Director of Bands: Mr. Blake Korte
Marching Knights 2016 – 2017 Competition Schedule
Metro East Marching Classic (O’Fallon Township HS) – September 10
Tiger Ambush Classic (Edwardsville HS) – September 17
Eastern Illinois University Panther Marching Band Festival – October 1
Effingham High School Marching Band Invitational – October 22
Belleville East High School Marching Invitational – October 22
Latest News for Band
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.