After more than 20 years, Saint Viator’s band program finally nailed it.
At last Saturday’s State of the Art Catholic Band Competition, Saint Viator’s combined symphonic and concert bands were named Grand Champions of the festival.
That’s not all.
The judging panel, which included music professors from the University of Illinois, Illinois State and Harper College, awarded them a Superior Rating for their
performance as well as best brass in Class AAA, best percussion in Class AAA and 1st place among large schools in Class AAA .
“The students had an extremely musical performance,” said Mr. Vince Genualdi, director of bands. “Their hard work and willingness to better themselves paid off.”
Students in both bands polished their three competition pieces every day in class as well as with private instructors. They also had an in-school clinic with David Morrison, former director of bands at Prospect High School and Illinois State Teacher of the Year.
Members of the Knights of Columbus launched State of the Art in 1982 as a way to showcase band programs in Catholic schools and encourage music education. Over the years, the festival has become quite competitive, with Marian Catholic, a nationally ranked band program, setting the bar for excellence.
This year’s festival drew bands from Notre Dame, Resurrection, Nazareth, Fenwick, St. Patrick’s, Mount Carmel, De LaSalle, Brother Rice, Mother McAuley, St. Laurence and Queen of Peace high schools, as well as Bishop Noll Institute from Hammond, IN.
Saint Viator’s first overall title came after winning Most Improved Band last year and in 2013, they finished second in Class AAA, behind Marian Catholic.
“This is incredible news for our band program,” said Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, president, “and for our first year band director, Mr. Vince Genualdi.”