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M-CHS

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Band Director
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"I have 52 students in the ...

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"I have 52 students in the group and 28 are brand new," said M-CHS band director Rodney Ritthaler, who graduated from M-CHS in 1984. "It's a young group. Once they come in and stick with it, they get better at the high school level."

Experienced or inexperienced, Ritthaler has led the group for the past 14 years.
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"Through body movement, dance, flag choreography, they try to get what's happening on the field musically, on the field visually," Ritthaler said.
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You're in there and you're participating," Ritthaler said.


"There were about 500 students that ...

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"There were about 500 students that sent in tapes," said M-CHS Music Program Director Rodney Ritthaler. "To make it is a tremendous honor and reward for a lot of hard work and dedication."

Ritthaler said that auditions began in November and eight M-CHS students were selected, but four were participating in a Knowledge Bowl competition and couldn't make the trip.
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It's state for band," Ritthaler said.
Flores, Lewis and Baake were selected for All-State Concert Band, and Cook will be in All-State Symphonic, the hardest group to get into according to Ritthaler.
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Ritthaler added its fun to travel and make music with other students from all over Colorado, and doing so with different ensembles is a good experience for advanced players.
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Ritthaler said the feeling of accomplishment is what it's all about as he watches his students grow as musicians.
"When you're getting good enough to make All-State Band or honors band or even playing in the ensembles here, which are pretty complex, it's not only sheer joy of producing and playing music, but they take that and transfer it to other aspects of their lives," Ritthaler said.
Ritthaler has been teaching music at M-CHS for 23 years.


Cortez Journal Online - Cortez Colorado

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MCHS Band Director Rodney Ritthaler thanked the board for approving the band trip to Indianapolis.MCHS took fifth place at the recent 17-band national competition.He said the band students' conduct was good and things went well.

Ritthaler said he'd like for the band to make this trip every two years, adding that it's an effective attraction and retention tool for the band.


M-CHS Band Director Rodney ...

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M-CHS Band Director Rodney Ritthaler was pleased with the band's final performance, despite their drop of one place from the semifinals, where they had finished second, to the final round.

"That's OK," Ritthaler said after hearing the final results."The top three bands were very close.
"They played the best they had all year," he added.
Ritthaler mentioned some of the year's challenges earlier, noting this had been one of his most difficult seasons for getting the band in shape because he had such a high number of freshmen.
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Ritthaler said band students' parents were incredible, and he thanked them for their support.


M-CHS Band Director Rodney ...

www.cortezjournal.com [cached]

M-CHS Band Director Rodney Ritthaler was pleased with the band's final performance, despite their drop of one place from the semifinals, where they had finished second, to the final round.

"That's OK," Ritthaler said after hearing the final results."The top three bands were very close.
"They played the best they had all year," he added.
Ritthaler mentioned some of the year's challenges earlier, noting this had been one of his most difficult seasons for getting the band in shape because he had such a high number of freshmen.
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Ritthaler said band students' parents were incredible, and he thanked them for their support.
"I think I have the best parents in the world," he said.

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