St. Rita Symphonic Band takes 1st Place in Catholic Schools Band Competition

Congratulations to the St. Rita Symphonic Band and its director Ms. Cindy Gradek for their outstanding results in the recent 32nd Annual State of the Art Catholic Band Competition.  On Saturday, February, 19, St. Rita made its 32nd appearance at the annual competition sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. St. Rita took first place in the Class “AA” division and Best Woodwinds Award in Class “AA”.  They also received the Leo J. Henning Most Improved Band Award overall.

St. Rita finished with a score of 94.17 points, second only to Marian Catholic who performed in the “AAA” class of the competition, which took place at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights.  Adjudicators for the event were Stacey Larson, Associate Director of Bands at Vandercook College of Music, Dr. Kenneth Dye, Director of Bands at the University of Notre Dame and Judy Grimes, Associate Director of Bands at Elmhurst College.