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NMK marches to state finals

Sunday, October 23, 2011

For the 27th time in school history, the Northview Marching Knights have advanced to the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Finals.

This year marks the 24th consecutive season Northview has advanced to the state finals, which will take place Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Class B bands are scheduled to take the field at 1 p.m. NMK will perform at 2:46 p.m.

Northview was one of 10 bands to advance from the Indianapolis Pike Semi-State Saturday. Joining the Marching Knights at Lucas Oil this year will be Plainfield, Greenwood, North Side, Jasper, Floyd Central, Goshen, Munster, Concord and DeKalb. Greenwood won the Class B title last year while the Marching Knights placed fifth.

NMK Band Director Bob Medworth said he was pleased with Saturday's Semi-State performance.

"It was a lot better (Saturday), but we've got a lot to do," Medworth said. "There is still plenty of stuff we can do better, plenty of hard spots in the show that we can do better. We're looking forward to a full week (of practice).

"We did our best. I really think we did the best we could have done (Saturday)."

Medworth said a week of outside practice will help the band tremendously. Last week, heading into the Indianapolis Pike performance, the Knights had little time of outside practice due to inclement weather.

Still, he is pleased with where the Marching Knights stand at this point.

"I think we're better in a lot of ways than we've been at this point in time, but you never know," he said. "You never know what the judges are going to do.

Heading into the final week of practice, Medworth said "fixing the little things" becomes even more important.

"These are actually the easiest practices," Medworth said. "We need to work hard. The hard part now is figuring out what to do in practice."

The Clay City Imperial Regiment missed going to the state finals after not being one of the top 10 bands at the Franklin Community Semi-State.

Class D bands advancing to the state finals include Eastern (Greentown), Monrovia, Lewis Cass, Bluffton, North Posey, Woodlan, Forest Park, Paoli, Springs Valley and Mater Dei.

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Go NMK ! Hardest working group of Staff and Members like you all are deserve to win, best of luck ! See you Saturday at Lucas Oil !

-- Posted by Soni on Mon, Oct 24, 2011, at 5:53 PM

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