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