Five Fillmore Central seventh and eighth grade band students were selected to participate in the 2014 Tri-State Honor Band in Decorah on Saturday, March 1.

The students selected are: Josh Peters, seventh grade trumpet; Alex Mathison, eighth grade trumpet; Alex Love, eighth grade trombone; Kayla Biel, eighth grade trombone; and Matt Lutes, eighth grade tuba.

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 includes two bands, one consisting of seventh grade students and the other consisting eighth grade students. Over 100 schools different schools have participated in the festival throughout the years. Schools are represented from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Another priority of the festival is providing educational opportunities for both students and directors. The students are involved in master classes, 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, CDs 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.