A COLLEGE band has been invited to perform at Europe's largest youth music festival in London.
51st State, from Huddersfield, will perform at the National Festival of Music for Youth at the Royal Festival Hall tomorrow.
They were chosen after sending in a video and demo tape in March.
51st State is made up of five music students from Greenhead College.
They are lead guitarist and singer Jon Bell, keyboard player Jonny Bray, drummer Michael Fish, bass guitarist Jonathan Munby and rhythm guitarist Richard Short.
Michael, 16, is from Golcar, Jonathan, 17, is from Barnsley, Jon Bell, 16 and Jonny Bray, 17, are from Salendine Nook and Richard Short, 17, is from Honley.
The band has been together since October 2003 and play rock music with a touch of funk.
"We have our own unique style," Martin said. "We try not to be too light or too heavy, to please everyone."
The band have done a couple of local gigs and are in the Halifax heat of Pulse radio station's Battle of the Bands contest on July 21.
But they are mainly concentrating on writing material. Jon Bell composes the music and his bandmates add their own arrangements.
The band have been practising hard for their performance tomorrow.
They will go up against nine other bands in front of a judging panel.
Groups who impress the judges will be invited to play at the Music for Youth School Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in November.
Michael has been drumming since he was five. He has visited the Albert Hall three times with Kirklees music groups.
His bandmates have all visited the National Festival before with Kirklees music groups, but not the Albert Hall.
Michael said: "It will be a great experience for all of us.
"When you go with a group you have been taught what to do. It will be great to go with my own band, knowing this is something we have done ourselves.
"Everyone has been supportive, our teachers and my parents. Dad built me a studio at home for rehearsals and mum paid for our London trip."