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Four Valley Students Selected to Junior High All-State Band

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                               

February 24, 2021

Four Valley Students Selected to Junior High All-State Band

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Four students from Valley Middle School have been selected as members of the 2021 North Dakota National Band Association’s (NDNBA) Junior High All-State Band.

Mirko Drago (trombone), Aidan Fiala (clarinet), Parker Forschen (tuba), and Gretta Gebhard (trumpet) were among those selected from a group of 164 students who submitted a recorded audition.

Their band teacher is Tim Knabe.

The NDNBA Board canceled the 2021 festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of the students will receive a “swag bag” as a token of celebration from the NDNBA.

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 acknowledgment of student achievement at the junior high level.

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