Valley Middle School students named to All-State Band

Local students are among 164 selected as exceptional band students statewide.

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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.

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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