Hundreds of young musicians performed in front of their peers Thursday at the Fourth Annual Appoquinimink Band Festival.

Hundreds of young musicians performed in front of their peers Thursday at the Fourth Annual Appoquinimink Band Festival.

The event, held at Middletown High School, is intended to provide students from schools throughout the Appoquinimink School District with an opportunity to see each other perform and encourage ongoing participation in band from elementary through high school, according to Brian Endlein, director of the Middletown High School Symphonic Band.

"It's a chance for the fifth graders to see what the middle schools are doing and for the middle school students to see what the high school bands are doing," he said. "I think all the performances this year were great, especially considering that it's still early in the school year."

Bands from Bunker Hill Elementary, Redding Middle, Waters Middle, Meredith Middle, Appoquinimink High and Middletown High performed at this year's festival, along with the ASD Combined Middle School Honors Band.

Check out of photo gallery from the event, and be sure to support your local school's band by attending the following evening spring concerts at each school:

May 7 – Waters Middle School

May 7 – Redding Middle School

May 9 – Middletown High School

May 13 – Appoquinimink High School

May 15 – Redding Middle School

May 15 – Meredith Middle School

May 20 – Bunker Hill Elementary

May 20 – Brick Mill Elementary

May 21 – Meredith Middle School

May 22 – Old State Elementary

May 22 – Olive B. Loss Elementary

May 23 – Silver Lake Elementary

May 29 – Cedar Lane Elementary