Mr. Tim Wright is thrilled to be entering his fourth year of teaching as the new Director of
Music at Trenton Public Schools. Prior to this, he was the Director of Music at Addison
Middle and High school for three years. During his time at Addison, he taught beginning
band, middle school band, high school band, marching band, middle school choir, high
school choir, and high school ukulele class.
Mr. Wright received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Michigan State
University. During his time there, he was a member of the MSU Wind Symphony and
Symphony Orchestra for five years. He also was a member and mellophone section leader
of the Spartan Marching Band. He was chosen to be part of the MSU Honors Brass Quintet,
in which he was a member for five years. His student-teaching placement was in
Williamston where he helped lead the Middle School and High School bands. He also
directed his own jazz band during his placement. He is an active member of the Michigan
School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA).
Mr. Wright has been a performer all his life. He began playing piano in 1st grade and french
horn in 4th grade. He attended Grand Ledge High School, where he performed at Carnegie
Hall with the GLHS Wind Symphony and starred as the lead in three different musicals, two
of them being Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. During his teaching career, Mr.
Wright has performed with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Traverse City Symphony
Orchestra, and Alma Symphony Orchestra. He also enjoys teaching private lessons to horn
and piano students after school.
Outside of music, Mr. Wright is an avid basketball player and fan. He enjoys playing tennis,
golf, and board games. He likes to spend his free time cooking, camping, running, and
playing fetch with his dog, Oliver.
The Trenton Band Boosters will be holding a golf outing fundraiser on Saturday August 28 at Wesburn Golf Club. Please join us for a great afternoon! Click the link for more information.
Link to video: www.trentonbandboosters.org/concert---mon-may-10--7pm.html
Thank you for your patience regarding the live stream issue from the concert. There was a second live stream event coming from the Board of Education simultaneously that was given the technical crew streaming issues. Rather than wait for that event to end, it was decided that we record our concert and upload it. Later that evening, the new link to the recording was posted and edited on the website to replace the original that was also giving an issue. All problems have been eliminated and the concert is available for viewing. Thank you, Ms. Lopez and crew for doing all of this and troubleshooting the issues.
The Trenton Band Boosters would like to honor our graduating seniors, the Class of 2021. Please join us on Thursday night , May 13, at 6:00 pm at the Trenton Cultural Center (corner of West & Edsel). The evening will feature speeches from Mr. K and the graduating drum majors and section leaders. Attendees will need to bring their own chairs as none will be available onsite. This event is intended for seniors and their parents. The event will also be available on the TPS TV YouTube channel the day after the event. Feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you!
I am currently planning for a band and jazz band concert to be held on Monday, May 10 at 7pm in the THS auditorium. Here are the restrictions and plans that I have been working with to make it happen:
* there will be around 105 students involved (sports conflicts, full time remote, etc brings the number down to 105)
* the event will be live streamed with no audience permitted. THS is currently using MHSAA policy for max number for all events. Sports use a number based on players + max of 100 spectators + coaches/officials/admin. This policy is also being used for Kings Judging in the auditorium which for that event will be approximately 125 which is more than what the band concert would have in the room in total
* distancing measures will be in place as students will be spaced out all over the stage, pit, aisles, and other spaces. I will continue to plan using a six foot distance between students. However, while state recommendations have reduced the recommended distance for schools and classrooms to three feet, I will continue to use the six foot rule wherever possible like we do during daily class rehearsal.
* PPE will be used like we do during class. Personal masks and procedures as well as specialty masks (flutes) and instrument bell covers will be used.
* the event will be 45 minutes in length to reduce contact time
* the THS auditorium is one of the best ventilated spaces in the building. That being said, we will leave all doors open and all lights on
* planning will be done to reduce the amount of time and movement students will need to get their instruments and settle into their seats.
As the day approaches, there may be other considerations that could require further planning to keep things safe and healthy. I am working with THS administration to make this concert - the first since February 2020 - actually take place.
If current restrictions and limitations increase due to state ordered mandate changes, the event may be cancelled. No postponement can happen as the seniors last day is the following week.
If you do not feel comfortable with your student who is currently part of 1st, 2nd, or 4th period band class or jazz band participating in this concert even with the above health measures in place, please let me know ASAP. I will be required to make a seating chart for contact tracing purposes several days before the concert and will need to know which students will NOT be participating.
Live stream information will be provided a few days prior to May 10. Thank you for help and cooperation. It is my plan to give the kids - especially the seniors - this one final opportunity to perform together in the safest and healthiest way possible. If you have any concerns or suggestions, please contact me directly:
734 778 3418 (text)
Congratulations to THS Band members Michael Hintzen, Colin Prim, Jacob Cooper, Chance Day, Jenna Bainbridge, and Karlo Catabian for earning spots in the Class of 2021 Academic Top Ten based upon GPA. Well done!
Congratulations to the THS Jazz Band for some awards earned at the 48th Annual Phi Mu Alpha CMU Jazz Festival which was held virtually this year (our submissions are posted below). The group earned Best Rhythm Section (drums, bass, piano) for Class B, the combo earned Best Combo, and Eli Goreta and Noah Schoenherr were both given Best Soloist awards. The THS Jazz Combo is Eli, Noah, Duncan McCardell, and Nick Srabian. Well done.
The April Band Boosters Meeting will be held on Monday April 12 at 630pm in the band room. Please join us, masks are required. Thank You!
For the second consecutive year, the Trenton HS music department has been given the distinction of Best Communities for Music Education SupportMusic Merit Award:
Congratulations to the 80 schools that received the SupportMusic Merit Award (SMMA) from The NAMM Foundation! A SMMA Award is an opportunity for an individual school (public, private, parochial or charter, K-12) to be acknowledged for its commitment to music education. It is a "school-only" distinction awarded as part of the Best Communities for Music Education program.
Trenton HS is only one of three schools in Michigan and 80 nationally to receive this distinction. THS also received this honor in 2020. Congratulations to the students, parents, and staff of Trenton HS for making this award possible.