under Jim Clausen's direction when they competed at the State Fair contests back when the track marching shows were "the" contest of the year, finishing in the Sweet Sixteen numerous times. And it should be noted, the State Fair contest was not divided by classes, so VB's level of success was against all comers.

VB's band also had great student popularity in that at times 30% of the student population participated in the band. The ISSMA sponsored fall contest became the "contest of choice" for most schools around the late 70s-early 80s.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Fri, Oct 29, 2010, at 7:43 AM


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