Art focus: Symphonic Band.
Adviser nomination: Crust is the principle trumpet in the Brainerd High School Symphonic Band and plays lead trumpet in the BHS Jazz Ensemble I. The band director said, “He is a talented player with a wonderful work ethic.”
Why do you play the trumpet? “It was the easiest instrument for me when I started in band in sixth grade. When I tried out, I didn’t know what to play. I just wanted to be in band.”
What does music bring to you? “It’s a big part of my life. In school, I’m doing a trumpet ensemble that Mr. (Chris) Fogderud nominated me for. We played at Apollo High School recently and we play in other towns randomly.”
How often do you practice? “Five to six hours a day, which includes my band class. Two of the hours are in school.”
Artist most admired: Louis Armstrong, an American jazz trumpeter.
Memorable fine arts achievement: Becoming principle player in Symphonic Band my junior year.
Last movie you saw in the theater: “Yogi Bear,” in 3D.
Favorite subjects: Math and science.
Clubs: Humanitarian Club.
Favorite restaurant: Poncho and Lefty’s.
College plans: “I might do a double major with music and business or just do a minor in music. The trumpet could be a part of my life after high school.”
How do you like post-secondary educational option classes at Central Lakes College? “It’s really nice. I have a lot more free time and about the same homework. By the end of this school year I’ll have taken 25 credits.”
Parents: James and Jennifer Crust of Brainerd.
Honorable mention: Kala Rohde, senior, Brainonian. The yearbook adviser said, “Kala has been doing an excellent job as editor-in-chief. She has taken on extra work and puts more time into the yearbook than anyone else. Her motivation and hard work have been a great asset.”