Eleven Westerville middle school students were chosen to play in the 2014 Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band Festival. Nearly 800 from across Ohio were nominated, and 360 chosen for the honor.

Eleven Westerville middle school students were chosen to play in the 2014 Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band Festival. Nearly 800 from across Ohio were nominated, and 360 chosen for the honor.

Selected to participate from Blendon are Kaylee Lucero, grade eight, clarinet; Natalie Reichert, grade eight, bassoon; Deston Ferguson, seventh grade, trombone; and Bart Younkin, seventh grade, tuba.

Heritage participants are Jordan Keller, seventh grade, French horn;Trevor Vestal, seventh grade, baritone saxophone; Edward Jewell, eighth grade, baritone saxophone; and Ian Wesley, eighth grade, trombone.

Participants from Walnut Springs are Mackenzie Arens, eighth grade, tenor saxophone; Sabrina Davis, seventh grade, flute; and Nader Omran, seventh grade, tuba.

If students selected for participation are unable to take part, an alternate for that position will be invited.

Blendon alternates are Jackson Nixon, eighth grade, tuba; Troy Taylor, eighth grade, saxophone; Tori Perdue, seventh grade, trumpet; and Lilia Rogers, seventh grade, percussion.

Heritage alternates are Abigail Messina, eighth grade B-flat clarinet; Nate Kinser, eighth grade, French horn; Zachary Ryan, seventh grade, alto saxophone; and Emily Stowers, seventh grade, alto saxophone.

Walnut Springs alternates are Josh Coffey, eighth grade, trumpet; Jason Brown, eighth grade, trumpet; Kaleigh Rudge eighth grade, flute; and Cassady Doel, seventh grade, alto saxophone.

The 2014 OSU Middle School Honor Band Festival will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, in Mershon Auditorium on the campus of Ohio State University.

A free public performance will begin at 4 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium.