Above: 7th Grade DMS students participating in Tri-State MS Honor were, from left (front row): Dhruv Amin, Cameron Delong, Lars Marquardt, Sarah Mumford, Sara Gehling, Kaitlyn Walter, Solomon Thompson; (back row): Sawyer Vandenbrink, Berndt Bohr, Evie Holyoake, Jordyn Hussain, Mya Herrmann, and Daniel Schwartzhoff. (Submitted photo)
Above: 7th Grade DMS students participating in Tri-State MS Honor were, from left (front row): Dhruv Amin, Cameron Delong, Lars Marquardt, Sarah Mumford, Sara Gehling, Kaitlyn Walter, Solomon Thompson; (back row): Sawyer Vandenbrink, Berndt Bohr, Evie Holyoake, Jordyn Hussain, Mya Herrmann, and Daniel Schwartzhoff. (Submitted photo)
Twenty-five student members of the Decorah Middle School Band Department participated in the 20th Annual Tri-State Middle School Honor Band Saturday, March 1. 

Liz Fritz originated the festival in 1994 to create an exceptional opportunity for DMS students to participate in an honor band. As this was the 20th annual event, three original compositions were commissioned by Fritz to commemorate the event.

Michael Golemo, Iowa State University director of bands, composed an original work entitled “Say What?!” Rick Kirby, of Oconomowoc, Wis., composed two original works entitled “Through the Eyes of the Dragon” and “The Legend of Tizona.”  

Following a full day of rehearsals at Decorah High School, the students presented a grand finale concert in the DHS auditorium that evening.