Gwen Petrillo, at left, and Nicholas Powell participated in the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Band Camp during the week of Aug. 6-11 on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Gwen Petrillo, at left, and Nicholas Powell participated in the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Band Camp during the week of Aug. 6-11 on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
This past week, Aug. 6 to 11, 200 of the finest high school band musicians met at the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Band Camp on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Among these elite performers were Fillmore Central flutist Gwen Petrillo and percussionist Nicholas Powell.

Gwen is the daughter of Gerri Black and Nicholas is the son of Lane and Jessica Powell.

These two students earned the right to participate in the all-state concert band as a result of a stringent audition process held throughout the state this past March.

The All-State Jazz band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band rehearsed as full ensembles and in sectionals for approximately eight hours per day during their week-long camp. The week culminated with a concert at Duluth East High School on Saturday. The All-State bands will reconvene this coming February for a special performance at the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic in downtown Minneapolis.

The Fillmore Central Fine Arts Trust Fund, the Harmony Fire Department and the Preston Fire Department generously provided financial assistance to help provide this wonderful opportunity for these talented young people!