On Thursday, April 13, students from 13 different schools descended upon FHS for their 1st Annual Middle School Band Festival. Bands traveled from nearby districts like Lakeville and Northfield, as well as more distant communities like Kasson-Mantorville and Austin. This unique opportunity afforded middle school ensembles an opportunity to perform for their peers in the FHS Recital Hall, as well as spend time working with musical adjudicators. Clinicians for this non-competitive event were John Greene (retired band director, District 196) and Dr. Doug Orzolek (Associate Director of Bands, University of St. Thomas).
The 8th Grade Bands from both Dodge Middle School and Boeckman Middle School took part in the festival, and the day kicked off with a special exhibition performance by the FHS Varsity Band. The festival was organized by band directors Erin Holmes and Bradley Mariska and staffed by student volunteers.