Craig education briefs for Dec. 13, 2014: MCHS trumpet player receives honors | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig education briefs for Dec. 13, 2014: MCHS trumpet player receives honors

Lauren Blair

— Moffat County High School senior Ryan Secules was recently selected as lead trumpet in the Colorado All-State Small Schools Jazz Band for the second year in a row.

The band will perform at 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs for the Colorado Music Education Association State Convention. Participants will rehearse for the performance for 2 1/2 days prior to the performance.

Secules has played under the direction of band director John Bolton since the seventh grade.

"The kid works hard," Bolton said. "He listens a lot, he researches, he works until he has it… He's just very connected to doing this kind of thing."

Last year, Secules made all-state in orchestra, band and jazz band, a triple feat that Bolton said he has never before seen in his career.

"Ryan has really set himself apart in terms of Moffat County history," Bolton said.

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