Most of the junior high musicians who have earned a special honor have played an instrument for less than two years.
But already, 13 middle school and freshman students in Johnson County have been named some of the best band musicians in the state.
Students in Center Grove, Franklin and Edinburgh have been named to the Indiana Junior All-State Band.
They represent a good portion of the 100 students in Grades 7-9 chosen for what band directors refer to as one of the toughest bands to make for a junior high student.
The students had to compete against students in some of the biggest middle school and high school bands in the state.
“To my students, it is one of the most prestigious things they can be selected for in middle school,” said Sam Fritz, director of bands at Center Grove Middle School Central.
Students selected for all-state band will go to Fort Wayne to rehearse and will perform at the Indiana Band Masters convention.