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MHS Band Places 19th at BOA & Earns Prestigious Albert J. Castronovo Esprit de Corps Award.

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Date: 11/15/2021

Mustang High School Marching Band Has Spirit...How About You?

(Mustang, Oklahoma – November 15, 2021) – After the Oklahoma Standard got the Mustang High School Marching Band to Indianapolis for the Bands of America Grand Championship, the Band rewarded all who helped by qualifying for semifinals, finishing nineteenth out of the top one hundred bands in the nation, and by bringing home the prestigious Albert J. Castronovo Esprit de Corps Award.

The Albert J. Castronovo Esprit de Corps Award is a special award presented at the Bands of America Grand National Competition. All bands participating in the Grand Nationals are eligible to receive the award regardless of their scores in the competition. The group that most exhibits pride, spirit, enthusiasm, friendliness, camaraderie, and unity of purpose for the marching band activity is selected to receive the award.

“We could  not be more proud of these students and staff,” Superintendent Charles Bradley said.  “They represented Mustang and all of Oklahoma extremely well, and all of their hard work paid off.  We are thankful for the outpouring of support and for those who volunteered their time or to drive, offered throughs/prayers, or just shared our story.  We are eternally grateful; this has restored our faith in humanity.  It is amazing what we can accomplish when everyone works together toward a common goal.”

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About the Albert J. Castronovo Esprit de Corps Award

The Esprit de Corps Award was first awarded in 1978. It was later renamed the "Al Castronovo Esprit de Corps Award" in 1987 after his death. Since then, one band has received the award at each year's Grand National Championship competition except for 1993 and 2012, when two groups tied and both were presented with the award. The BOA staff, Grand National event staff, and volunteers are asked to nominate a band to receive the award. The BOA executive staff reviews nominees and makes the final selection. In 2016, the family of Al Castronovo was also involved in selecting the winning group and presenting the award.

About Mustang Public Schools

The Mustang Public School District covers over 72 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,500 certified and support employees. As one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces, the school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education. 
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