On Saturday, February 17, the St. Rita Band hosted the historic "State of the Art" Catholic Band Competition. It was the first time the Mustangs had been awarded the privilege of competing on their home campus since 1999, and compete they did! At the conclusion of the event, which saw 17 different Catholic bands perform, The Pride of the Mustangs was named the Leo J. Henning award winner. This award is given annually to the ensemble with scores that have improved the most from the previous year. St. Rita's 7.33 point jump from 2017 paced the field of performers.
The Mustangs have now seen their score at the annual competition rise 20 points in two years. Mustang Band director KC Perlberg said the scores were indicative of senior leadership and a changing culture in the band. "We don't make music to be graded on it, but we do crave challenging ourselves to be the best that St. Rita has to offer. The Henning Award says a lot about what our young men have been able to accomplish over the last three years."
Other winners at the 38th State of the Art were the Grand Champion Marian Symphonic Band as well as the Fenwick Wind Ensemble and Marian Cadet Bands as champions of their respective divisions. St. Rita is set to again host the State of the Art Festival next year on February 16, 2019.
The Mustang Band looks next to it's Spring Concert on Friday, May 11. The performance is open to all members of the St. Rita community.