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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.

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, 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.

Posted by ernstg  On May 25, 2018 at 7:41 PM 3 Comments
  

This brief note is to serve as a reminder and invitation for you and your family to attend the High School Band Banquet.  It will take place on Thursday, May 24th, at 6:00 p.m., in the High School Cafeteria.  As part of tradition, we are asking that each family bring a dessert to pass with a serving utensil.  You will also want to bring a place setting for each member of your party.  The Perry Band Boosters will provide coffee and punch.  Remember, that this is a dessert only banquet.

This is a wonderful way to close the year when all members of the ensemble are present.  I encourage everyone to try and attend, as each member will be recognized.  Thank you so much for all of your support during this past school year.  Have a wonderful summer!

Posted by ernstg  On May 16, 2018 at 3:55 PM 5 Comments
  

The Memorial Day Parade will take place on Saturday, May 26th, at 11:00 a.m.  High School Band members should report at 10:00 a.m. to the High School Band Room.  We should be finished at approximately 12:45 p.m. at the Cemetery south of town.  We will have transportation provided back to the High School.

Due to the fact that the marching uniforms have already been dry-cleaned by this time of year and the warmer temperatures, the uniform for this parade will consist of the following:

  1. ALL White Shoes (the student’s marching shoes work well for this)
  2. White Socks
  3. Blue Jeans (pants or shorts are fine-please no “cut-offs”)
  4. Band Polo Shirt 
Posted by ernstg  On May 16, 2018 at 3:54 PM 2 Comments
  

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming concert.  Our Spring Concert will take place in the auditorium of Perry High School on May 31st, Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. Student report times and places are listed below:

Band

Warm-Up

Dressing

Start of Concert

5th Grade Band

7:10 p.m. (Media Center)

6:45 p.m. (Down by the media center)

7:30 p.m. (Stage-1st to perform)

6th Grade Band

6:45 p.m. (Stage)

7:05 p.m. (Past the media center)

7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-2nd to perform)

7th Grade Band

7:05 p.m. (Band Room)

6:35 p.m. (Band Room)

7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-3rd to perform)

Also, don’t forget that all 5th Grade and 6th Grade band members should arrive dressed in their black dress pants, black dress socks, and black dress shoes with a plain white undershirt.  7th Grade band members should have their black dress shoes and socks (nylons for the ladies).  Boys should be wearing a plain white dress shirt as well.

Upon arriving, students will put their belongings down in their dressing area and carry out their assignment.  Students are to try to stay out of the other band’s areas as much as possible.  All students are required to stay for the entire performance. 

Posted by ernstg  On May 16, 2018 at 3:52 PM 2 Comments
  

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming concert on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018.  Our Spring Concert will take place in the auditorium of Perry High School at 7:30 p.m. Student report times and places are listed below:

Band

Warm-Up

Dressing

Start of Concert

8th Grade Band

6:30 p.m. (Stage)

7:00 p.m. (Down past the media center.)

7:30 p.m. (Stage-1st to perform)

High School Band

7:00 p.m. (Band Room)

6:30 p.m. (Band Room and hall outside of the Band Room)

7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-2nd to perform)

Also, don’t forget that all band members should have their black dress shoes and socks (nylons for the ladies).

Upon arriving, students will put their belongings down in their dressing area and carry out their assignment.  Students are to try to stay out of the other band’s areas as much as possible.

At the conclusion of the concert we would ask that all parents, family members, and friends remain in the auditorium until your son/daughter have finished changing.  Your son/daughter will return to you.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Posted by ernstg  On May 16, 2018 at 3:51 PM 2 Comments