The Hughes Middle School Intermediate String Orchestra earned a “Unanimous Superior” rating at the Regional Southern California School Band and Orchestra Festival held recently at Kennedy High School in La Palma. Only 5 percent of the groups that participate in the Regionals earn the coveted Unanimous Superior.
The festival included sight-reading (playing a piece students had never seen before). The Hughes musicians earned the highest grades possible from each judge.
Several Hughes Symphony Orchestra musicians also earned Superior ratings at the Regional Solo/Ensemble Festival. Students distinguishing themselves were Budampet Ramundam, violin; Vanessa Wilder, piano; Yuqi Ma, violin; Bray Turner, trumpet; and Colin deCure, violin.