Instrument: Alto Saxophone
Current School: Charles Flowers High School, 10TH Grade
Background: Langston Hughes II is a multitalented musician, he has been playing saxophone for over 7 years and also plays tuba/sousaphone. He began piano lessons in 2016 at the FAME Music Studio. He says that he has always enjoyed listening and playing music from a very young age; and noted “My family and friends would always try to get me to play a sport and I always just wanted to focus on music. My plan is to pursue music throughout my life.”
Currently Langston is a sophomore at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, MD taking Advanced Placement classes with a 3.9 GPA. He is first chair saxophonist in the concert band and his school’s jazz band, he is also first chair sousaphonist in the marching band. His school band director stated that “since his first day in high school, Langston has displayed a great tone, sense of rhythm and timing, sight-reading skills and a quick learner. Along with his musical skills, Langston is a mature, dependable, responsible and respectful young man.”
Langston attended FAME’s Summer Music Technology and Academic programs and Songwriting Workshop in 2016. During this period he discovered other interests and talents, recording music and writing music.
FAVORITE MUSICIANS: Gerald Albright and Grover Washington.
“MUSIC IS… A way of expression”
Personal Statement: Participating in the FAME Jazz Band Program (FJBP) since its establishment in 2015 as a 9th grader has really increased my musicianship and broadened my music world. Although I had not played jazz at school when I auditioned for FJBP, I knew in my spirit that jazz was for me; therefore, I was determined to do my best during the audition.
The weekly training with FJBP’s Artistic Director, Nat Adderley, Jr., has provided me exposure to complex music, a greater appreciation for jazz and music excellence. Additionally, FAME’s emphasis on academic excellence for all musicians and providing one-on one STEM tutoring has also made a major difference in my life; it has helped me elevate my grades and career outlook.