The El Rodeo Middle School Concert Band and Chamber String Orchestra were both top trophy winners at the Forum Music Festival Judges’ Invitational Competition held at Fullerton College last Friday. Competition included ensembles from all over California, Arizona and Nevada. The judges, who used a nationally-recognized scoring rubric, praised El Rodeo students for their superior musical performances, and awarded scores that placed El Rodeo among the top 10 percent in the nation. Pictured, (from left): First row-Sasha Avakyan, Jaida Rocha, Elliot Katz, Quincy Smith, Ryan Dubin, Aidan Dveirin and Elijah Talassazan; 2nd row-Trevor Dohm, Nolan Dzubak, Sam Wolf, Matthew Smoller, Sam Behboodi, Joey Austin and Erika Butler; 3rd row-Oliver Booth, Ben Lifschitz, Ari Maman, Cole Parker, Matthew Kassorla, Lina Chen, Celine Albarian, Tamar Shoumer, Dr. Andrea Kay, Alex McDermott and Harrison Stone; Top row-Jack Wilson, Ryan Fernandez, Nolan Krutonog, James Blauvelt, Matthew Allana, Jared Warren, Luke Jankowski, Ian MacDonald, Brian Rund and Jacob Lee.
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