Perhaps the greatest achievement for a high school musician in Iowa is getting selected to be a part of the All-State music festival.
In order to do this a musician must audition and be good enough to fill one of the limited spots. This year 31 Washington performers got selected to be a part of one of these illustrious ensembles, but one of these musicians stands out.
Tyler Cruise, ’19, has become an All-Stater all four of his high school years, a tremendous accomplishment. Cruise has become just the fifth four year All-Stater in the band in 18 years, the most recent being Katherine Benya, ’15, and Sarah Lodge, ’15.
Cruise has been playing clarinet for 10 years, and been practicing throughout that time to grow as a musician. For the past six years, Cruise has been taking lessons with Bart Yates. Yates is proud of the growth he has seen in Cruise, and thinks he is very deserving about these accomplishments.
“It’s awesome that he got into the All State Band all four years, and it’s lots of fun for me to have a student like Tyler who can perform at that level. I’ve always been impressed by Tyler’s good nature. He’s unfailingly kind and cheerful, and even though he’s had a lot of success in music, he’s never let it go to his head,” Yates said.
Cruise has a list of accomplishments and groups he has been a part of, including being a three time section leader in the marching band, the Revolutionists, show choir back up band and the musical pit, but without a doubt his proudest achievement is making the All-State band. “I would say it’s pretty important to me,” Cruise said “from the time when I was an eighth grader I knew I wanted to be a four year All-Stater.”
Cruise has accomplished something many high schooler musicians only dream about, and he did it four years in a row. Cruise has achieved the rarest of high school musical achievement and has proven his musical ability from the first day he stepped into band room.