Melissa High School Mighty Cardinal Band student Cale Hayes was recently named an Outstanding Performer at the 2017 Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest.

Hayes is a bass trombonist and section leader in the Mighty Cardinal Band, and he begins his senior year this August.

According to the University Interscholastic League (UIL), approximately 100,000 students participated in regional music contests and 25,000 students performed at the Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest. From there, only two-to-three percent of solo performers were distinguished as an Outstanding Performer; one being Hayes.

Hayes received a draped medal and a letter of recognition from Dr. Bradley N. Kent, UIL State Director of Music.