The LBJ Advanced Orchestra had been preparing for state competition since January, and all their hard work paid off when the group placed first in the recent NMAA State Orchestra contest at Volcano Vista High School, winning the middle school division and equaling the marks of the highest-performing high school in the process.
"There were three judges and our scores were 97, 98, and 99 (out of 100 points)," said Orchestra teacher Karen Schindwolf. "They did everything right. They were focused, they listened to each other and performed beautifully as a group."
The orchestra played "Ocean Storm" by Antonia Vivaldi and "For the Star of County Down," a medley of Irish folk tunes.
"Judges graded us on playing in tune, playing together, technique, interpretation and style, among other things," Schindwolf explained. "They really rose to the occasion to demonstrate what superior musicians they really are.
"This is a close-knit group. I am so proud of these students and the heart they put into playing each and every day. A big thank you to all of them!"