STAMFORD — Over 200 young musicians will perform at Westhill High School Thursday night in the city’s All-District Concert Band Festival.

The performance will feature eighth grade musicians as well as bands from Westhill, Stamford High School and the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering.

The performance is the second of what Westhill Band Director Michael Wyatt hopes will become an annual tradition.

Wyatt said that while the performance allowed the district to showcase its musical achievements, it also served a

“We wanted to bridge the gap between eighth and ninth grade in terms of music,” he said.

Two of the night’s four performances will feature high school bands playing alongside bands from the middle schools in their district — Westhill will play with Cloonan and Turn of River Middle School musicians while Stamford High will join bands from Rippowam, Rogers and Dolan.

Wyatt said it was too early to tell if the concert helped young musicians making the leap to high school. But so far, he said, it passed the “first year litmus test.”

“This year I had a fantastic freshman class,” he said. “They were big, they were energized, and they love it.”

Thursday’s concert is free and open to the public. It starts at 7:30 p.m.