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

Indoor Percussion Places 3rd at MCCGA Competition

Indoor Percussion - EdwardsvilleThe Mater Dei Indoor Percussion earned 3rd place in Class Scholastic A at the Mid Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) competition held at Edwardsville High School on Saturday, February 18.

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.

Marching Knights Sweep Awards at Metro East Marching Classic

For their field show “Patterns,” the Marching Knights earned the top awards in each category at the Metro East Marching Classic held at O’Fallon Township High School on Saturday, September 10.  In addition to earning first place among the Class A schools, the Marching Knights earned outstanding music, outstanding visual, outstanding drum line, and outstanding color guard.

Metro East Marching Classic

Proudly displaying trophies are (l to r) color guard instructor Julianna Swanson, drum major Amber Litteken, Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte, drum major Emma Dumstorff, and drum line instructor Matt Murphy.

Marching Knights Participate in Fair St. Louis Parade

Members of the Marching Knights stand at parade rest waiting for the parade to begin.

Members of the Marching Knights stand at parade rest waiting for the Fair St. Louis Parade to begin.

Marching Knights in the Fair St. Louis Parade.

Marching Knights in the Fair St. Louis Parade.

Winter Drumline Performs at MCCGA Competition

The Mater Dei Winter Drumline competed at the Mid Continent Color Guard Association’s (MCCGA) winter guard and percussion competition on Saturday, February 23. The Winter Drumline placed 6th in prelims and jumped to 4th in the finals. The Winter Drumline is competing in the highest possible class for high school groups (Scholastic A) this year after being promoted in the middle of last year’s season due to their exceptional level of excellence.

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