District Honor Band
The District Honor Band Clinic is an annual event that is held for the top musicians in our district. Students are selected by audition. The audition is in December, but preparation begins in late August/early September. In the last two years, we have had 9 students represent Duluth Middle School at the District Honor Band event!
University of Georgia Middle School Honor Band Festival (MidFest)
"MidFest" (established 1990) is a three-day event for middle school band musicians. Students are nominated for participation by their director early in the academic year. MidFest staff selects students to participate based on the order of the director’s submission, the instrumentation need of the festival bands, and the reported musical achievements of each student. Typical festival attendance is approximately 1000 students from 130 schools. Students are placed in festival bands on the basis of an initial audition. These bands rehearse four times before a final performance on the final afternoon of the event. Attendees also enjoy several featured performances by guest middle school bands and the UGA Wind Symphony.
First Year Honor Band
6th grade band students are eligible to be nominated for the District 13 First Year Honor Band. This band is comprised of the most highly recommended beginning band students in District 13. Students nominated for the First Year Honor Band are not only leaders in their instrument sections, but are well-behaved and an excellent representation of the Duluth Middle School Band program.
All-State Honor Band
The All-State Honor Band Clinic is an annual event that occurs in Athens, GA. The top middle school musicians in the state are selected by audition to make up the two All-State Middle School Bands. The District Honor Band audition is December is the first round for All-State. Those who qualify will move on to the second round of All-State in January.