On December 3, 2023, while attending the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters’ Association Honor Band, Decorah Middle School 8th grader Nils Peterson was selected into the All-Iowa 8th Grade Honor Band. In order to audition for this honor band, students must be in 8th grade, be selected into the NEIBA Middle School Honor Band, and prepare a selected etude. In addition, Sophia McGee and Addisyn Ivy were invited for a recall audition to be considered for this honor band. Peterson will perform with the honor band at the Iowa Bandmasters’ Association Conference in Des Moines in May.
Mr. Bliven stated, “This is an extremely difficult honor band to get into, and we had several Decorah students give great auditions. This band is equivalent to the high school All-State band, and I was overjoyed to hear that Nils was selected. He is so talented and he will represent himself and the Decorah Band program so well. I’m excited for him to have this opportunity.”