"The opponent is yourself," NMK Band Director Bob Medworth recently told The Brazil Times. "There's always that little voice in the back of your head telling you to take a break on something."
In recent days, NMK staff has been working with the students helping them to ignore that little voice.
At this point in the marching season, it's all about consistency.
"As you get better, the smaller mistakes show up," Medworth said. "Then they become eyesores or ear-sores. They've been going on all year, but you didn't notice it.
"There's very little right now that the kids are doing wrong. They know all their dots. They know all their notes. They know all their equipment work. It's just trying to get them to do it perfect every time.
"Practice makes perfect and it's totally true."
Still, Medworth said this past week of practice has also included different stuff. He said since his days of coaching varsity basketball, he has changed his methods of practice with band.
"As the season goes on, you run your plays more, you practice a little bit less," Medworth said. "(This week), we've been quitting earlier and doing some fun things. You don't want them to go to state finals nervous that they're going to make a mistake."
As a result, Medworth feels the Marching Knights are fully prepared for the season finale Saturday.
"(Practices) are fine," he said. "They're great. We've had great practices."
Class C will begin competition at 10 a.m., Saturday, at Lucas Oil Stadium. Following awards for Class C, Class B competition will start.
Northview will be the ninth Class B band to take the field Saturday. The Class B finals will begin with a performance from North Side at 1:15 p.m.
Medworth said he has enjoyed the Marching Knights show this season. "Don't Give Up," is based on the musical works from composer Peter Gabriel.
"I like the music," Medworth said. "I really like the theme that we came up with. I think we've done something here that connects with everybody, especially when you see things like (Hurricane Sandy earlier this week). We like the show."
Admission to the state finals is $20 for adults and $18 for students (ages 3-18). Children 2-under will be admitted free.
Regardless of the outcome, Medworth hopes the students enjoy the full experience.
"It's not about the trophy," he said, "it's about the group and having fun."