Mike Kurilko, Director of Music, Trenton HS and TPS Elementary Schools
Mr. Mike Kurilko has taught in Trenton Public Schools since 1987. At Trenton High School, he is the director of the concert band, jazz band, marching band, chorus, instructs three guitar classes, and directs the spring musical, He also is the 5th grade beginning band director at Hedke and Anderson Elementary Schools with music education degrees from West Virginia University and Wayne State University.
Mr. Kurilko is the founder and president of the Downriver Music Guild which is a professional collaborative collective of high school and middle school instrumental music teachers in thirteen school districts in the Downriver Detroit region. He also is an adjudicator for the Scholastic Marching Band Association throughout Michigan and is an active member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
As a a professional musician on trumpet and guitar, he performs with the Monroe Big Band and the Karl Steinman Pure Blues and Jazz sextet. He also frequently performs with the Southern Great Lakes Symphony Orchestra and Seaway Chorale Orchestra as well as in theatrical pit ensembles for the Southgate Community Players, Monroe Community Players, Penny Seats Theatre Company in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and for many high school productions in southeast Michigan. On guitar and harmonica, he has toured with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Bo Diddley and also functions as organist and music director for Christ the King Episcopal Church in Taylor, Michigan.
Mr. Kurilko is a 2-time Grammy Award nominee for National Music Educator of the Year. In 2018, he was named one of 25 national semifinalists for the Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award by the Recording Academy and Recording Foundation. In 2017, he was named a national quarter finalist for the same honor. He was also recently honored by the City of Trenton Civic Commission as the 2015 Outstanding Man of the Year.
Outside of of music, Mr Kurilko works as an events staff usher at Comerica Park for the Detroit Tigers. He and his wife, Mary, are proud of their four children - Michael, Brian, Katie, and Julie - all graduates of Trenton HS, each of whom have attended the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor or Michigan State University on the Western Golf Association Charles "Chick" Evans Caddie Scholarship.
Email: kurilkom [at] trentonschools [dot] com