Three students attending the Art and Science Academy in Isanti were selected to participate in the 49th annual Junior High Honor Band Festival held on Feb. 28.
The event was hosted by the University of Minnesota-Duluth and involved more than 440 students, in grades 7, 8 and 9, from across Minnesota and eastern Wisconsin. Students were nominated by their local music programs to participate in one of the longest running junior high music festivals in the state.
Out of the 440 students participating, 300 were chosen and assigned to one of three honor bands. These students gathered on the UMD campus and spent hours rehearsing under the direction of master conductors. The seven hour day ended with a performance, highlighting the success of the day.
According to Dr. Mark Whitlock, Director of Bands at UMD and the coordinator of the honor band festival, the purpose of this honor band festival is to allow top young musicians the experience of playing with a group of equally talented students and to challenge one another to become stronger, more confident musicians.