Valley Middle School students named to All-State Band
Local students are among 164 selected as exceptional band students statewide.
Several middle school students in Grand Forks have been selected as members of the 2021 North Dakota National Band Association (NDNBA) Junior High All-State Band.
The Valley Middle School students are Mirko Drago, trombone; Aidan Fiala, clarinet; Parker Forschen, tuba; and Gretta Gebhard, trumpet. They are among 164 students who were selected on the basis of a recorded audition.
Their band teacher is Tim Knabe.
The NDNBA canceled the 2021 festival because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each student, however, will receive a “swag bag” as a token of celebration from the NDNBA, according to the Grand Forks school district.
The mission of the festival is to provide a unique educational experience and musical opportunity for exceptional junior high band students; an opportunity for students to work with a noted guest conductor and talented instrumentalists; and recognition of student achievement at the junior high level.