Trent Shuey is an educator, arranger, and award-winning percussionist. He has walked to the beat of “A different drummer... [he is] the man for all styles” – The Hermiston Herald (2000). Trent maintains an active career as a percussion soloist, orchestral percussionist and jazz drummer. He has been a timpani concerto soloist with the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra and the University of Nevada Percussion Ensemble, marimba soloist with the Angelo State University Wind Ensemble, is recipient of the Edgard Varese Percussion Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has toured internationally with the OperaMaya opera company, and has performed numerous solo recitals throughout the United States.
Trent recently completed his fifth year as Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Percussion at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. He is the Director of the Angelo State University Jazz Ensemble, Ram Horns, Percussion Ensemble, and Ram Band Drumline. He has been guest conductor and marimba soloist with the Angelo State University Wind Ensemble, guest soloist with the Angelo State University Symphony Orchestra, and performed numerous solo and chamber recitals in the San Angelo area. Prior to his appointment at ASU, Trent has served as Adjunct Faculty and Director of Percussion Studies at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, in addition to Graduate Teaching Assistant for the percussion and athletic band programs at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he has taught several high school percussion programs throughout the United States. He is the founder of the Angelo State University Day of Percussion. His percussion students have a one-hundred percent placement rate in their chosen field. As an active percussion arranger, he has arranged percussion music for over forty collegiate half-time shows for athletic band programs across the United States.
As a versatile percussionist, Trent has performed with several orchestras, big bands, combos, and chamber ensembles. Trent has held principal percussion and timpani positions with the Tahoe Symphony, Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, and Inland Northwest Symphony. Trent has performed with many other professional ensembles including the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Oregon East Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno Jazz Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia da Camera. Trent holds a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance with a minor in Music Education from Eastern Oregon University, a Master of Music in Percussion Performance with a minor in Jazz Performance from the University of Nevada, Reno where he was Graduate Teaching Assistant for the percussion department and athletic bands and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha and Tau Beta Sigma.
A letter about me:
I am in my sixth year of full-time collegiate teaching as Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Percussion at Angelo State University in San Angelo. Texas. At ASU, I am the director of the jazz program, basketball pep band, drumline, percussion ensemble, former director of the symphonic band, and teach or have taught courses in Applied Percussion, Percussion Methods, World Music, and Choral and Instrumental Literature. Prior to my appointment at ASU, I held positions as Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, where I co-taught a course in Music Technology, and as Graduate Teaching Assistant at both University of Nevada, Reno and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for a combined six years of part-time collegiate teaching experience. My professional teaching and performing experience, diverse skill set, adaptability, positive attitude, and passion for excellence will be an asset to your program.
Music and technology have always been a passion. I express this passion through music performances with electronics or video, both fixed and live media. I utilize this passion through music engraving software, audio/video editing software, graphics design software, drill writing software, database software, and web design software. I am an active member of the percussion community, Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association. My cognate in Music Education focused on Universal Design for Learning which aids my curriculum design when teaching underserved students, students with disabilities, particularly Dyslexia, and students whom English is a second language.
As a performer, I recently recorded a jazz EP to be released this March. In the summer of 2019, I toured the Yucatan Peninsula performing opera with the OperaMaya Music Festival. I am recipient of the University of Illinois Edgard Varese Percussion Award, numerous academic scholarships, winner of the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and have held principal timpani and principal percussion positions with numerous regional orchestras, concert bands, and chamber ensembles. My educational background includes extensive study of drum set, timpani, keyboard percussion, marching percussion, orchestral percussion, and world percussion. In May of 2020, I earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Literature degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Through community engagement, positive teaching, and professionally approachable relationships with students, my recruiting efforts at the University of Nevada, Reno increased membership of the drumline from eight to twenty-six, within three years. These recruiting strategies have proved equally effective at Angelo State University. The applied percussion studio membership at ASU has grown from one to sixteen. To date, my percussion student graduates have a one-hundred percent placement rate in their chosen field.
Trent Shuey, D.M.A.