Dr. Trimis is a versatile and accomplished educator with a rich background in music and education. During his time at Cal State LA, he excelled in jazz ensembles, wrote music, and arranged a musical for full orchestra and chorus. His passion for teaching emerged early, working at Huntington Drive Elementary School, where he contributed to various music programs and performed with the Los Angeles Raiders Band.
Throughout his career, Dr. Trimis has been a driving force in music education, founding and directing vocal jazz ensembles, establishing orchestras, and initiating innovative programs. He played a pivotal role at Berendo Middle School, reviving the orchestra program after a 25-year hiatus, starting a chorus, and introducing music theory to off-track students. His commitment to music education extended beyond the classroom, as he actively engaged with national and state music education associations, contributing articles, presenting workshops, and serving on committees.
Transitioning to Huntington Park High School, Dr. Trimis transformed the music program, overcoming challenges to build a thriving community of over 400 students involved in various musical endeavors. His leadership expanded the program to include choir, orchestra, jazz ensemble, jazz choir, Music Technology, AP Music Theory, and a Music Major Program. Notably, he taught drama and collaborated with students to create an original musical.
Beyond the classroom, Dr. Trimis has made significant contributions to higher education, teaching courses at various institutions, including Swing Band and Jazz Appreciation. He has also been actively involved with the College Board and ETS, reading AP Exams and conducting workshops.
In addition to his educational roles, Dr. Trimis is a dedicated arts advocate, fostering growth in music and arts programs at multiple high schools. His extensive involvement with arts academies and magnets underscores his commitment to shaping well-rounded students.