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2nd Annual St. Rita Night At Sox Game Becomes New Tradition

St. Rita and the Chicago White Sox—two legendary south side institutions with intertwining histories. Both were founded in the first years of the 20th century. The White Sox were founded in 1901 and St. Rita started in 1905. Many students from the 63rd Street Campus fondly recall the Opening Day walk-a-thons from 63rd and Claremont to Comiskey Park at 35th and Shields. The walk-a-thon partnership was so strong that the White Sox granted tickets to St. Rita for the Opening Day of the New Comiskey Park in 1991, when the walk-a-thon originated at the new 77th Street Campus. St. Rita Hall of Fame member Ed Farmer ’67 was a standout pitcher for the Sox and is currently the Sox radio announcer. The histories almost seem more than coincidental. For instance, did you know that the last weekend of games for Comiskey Park in 1990 was also the last weekend that St. Rita Stadium at the 63rd Street Campus hosted a St. Rita Football game? Fr. Bernard Danber, O.S.A. ‘68 who was St. Rita principal at the time, remembers WGN-TV covering the significance of the simultaneous end of the line for the two iconic stadiums. Also, not-so-coincidentally, Fr. Danber is the White Sox chaplain. The Sox and St. Rita even have similar lines in their fight songs, with the Sox using "Go Go White Sox!", and of course, all Mustang fans know the line "Go Rita Go!"

Nick Schultz, Kevin O’Hara, Ryan Caulfield, and JP Hernandez perform the National Anthem before the Sox Game on Monday, April 23, 2018

Ernie Mrozek ‘71 Throws out first pitch

It just seemed right to revive and strengthen the St. Rita/White Sox partnership in 2017 with a St. Rita Night at the Sox game. That tradition continued this year with the second annual St. Rita Night at Guaranteed Rate Field for the Sox vs. Mariners game on Monday, April 23. The first 750 Fans purchasing tickets through a special link provided by the White Sox were given free co-branded St. Rita/White Sox Hats. Also, a portion of the proceeds was donated by the White Sox to St. Rita.

Before the game, the St. Rita Jazz Band, under the direction of KC Perlberg played the National Anthem and our very own Chairman of the Board Ernie Mrozek ’71 threw out the first pitch. The Sox even played a St. Rita video on the scoreboard video screen for the entire crowd to see. Needless to say, the Sox did not disappoint the St. Rita faithful, securing a 10-4 victory with hot bats on a chilly night over the Mariners.

St. Rita Welcomes WCIU, The U's Morning Show in anticipation of tonight's Game of the Week

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St. Rita High School was featured today on WCIU, The U’s morning show, The Jam.  The show’s man about town, Jon Hansen spent the morning with the St. Rita Marching Band and St. Rita cheerleaders in anticipation of tonight’s WCIU, The U Game of the Week – the much anticipated St. Rita vs. Mount Carmel matchup.

Check out the footage on the Jam's Facebook Page.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it on the U-Too!  The varsity game will air on the U-Too at 7:30 pm. Viewers can find The U Too on WCIU-TV 26.2, XFINITY 230/360, RCN 35, Dish 48, AT&T U-verse 24 and WOW 107.

Or, come out to the game, stay for the party and then watch the replay this weekend! All St. Rita fans, adults, and friends are encouraged and invited to attend the Oktoberfest event after the game ends. There will be great food, refreshments, and music for all!  

Encore broadcasts of the game can be seen Saturday at 6 PM and Sunday at 9 AM over on WMEU 48.2, Comcast 359, RCN 32 and WOW 184!

Go Rita Go!

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St. Rita Band Performs Annual Spring Concert for Large Crowd During Fine Arts Evening.

Chicago, IL - St. Rita of Cascia High School hosted it's popular Spring Fine Arts Evening at school on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in conjunction with the Annual St. Rita Spring Band Concert. The Van Leuven Family Research Center was the site for the juried art show, run by Mrs. Robyn Kurnat. The student-created art was on display after school and throughout the evening, including the band concert intermission.   

Free student admission to the band concert combined with great musical talent and creative artwork makes the event one of the best spring events on campus.

First-year Band Director KC Perlberg said, "One important thing I've learned in my first year (after arriving from Michigan State University) is the St. Rita Band has a very strong legacy. Its history is so integral to the traditions at St. Rita. The band has gained several new members and grown in capability during this academic year. I believe the spring concert was a turning point for us. It will provide momentum for a great year in 2016-17. We look forward to building on our success as we continue our traditions with even greater school pride and spirit." 

 

Leo Manning '16

Rick Pikowski '16

 

Recently, during the St. Rita Band Banquet at Beverly Country Club, Senior Leo Manning (Queen of Martyrs) was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and Senior Rick Pikowski (St. Mary Star of the Sea) was awarded the John Philip Sousa Band Award.

 

Trevor Scianna '17

Jon Paul Hernandez '18

 

The 2016-17 St. Rita Band captains have also been chosen. Junior Trevor Scianna (St. Hubert - Hoffman Estates) will serve his second year as Drumline Captain and Sophomore Jon Paul Hernandez (St. Gabriel) will serve as Hornline Captain.


Spring Band Concert Photo Gallery

The St. Rita Band has a very strong legacy. Its history is so integral to the traditions at St. Rita
— KC Perlberg

St. Rita Band Completes Ever-Popular Grammar School Tour

Communities of faith, knowledge and service--that was the theme for the Archdiocese of Chicago's Annual Catholic Schools Week celebration. The St. Rita Jazz Band, accompanied by the St. Rita Drumline and Mr. Mustang, was lucky to be able to visit nine vibrant communities of faith, knowledge and service during their annual Grammar School Tour this year.

They travel far and wide and see many different audiences; but performing before thousands of Catholic grade school students in the City of Chicago and suburbs is still one of the most enjoyable events for members of the St. Rita Band and Band Director KC Perlberg. The level of engagement and enthusiasm from the grammar schools students, faculty and staff is contagious and electrifying!

We'd like to offer a special thanks to the following schools for hosting the St. Rita Band!

 Christ the King

Queen of Martyrs

St. Bede

St. Barnabas

St. Cajetan

St. Catherine

St. Christina

St. Gabriel

St. John Fisher