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December, 16, 2015
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM




Trent Cooper

Trent Cooper

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Achieving Excellence in Challenging Environments

Clinic Synopsis:

As part of The Midwest Clinic’s new Title One Initiative, this session will feature the work of an exemplary music program from an ‘at-risk’ high school. Mr. Cooper, along with guest conductors Richard Floyd and Dr. Larry Livingston, will discuss the importance, process and rewards of excellent music education in a school with socio-economic challenges. Students from the Andy Dekaney Wind Ensemble will share how music has changed their life and affected their future aspirations for college and vocations.

Trent Cooper - Biographical Information

Trent Cooper has been a music educator in Texas for 29 years. He began his career in the Spring Independent School District as an Assistant Director at Wells Middle School and returned to the district in the fall of 2003 to serve as an Assistant Director at Westfield High School. That year, the band was selected as the Bands of America Grand National Champion. His bands have won numerous festivals throughout the State of Texas and the nation. Today, marks Mr. Cooper’s fifth appearance at The Midwest Clinic with a band. He has presented clinics at The Midwest Clinic in 2009 and he has subsequently presented clinics at the Texas Bandmaster’s Association Convention, the Sam Houston State University Summer Music Symposium and various school district training sessions throughout the State of Texas. Mr. Cooper served on the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List Committee for four years before being asked to serve as chairman of that same committee. He has benefited from the from the mentorship of Eddie Green, Matthew McInturf, Joe Dixon, Richard Floyd, Larry Livingston, Richard Crain and Philip Geiger. He holds an Undergraduate Degree from the University of Houston and a Master’s Degree from Sam Houston State University. He is a member of TMEA, TMAA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha. He and his wife Angela reside in The Woodlands Texas.