Bullitt East High School Director of Bands Trevor Ervin was honored with the 2018 Phi Beta Mu Young Bandmaster Award during the Kentucky Music Educators Annual Conference Feb. 8-10 in Louisville.
“I have no words to properly explain this humbling experience,” said Ervin who has guided dozens of musicians to successful auditions for the KMEA All-State Band.
This year, the Bullitt East Wind Ensemble was also invited to perform.
“What an amazing KMEA Conference! It was completely surreal and an experience I will never forget,” Ervin noted. “I had the privilege of conducting the Wind Ensemble at the Palace Theatre. This has been a goal for me and my program for years. The students were so excited to deliver an unforgettable performance.”
Four Bullitt County high school band students were part of the All-State Symphonic Band under the director of conductor Gary Hill – Marlene Michel (Bass Clarinet), Kelsey Richardson (Tenor Saxophone), Michael Coleman (French Horn) of Bullitt East and Seth Mitchell of Bullitt Central (Euphonium)
“The students played with such musical maturity and delivered an excellent concert,” Ervin said.
He acknowledged some special people for the Young Bandmaster Award.
“A special thank you to Brad Rogers for nominating me for the award (and for helping the band throughout the years) and to all of Phi Beta Mu for acknowledging the Bullitt East Band program. Those kids work remarkably hard and put up with one of the hardest people to work for that I know.”
Rogers, Director of the Oldham County High School Band, said Phi Beta Mu is an international honorary professional fraternity for band directors serving all levels of education from elementary school through college and beyond. The Psi (Kentucky) chapter nominates candidates and presents awards annually to the Outstanding Young Band director (5 years or less) and Outstanding Bandmaster in Kentucky.
“I have had a long professional relationship with Trevor, having met him as a member of the Kentucky Ambassadors of Music while he was a high school student of Dr. Kip Crowder at Barren County HS,” Rogers said. “Since he began at Bullitt East, I have made multiple visits to his marching and concert rehearsals each year. It became quickly apparent that he is a highly organized, effective teacher and musician. He works very hard in creating a culture built on the expectation of excellence among the students and their parents. It is obvious that all involved in the BEHS band program recognize the quality of the effort he brings to the job each and every day. He has most certainly had a very positive influence on the growth and musical outcomes of the Bullitt East band program in his short time there as director of bands.”
Rogers nominated Ervin for the award in 2017 to be presented at the 2018 KMEA Conference. Ervin was selected by the chapter membership from a pool of nominees.
“How fitting that his concert band was selected to perform at the Conference this year as well, where they presented a highly polished and impressive concert in the Palace Theatre,” Rogers noted adding, “We have many, many young and gifted band directors in our state. Mr. Ervin is most certainly one of the very best of them, and it was an honor for me to present the award for our chapter.
Ervin reserved highest praise for his wife.
“I owe everything that I am and have ever been to my wonderful wife, Kali,” he said. “She inspires me daily to be the absolute best version of myself. She is the smartest and kindest person I know. I have no idea how I convinced her to marry me, but I am so happy she did! She is an all-star teacher (soon to be librarian) AND the best unpaid assistant band director in the world! She always works so hard in her own career, then goes above and beyond to do what’s best for our band and me, no matter what. For that, I am forever grateful!”
Ervin believes music should be an integral part of a high school student’s curriculum.
“Every child needs the opportunity to experience situations that will build character and life skills, making and keeping commitments, solving problems, dealing with group dynamics, teamwork, etc.” he said. “Band members are placed into many decision-making situations. Band membership offers the chance to exercise one’s talent and experience the satisfaction of a job well done all while making friends that last a lifetime.”