Fillmore Central’s Nicholas Powell, at left, and Morgan Malley performed with all-state band ensembles during the weekend of Feb. 14 and 15 during the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Mid-Winter Clinic at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
Fillmore Central’s Nicholas Powell, at left, and Morgan Malley performed with all-state band ensembles during the weekend of Feb. 14 and 15 during the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Mid-Winter Clinic at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. SUBMITTED PHOTO
On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, 300 of the finest high school band and orchestra musicians met at the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Mid-Winter Clinic at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Minneapolis. Among these elite performers were Fillmore Central percussionists, Nicholas Powell and Morgan Malley. Nicholas is the son of Lane and Jessie Powell of Harmony and Morgan is the daughter of Travis and Melissa Malley, also of Harmony.

Nick participated in the All-State Symphonic Band, while Morgan performed with the All-State Orchestra.

These two students earned the right to participate in the All-State groups as a result of a stringent audition process held throughout the state. This is Morgan's first appearance in the All-State groups and Nick's second time playing in the All-State Bands!

Minnesota high school musicians are only offered two opportunities to audition for these groups at the end of their sophomore and junior years. It is the highest honor that a high school musician can receive in the state of Minnesota.

The All-State Jazz band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Orchestra rehearsed as full ensembles and in sectionals for approximately six hours per day during their two-day experience. There was a week-long camp held this past August for all of the All-State ensembles.

The February All-State experience culminated with a special performance at the prestigious Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Each group received standing ovations and rave revues for their outstanding achievements!

Special thanks to the Fillmore Central School District for the financial assistance in helping to provide this wonderful opportunity for these talented young people!