Category Archives: Band

Drum Majors Attend Smith Walbridge Clinics


Caroline Kenow (left) and Ben Logullo (right) recently attended the Smith Walbridge drum major and mace clinics at Eastern Illinois University, during which they developed their conducting, marching and leadership skills.  They look forward to utilizing their skills throughout the 2017-2018 Marching Knights’ season.

Band Banquet

Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte, joined by drumline instructor Mr. Matt Murphy and color guard instructor Ms. Julianna Swanson, recognized members of our concert band, jazz band, wind ensemble, drumline and color guard at the Band Banquet held on May 15.  We congratulate the award winners, as well as their families, on their accomplishments!

At the Band Banquet on May 15, Alex Mueth (left) received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and a Music Service Award from Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte.

At the Band Banquet on May 15, Amber Litteken (left) received the John Philip Sousa Band Award from Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte.

Pictured with Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte (back row, far right) at the Band Banquet on May 15 are band award winners (front row from left) Ellie Stark – Music Service, Taylor Goring – Outstanding Freshman, Hannah Schmitz – Outstanding Sophomore, Caroline Kenow – Outstanding Junior, Alex Rivera – Outstanding Brass, Annie Kuenstler – Outstanding Woodwind, Sarah Maller and Colby Litteken – Music Service; (back row from left) Sam AuBuchon – Music Service, Zach Honer – Outstanding Percussionist, Reese Brandford – Most Improved, Emma Dumstorff – Outstanding Leadership, Ben Logullo – Outstanding Marcher, and Lindsey Goestenkors – Music Service. (Not pictured is Sophia Mondt – Outstanding Attitude.)

Pictured with drumline instructor Mr. Matt Murphy (far right) at the Band Banquet on May 15 are drumline award winners (from left) Amber Litteken – Outstanding Visual Performer, Sarah Maller – Outstanding Musical Performer, Katherine Wieseman – Outstanding Attitude, and Kate Maue – Most Improved.

Pictured with color guard instructor Ms. Julianna Swanson (third from left) at the Band Banquet on May 15 are color guard award winners (from left) Erin Cerbie – Above and Beyond, Savannah Boggs – Outstanding Attitude, and Savannah Wesselmann – Most Improved.

Indoor Percussion Competes at WGI World Championships

Members of the Mater Dei Indoor Percussion, with instructors Mr. Matt Murphy (far left) and Mr. Blake Korte (far right), pose for a picture prior to their performance at the Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion and Winds World Championships in Dayton, OH, on April 20.

Performing this year’s show, “The Dawn,” under the direction of band director Mr. Blake Korte, our Indoor Percussion closed their season at the Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion and Winds World Championships in Dayton, OH, on April 20.  With a score of 80.163, the Knights missed advancing to the semi-finals by two groups.  In addition to competing, the students enjoyed performances at the finals competition and visited the U.S. Air Force Museum.

Jazz Band enjoys Jazz at the Bistro


Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte and members of the Jazz Band enjoyed an evening of music at Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis on Friday, March 24.  Pictured outside the venue are (front, left to right) Caroline Kenow, Susy Cowgill, Alex Rivera; (back, left to right) Amber Litteken, Calvin Hintz and Alex Mueth.

Indoor Percussion Earns Third at MCCGA Competition at OTHS


The Mater Dei Indoor Percussion, pictured with instructors Mr. Schlich (far left) and Mr. Murphy (far right) earned third place at the Mid Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) competition at O’Fallon Township High School on March 18.  Their season will conclude with the Winter Guard International (WGI) competition in Dayton, OH, April 20-22.

Musicians Perform at Clinton County Art & Music Festival

Performing at the Clinton County Art and Music Festival on March 9 were musicians (front, left to right) Sophia Mondt, Caroline Kenow, Alex Rivera, Susy Cowgill, Christina Mioux, Annie Kuenstler, Angie Carey, Hannah Schmitz; (middle, left to right) Anna Klostermann, Emily Hemker, Alex Mueth, Reese Bradford, Otto Stark, Ben Logullo; (back, left to right) Sam AuBuchon, Keegan Spirek, Amber Litteken, Rachell Maue, Kate Maue, Madeline Sullivan, Alyssa Noll, Katie Goring and Emma Dumstorff.

Indoor Percussion Earns 4th at WGI Competition

Indoor Percussion - Francis HowellAfter advancing to the finals, the Mater Dei Indoor Percussion earned 4th place at the Winter Guard International (WGI) regional competition held at Francis Howell High School on Saturday, February 25.  Pictured with the trophy are (left to right) Sarah Maller, Amber Litteken, Zach Honor and instructor Mr. Matt Murphy.

Musicians Perform at IMEA Festival

imea-district-fesitvalMater Dei musicians (left to right) Amber Litteken (orchestra), Emily Hemker (chorus), Annie Kuenstler (band), and Maddie Owens (chorus) performed at the District VI Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) Festival on Saturday, November 5, at Edwardsville High School.  They were selected for the festival after auditioning in October.