Chicago Tribune: “Marching Mustangs Shine”

Thanks to Ken Soens who points out the Chicago Tribune ran an article today on the Marching Mustangs performance at Wheeling High School this past weekend.

“Marching Mustangs Shine at 43rd Annual Chicagoland Marching Band Festival”

The Rolling Meadows High School Marching Mustangs started their competition season on Sept. 25 as they competed in the 43rd Annual Chicagoland Marching Band Festival at Wheeling High School. In Class AA, the RMHS ensemble captured several top awards, including 1st place–Best Color Guard, 1st place–Best Music, 2nd place–Best General Effect, and 2nd place Overall, narrowly missing 1st place by .05 of a point.

“The kids had a great week of rehearsals that was evident in the level of their performance,” commented director Christopher Buti. Other local bands that performed well in this contest included Elk Grove High School (3rd place for Class AA) and Prospect High School (1st place for Class AAA).

This year’s RMHS show, titled “PYRAMIDS OF EGYPT,” includes the following musical selections:  “Construction,” “Discovery,” and “Curse of the Pharaohs.” The music is enhanced by colorful flag choreography and costuming, as well as a drum feature and intricate drill maneuvers. The performances are under the direction of student drum majors, Maddie Conlin, Joe Palmer, and Anna Tam.  The band directors are Chris Buti and Joshua Stewart, assisted in percussion by Dan Bertermann.  Camp staff included Laura Bertermann, Jonny Untch, Zach Geller, Tom Odon, T.J. MItchell, and Carrie Kruschel.

Remaining performances for the award-winning marching ensemble include the following: RMHS Homecoming football game on Oct. 1, St. Rita Marching Contest on Oct. 3, Sandwich Renegade Marching Contest on Oct. 17, another home football game on Oct. 22, and the Band-O-Rama Concert on Oct. 27.  For more information about the RMHS Marching Mustangs, contact the band office at (847) 718-5752 or visit the website, <>.