By: Mike Swanson
It was a beautiful, sunny, Spring day on Sunday, May 6, 2018; but there are no windows in the auditorium at 7740 S. Western Avenue. The St. Rita Band provided the needed brightness during its annual Spring Band Concert. They shined in their performance on St Rita's newly-named Bernard J. DelGiorno campus.
Over 70 young men performed in four different ensembles on stage, to the delight of hundreds of concert-goers. This year, over 20 band members were part of the beginning band. These Ritamen never picked up an instrument before they walked into St. Rita last August. Now they are performing in public. They have made tremendous strides.
Another highlight of this year’s concert was the addition of the newly-formed St. Rita Choir. Most everyone on campus can’t recall exactly how long it has been since St. Rita offered choir; but everyone is in agreement that the choir is a big success and growing in popularity, despite the long absence from school.
St. Rita Band Director KC Perlberg said, “I’m happy that the concert was a success this year. We’ve been on a tremendous upward trajectory in both participation and skill levels, and I predict both with continue to rise. Even greater things are ahead for the St. Rita Band. I’m happy that our current young men are able to add to legendary history of this important part of St. Rita.”
The St. Rita Band is currently conducting a fundraising campaign for new uniforms. Please visit www.stritahs.com/band to make a donation.