For their field show “Phobias,” the Marching Knights earned fourth place at the Tiger Ambush Classic on September 16. We congratulate the Marching Knights members, as well as Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte, drumline instructor Mr. Matt Murphy, and color guard instructor Ms. Julianna Swanson.
For their field show “Phobias,” the Marching Knights nearly swept the awards at the Metro East Marching Classic held at O’Fallon Township High School on Saturday, September 9. In addition to earning first place in Class A, the Marching Knights earned Outstanding Music, Outstanding Visuals, and Outstanding Drum Line.
On August 26, the Marching Knights Percussionists attended the SIUE Marching Percussion Festival. After performing their show, the percussionists attended a clinic with renowned percussion clinicians Brett Kuhn, Derrick Shannon and Cliff Walker, who provided constructive feedback.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Congratulations to the following students who earned first place ratings at the IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Freeburg Community High School on March 4: Wren Heiligenstein (flute and piano), Emily Hemker (voice), Caroline Kenow (trombone), Anna Klostermann (tuba), Maria Kreke (voice), Sophia Mondt (voice) and Alex Mueth (tenor saxophone).
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.
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.