Purdy High School seniors, pictured above, from left, David Thomas and Nat Alden, will play in the All-District Band concert to be held on Jan. 5, 2013 in Webb City. Thomas will play first chair timpani and Alden will play second chair tuba. "To my knowledge they are the first students to make the district honor band from Purdy in a long time," said James Adams, band director. "We tried to make it the first few years. Then we stopped trying so hard and that is when it happened. I think we were trying too hard." Both musicians have participated in the Purdy band program for seven years and will audition for the All-State band in early December.