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.
Teaching goes beyond the podium; it is a lifestyle. To be a music educator creates versatile artists of the highest caliber, with experience across the full range of instruments and musical styles, and the ability to capitalize on whatever opportunities may come their way. Equally important, music education equips students with the skills and training to create their own opportunities and become leaders in the ever-expanding musical world. Teaching is an asset to my own work and a creative process through the development of relationships, articulation of my own learning process, and joining of my practice to the next generation. Exploring the foundations of music with students by drawing on Western and Non-western musical sources, I strive to inspire their curiosity, develop creative practice, exercise critical thinking, develop versatility, and encourage excellence. As a teacher, I design each class to stretch the mind intellectually, the body physically, and offer practical exercises for instant creative experimentation. Ultimately, it is my goal for students to develop musical competence through listening, analysis, and technique and to inspire musicality and creativity within their own aesthetic artistic practice. Informed performance builds self-esteem and confidence.
In my classroom I make use of modern technologies as well as teaching tool. Integration of audio and video recording tools and “smart classrooms” aid in providing a diverse and integrated learning environment. I strive to provide quality resources for achieving success in an ever-evolving music profession. Being an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association is one way in which I remain connected to performers, educators and researchers from around the world. This allows me to stay current with up to date performance tools, resources, and musical trends within the profession. My cognate, music education, focuses on Universal Design for Learning and the myriad ways it aided my curriculum design when teaching students with Dyslexia and whom English is a second language.