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Tri-state junior high honor band

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Congratulations to the following Fillmore Central 7-8th grade band students on being selected to participate in the 2014 Tri-State Honor Band in Decorah, Iowa, on Saturday, March 1.

Josh Peters, 7th grade trumpet, Alex Mathison, 8th grade trumpet, Alex Love, 8th grade trombone, Kayla Biel, 8th grade trombone, and Matt Lutes, 8th grade tuba.

About the honor band:

The Tri-State Middle School Honor Band was first organized in 1994 and was developed with the intent of providing middle school students a quality performance opportunity. It has been traditionally held the first Saturday in March of each year.

The festival is held in Decorah, located in scenic Northeast Iowa. The town is home to Luther College, the Vesterhiem Museum and many beautiful parks and recreation areas.

The festival includes two bands, one consisting of 7th grade students and the other consisting 8th grade students. Over 100 schools different schools have participated in the festival throughout the years. Schools are represented from all three states which include Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Another priority of the festival is providing educational opportunities for both students and directors. The students are involved in masterclasses, live performances and exploratory situations. Several sessions are planned each year for the specific needs of the middle school band director.

After several hours of practice during the day, a concert is performed in the evening to a packed house. Memoirs available for the students include a copy of the concert program, participation certificates, cd’s and t-shirts.

Guest directors for the ensembles are selected from outstanding middle schools, high schools and colleges from the Tri-State region. This year’ conductors are Rick Kirby, from Ocomowoc, Wis., and James Fritz, from Decorah, Iowa.

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