Tri-State Honor Band

March 7, 2015


The Tri-State Middle School Honor Band was first organized in 1994 and was developed with the intent of providing middle school students a quality performance opportunity. It has been traditionally held the first Saturday in March of each year.

The festival is held in Decorah, located in scenic Northeast Iowa. The town is home to Luther College, the Vesterhiem Museum and many beautiful parks and recreation areas.

The festival includes two bands, one consisting of 7th grade students and the other consisting 8th grade students. Over 100 schools different schools have participated in the festival throughout the years. Schools are represented from all three states which include Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Another priority of the festival is providing educational opportunities for both students and directors. The students are involved in masterclasses, live performances and exploratory situations. Several sessions are planned each year for the specific needs of the middle school band director.

After several hours of practice during the day, a concert is performed in the evening to a packed house. Memoirs available for the students include a copy of the concert program, participation certificates, cd's and t-shirts.

Guest directors for the ensembles are selected from outstanding middle schools, high schools and colleges from the Tri-State region.

We are supported in part by the Decorah Music Boosters and Kephart’s Music Center.



Emily Hahn

Honor Band Chair

contact information

HS 563-382-3643

MS 563-382-8427

MS fax 563-387-4052

voice mail ext. 1121

Decorah Middle School

405 Winnebago St.

Decorah, Iowa   52101