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A special thanks to drama coach Nicholaus Sandner for access to the stage and sound and lighting, and to band director Rodney Ritthaler for chairs, music stands, tympani and all other things musical.

Instruments of pride: The MCHS band | Four Corners Free Press

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It has been a finalist in the state competition 30 years of the past 31, according to band director Rodney Ritthaler.

Ritthaler says in regards to the success of the band program at MCHS, "We have total support from the board and the administration. They really value the band as an important part of education."
He's been head director for 13 years and was the assistant director under Gary Hall for 10 years prior to that.
Tess MontaƱo, who was a band member (flute and percussion) during the transition between Hall and Ritthaler, said both directors were outstanding, each in his own way.
Ritthaler encouraged students to excel within the band as a whole."
Jacque Cook, a parent, added, "Ritthaler has an amazing talent for making the marching band sound like an orchestra on the field."
It takes a lot of work, and seems a little chaotic in the beginning, but Ritthaler has a way of pulling it all together."
Kyle Baacke, another current band member, said, "Ritthaler has a great deal of respect for his students and that respect is returned."
"It's great because Rodney can use this money for whatever he needs since it's not coming from the district," said Cook.

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Director: Rodney Ritthaler

"It is absolutely outstanding," Director ...

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"It is absolutely outstanding," Director Rodney Ritthaler said.

Ritthaler said the students start early to achieve mastery over the music and drill before competition season arrives.
"I hand out the music at the end of the previous school year, and they we really start the last week of July," Ritthaler said.
"I try each day to get them a little bit further in learning the drill," Ritthaler said.
"First and foremost, it is the Re-1 school district, the administration, the high school and the school board, who continue to support music in our schools," Ritthaler said.

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"We received a final score of 68.83, which puts us in third place overall in the state," band Director Rodney Ritthaler said.

The top score of 69.93 is held by Conifer High School.Pueblo County High School is second at 69.77.
"We're all tightly bunched up there," Ritthaler said.
Ritthaler was headed to Wyoming Friday morning to judge the Wyoming State Marching Festival.

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