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Clay County's ISSMA history

Thursday, October 27, 2011

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Northview trumpet player Shea McCoy belts out a tune Wednesday. McCoy and the Marching Knights will compete in the 2011 Indiana State School Music Association Marching Band State Finals Saturday at 2:46 p.m. [Order this photo]
The Northview Marching Knights have a rich history when it comes to Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) marching season.

And the history dates prior to Northview's existence.

Brazil High School, under the direction of Bob Medworth, made the Class B ISSMA State Finals in 1977, placing third overall.

The Red Devils placed third again in 1978 and 1979 before winning the Class C title in 1981.

Brazil finished second in 1982 and third in 1983, before Northview was born.

In 1984, the Marching Knights placed sixth overall in Class B and NMK was tied for fourth in 1985.

The Marching Knights did not make the state finals in 1986, but have since, tallying eight Class B state championships, including three back-to-back title years (1993-94, 1998-99 and 2008-09).

Northview isn't the only Clay County band to have success in ISSMA.

It started with Staunton placing fourth in Class C in 1973. In addition, Van Buren placed fifth in Class D in 1982 and again in 1983.

In addition to the successes of Brazil, Northview, Van Buren and Staunton, Clay City has also captured past ISSMA success.

The Eels rattled off a string of Class D appearances beginning in 1987 and running through 1995.

During that nine-year span, the Imperial Regiment tallied five first-place finishes, including three straight from 1992-94.

Since 2000, Clay City has appeared in the state finals seven times, the last time coming in 2008, when the Imperial Regiment finished 10th overall.

Below is a chronological history of Clay County bands, appearances and placings during ISSMA State Finals, including finishes for Staunton, Van Buren, Brazil, Northview and Clay City:

Clay County ISSMA History

1973

Class C

Fourth -- Staunton

1977

Class B

Third -- Brazil

1978

Class B

Third -- Brazil

1979

Class B

Third -- Brazil

1981

Class C

First -- Brazil

1982

Class C

Second -- Brazil

Class D

Fifth -- Van Buren

1983

Class C

Third -- Brazil

Class D

Fifth -- Van Buren

1984

Class B

Sixth -- Northview

1985

Class B

Fourth (tie) -- Northview

1987

Class B

Third -- Northview

1988

Class B

Third -- Northview

Class D

First -- Clay City

1989

Class B

Fourth -- Northview

Class D

First -- Clay City

1990

Class B

Fourth -- Northview

Class D

Second -- Clay City

1991

Class B

First -- Northview

Class D

First -- Clay City

1992

Class B

Second -- Northview

Class D

First -- Clay City

1993

Class B

First -- Northview

Class D

First -- Clay City

1994

Class B

First -- Northview

Class D

First -- Clay City

1995

Class B

Fourth -- Northview

Class D

Third -- Clay City

1996

Class B

Second -- Northview

1997

Class B

Second -- Northview

1998

Class B

First -- Northview

1999

Class B

First -- Northview

2000

Class B

Second (tie) -- Northview

Class D

Seventh -- Clay City

2001

Class B

Fifth -- Northview

Class D

Eighth -- Clay City

2002

Class B

Fourth -- Northview

Class D

Tenth -- Clay City

2003

Class B

Fourth -- Northview

Class D

Third -- Clay City

2004

Class B

First -- Northview

Class D

Eighth -- Clay City

2005

Class B

Fourth -- Northview

Class D

Third -- Clay City

2006

Class B

Second (tie) -- Northview

2007

Class B

Second -- Northview

2008

Class B

First -- Northview

Class D

Tenth -- Clay City

2009

Class B

First -- Northview

2010

Class B

Fifth -- Northview



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