Approximately 350 seventh and eighth grade musicians from 40 Northwest Iowa schools auditioned Oct. 13 for places in one of two equal bands.
The students had to memorize scales, prepare two selected etudes and do sight-reading for a judge.
Admission for the concert is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Students from the Le Mars Community Middle School participating in the festival are: eighth grade students Megan Connor, clarinet; Alexandra Pick, clarinet; Kajsa Hallberg, horn; Tessa Hansen, trumpet; Cole Berkenpas-trombone, Mary Meis, percussion; and Sydney Rand, percussion; and seventh grade students Chloé Evans, clarinet; Sarah Benton, horn and Andrea Barrett, horn.
Mary Kay Benton is their band director.
In addition to being chosen for the northwest Iowa band, Hallberg was also selected to be part of the All-Iowa Middle School State Honor Band, that will be held in Des Moines on May 9.
Seventh grade student Carlyn Bretey, flute, will represent Gehlen Catholic Schools in the band. Her directors at Gehlen are Paul Niebuhr and Cliff McMurray.
Guest conductors for the 2012 honor band festival will be Dr. Gary Reeves, of Vermillion, S.D., and David Ruft, of Forest City, Iowa.
Reeves is the director of bands at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
Run is currently the director of high school bands at Forest City High School.