"There were about 500 students that sent in tapes," said M-CHS Music Program Director Rodney Ritthaler.
"To make it is a tremendous honor and reward for a lot of hard work and dedication."
said that auditions began in November and eight M-CHS students were selected, but four were participating in a Knowledge Bowl competition and couldn't make the trip.
It's state for band," Ritthaler
Flores, Lewis and Baake were selected for All-State Concert Band, and Cook will be in All-State Symphonic
, the hardest group to get into according to Ritthaler
added its fun to travel and make music with other students from all over Colorado, and doing so with different ensembles is a good experience for advanced players.
said the feeling of accomplishment is what it's all about as he
students grow as musicians.
"When you're getting good enough to make All-State Band or honors band or even playing in the ensembles here, which are pretty complex, it's not only sheer joy of producing and playing music, but they take that and transfer it to other aspects of their lives," Ritthaler
Ritthaler has been teaching music at M-CHS for 23 years.