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Perry Bands Announce Sousa Award Winner

Trent Ivey Receives Prestigious Honor

Posted by Uplift Shiawassee at 7:55am 5/28/18

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Amira Lovejoy

2018 Perry graduate Trent Ivey is this year’s recipient of the prestigious John Philip Sousa Award. The award was presented at the annual band banquet by Director of Bands, Garret Ernst. 



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The John Philip Sousa Award is the pinnacle of achievement for high school band students. Created in 1955, the award was developed with the cooperation of Helen Sousa Albert and Priscilla Sousa, daughters of the famous composer and bandmaster, to honor the top student in a high school band who embodies superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation.

Trent began his band career as fifth-grader learning to play the saxophone under Mr. Ernst’s instruction. His many activities as a Perry band student included playing tenor saxophone in the marching band, concert band, and pep band, earning several 1st-division ratings at Solo and Ensemble festivals, performing solos and in ensembles at band concerts, as well as dependably volunteering at the many band events. Trent was a tenor sax mentor, held the position of saxophone section leader, and had the honor of being drum major of the Perry Marching Ramblers for two years. Attending the Drum Major Clinic at MSU's Performing Arts Marching Band Auxiliary Camp during the last two summers, he received the Big 10 Award for outstanding performance and leadership his senior year.

In the fall, Trent will attend the School of Kinesiology in the University of Michigan, at which he plans to major in Athletic Training. Trent states that, “I owe all of my success to my mom, as she has pushed me steadfastly throughout my life whether I wanted to be pushed or not.” Trent is the son of Clark and Lisa Ivey and has two older siblings, Brett and Megan.

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