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*Munster Marching Band Fundraiser*
This Munster community event benefits the Munster Marching Mustangs and their quest for new uniforms and instruments! Join us for a night of true talent as Munster School Students take centerstage in the spotlight showcasing a variety of talents to compete to be crowned this year’s champion and win $250. All of the excitement and show biz energy of television talent contestant shows enjoys a recreation on the Theatre at the Center stage Munster High School Director of Bands Bret Winterheimer is joined by Munster Band Alumnus and WXRT Radio Personality Joel Ratajack, Post-Tribune Entertainment Columnist Phil Potempa and Douglas Goodwin, Director of Bands at Helfrich Park STEM Academy of Evansville as the celebrity judging panel

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
7:00 p.m.

VIP: $30 (Row A Seating)
Adults: $20
Students (ages 3 to 18): $15

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Enjoy desserts, fruits and refreshments in the CVPA dining room and stop by and enter to win a gift card or basket at one of the Vendor Tables!



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2019 Munster's Got Talent Judges Panel

Bret Winternheimer

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Bret Winternheimer is the director of at Munster High School. Since arriving in 2010, the marching band has qualified for the ISSMA Marching Band State finals in 2011 (first appearance in school history), 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as the bands’ first ever Semi-State Finalist appearance in 2010. The Concert ensembles have received numerous awards as well, including ISSMA Concert Band State Finals appearances in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The first ever Munster Winter Percussion Ensemble was founded in 2016, and was crowned the Bronze Medalist at the Indiana Percussion Assoc. State Finals in SCO Class in 2016, the Silver Medalist in 2017 and the Gold Medalist in 2018. In 2016, the Munster Winter Guard was crowned the Gold Medalist in the Midwest Color Guard Circuit Championships in class AA in their first competitive season. The Munster Bands were awarded the ISSMA All-Band Award in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Prior to Munster, Mr. Winternheimer was the band director at Perry Central Community Schools in Leopold, Ind. for one year, where the band earned a Gold Rating at ISSMA Festival Contest. He also was the Director of Bands at Gibson Southern High School. While at GS, the marching band was named the ISSMA Class “C” State Champions in 2007, and a Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist in 2008. The concert bands at Gibson Southern qualified for the ISSMA Concert Band State Finals in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Mr. Winternheimer took the position of band director at Shadow Hills Intermediate School in Palmdale, Calif. Mr. Winternheimer is originally from Owensville, Ind. and a graduate of Gibson Southern High School in Ft. Branch, Ind.. He attended Indiana State University as a Creative and Performing Arts Scholar on Saxophone and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education. Mr. Winternheimer also holds a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education (Phi Kappa Phi) from Auburn University, as well as being licensed as an English as a Second Language teacher in the State of Indiana.

Doug Goodwin

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Doug Goodwin currently serves as the Director of Bands at the Helfrich Park STEM Academy in Evansville, Ind. He has established a fine reputation as an educator, guest conductor, drill designer, clinician and judge throughout the United States. Receiving his undergraduate degree from Ball State University, he earned his Masters in Wind Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. Doug began his career as the Assistant Director at Gibson Southern High School, which earned the titles of BOA Regional Class Champions and Indiana Class C State Champions during his tenure. His indoor percussion and winter guards have been named as State Champions and Regional champions in a variety of classes, in multiple state circuits. While teaching at Scottsburg High School, he founded the Concert Percussion Ensemble, which was named a WGI Open Class finalist at the World Championships and the WGI Mid-South Regional Class Champion in just their third year of existence. He also feels blessed to currently be serving as the visual designer The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2018, he was named the Vanderburgh County Teacher of the Year. He is very proud of many previous students who have went on to study music education or performance and currently serve as music teachers and performers in many drum corps, bands and professional orchestras across the US. He currently resides in Evansville, Ind. with his wife Lydia, daughter Magnolia and son Anderson.

Philip Potempa

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Philip Potempa joined Theatre at the Center as Marketing Director in November 2015. He began covering the theater, dining and entertainment scene in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois for The South Bend Tribune in 1992, before joining The Times of Northwest Indiana and Illinois in 1995 and worked as a features writer and daily entertainment newspaper columnist for more than two decades. Now, his Of Notoriety entertainment column and his weekly From the Farm recipe column and other feature stories appear in The Post-Tribune and The Chicago Tribune’s newspaper chain as well as at He is the author of three published books chronicling stories, interviews, recipes and memories from his personal and professional experiences. Released in May 2010, his third book, "Further From the Farm" (Pediment Press) continued the chronicle of his journalism journey and features favorite celebrated stories from his interviews, including Mary Tyler Moore, Lily Tomlin, Julia Child, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, Betty White, Karl Malden, Phil Donahue and Bea Arthur. He also is an adjunct instructor in communication at both Valparaiso University and Purdue University North Central. When not lecturing in a classroom or in a theater seat, Philip divides his time between his family's farm in Northwest Indiana and his home in Chicago.

Joel Ratajack

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Joel Ratajack is a Chicago radio personality and a 2011 graduate of Munster High School who has found members of being on the drumline of the Munster Mustangs Marching Band. Today, he works for Entercom Communications as an Integrated Marketing Account Executive for 93XRT, WBBM-AM, 670 The Score, US99, B96 and 104.3 Jams. He is the founder of a nonprofit organization that produces and promotes an annual benefit music festival called Rockopelli that supports charity causes throughout Northwest Indiana. Teamed with his broadcast friends, he currently plays bass and drums in a their own band. Joel lives in Chicago and has a 3-year-old yellow lab named Mary Lou.