Marvin C. Perry II
Assistant Principal/Utility Trumpet
Joined the ISO: 1975
Primary musical studies: Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music; Master of Music Education, President’s Award for outstanding achievement in the performing arts, named distinctive alumnus,
University of Montevallo
Teachers included: Arnold Jacobs, Lloyd Geisler, Sidney Mear, John Head, and Walter Moeck
While at the Eastman School, Marvin performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded on the CRI and Vox labels with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Eastman Brass Ensemble. He played for three years with the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C., where he appeared as soloist with the band and with other ensembles in the area. He also played in two chamber groups, Baroque Arts Chamber Orchestra and the Arlington Symphony in the Washington, D.C. area during the early ’70s. He then performed for two seasons with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Connoisseur Concerts there. Marvin has taught on the faculty of Butler University and has served as visiting instructor at Indiana University, DePauw University and Grace College.
Marvin and his wife Anne have five children ranging in age from 19 to 37. “We have lived in the same 1880s farm house for the last 34 years,” Marvin says. “Our oldest son Marvin and middle daughter Lora are engineers, mechanical and biomedical. Helen, our oldest daughter, was in social work but is now pursuing a degree in architecture, and Daniel, our youngest son, is a string bass major at Indiana University. Our youngest daughter Ellen is forever young and keeping her parents from becoming lonely in their old age.” The family is involved in Special Olympics of Indiana with Ellen and the MasterWorks Festival, now held in Winona Lake. In the summer of 2010 they also participated in a festival in the Henan Province of China.
The Perrys regularly take fun family adventures. In the past they have toured the country with as many as three children in the sidecar attached to their motorcycle. In 1989, Father Marvin and son Marvin rode a motorcycle sidecar outfit all the way to Alaska. The coldest part of the trip was on August 24 in West Yellowstone, Montana, when the temperature reached 29 degrees Fahrenheit. A particularly memorable family moment for Anne was when, “one winter, Marvin repaired and refurbished an old BMW motorcycle in the family dining room. I will not let him do that again!”
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