Meet The Teachers!

Nathan Wernette :: General Music Teacher
Nathan Wernette is the Music Teacher for Hedke and Anderson Elementary Schools. He began his teaching career in Trenton in 2014. Originally from Hudsonville, Michigan, Mr. Wernette received his Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University.
Email: wernetten@trentonschools.com

Peter Kopera :: Band Director
Peter Kopera is the Music Director for the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Concert Bands, Arthurs Jazz Band, Music Composition, Jazz Improvisation and World Music Drumming. Mr. Kopera began teaching at Arthurs MS in the Fall of 1998. Originally from Western New York, Mr. Kopera graduated from the Crane School of Music. Mr. Kopera also attended the Birmingham Conservatoire in Birmingham, England and earned his Master's Degree in Music Education at the University of Michigan. Mr. Kopera composed and recorded the musical soundtrack to the independent film "An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge" and performs regularly throughout southeastern Michigan with various jazz groups.
Email: koperap@trentonschools.com

Mike Kurilko :: Band Director
Mike Kurilko is the Music Director for the Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar, and annual musical production at Trenton High School as well as 5th Grade Beginning Band. Mr. Kurilko began teaching at Trenton High School in 1987. Originally from West Virginia, Mr. Kurilko is a graduate of West Virginia University and has completed a Master's degree in Music Education at Wayne State University. He is a member of the Monroe Big Band and of the Seaway Chorale Orchestra, both of which he plays trumpet and guitar. Under Mr. Kurilko, the Trenton High Schools bands have performed all over the United States, Canada, and throughout Michigan, earning high honors and awards including top ten placements in state competitions. Nearly 20% of the student enrollment of Trenton High School is involved in Mr. Kurilko's ensembles, classes, and productions each year.

Email: kurilkom@trentonschools.com