Students of Floyd County musician/composer/teacher Mike Mitchell hit Washington Tuesday for a special event leading up to the White House performance of Alison Kraus (above) and other country and bluegrass musicians.

Kraus and singer/musician Brad Paisley discussed music with the students (left), part of an invited group from Virginia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Later, they appeared with singer Charlie Pride at a special concert in the East Room of the White House. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michele Obama attended the event, part of a series of music concerts at the White House. The White House streamed the event live on its web site.  The New York Times and The Associated Press covered the story.

For the students, it was a day they will long remember. For Mitchell, who teaches students to play violin and other instruments at the Floyd County Store and who will soon open a music store in the Station on South Locust, it was well-deserved recognition for his efforts.

(Photos by Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times and Alex Brandon of The Associated Press)