Nonprofits help Long Beach USD fill arts education void

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The day before directing a professional orchestra in front of thousands at the Long Beach Arena, conductor Matt Catingub was up early standing in front of about two dozen young musicians in a small middle school band room.

The Hughes Middle School students were far less experienced than the members of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra he would direct the next day as part of their Pops! concert series, but Catingub was still excited to hear the young music students perform songs like “Santa Baby.”

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