A special award of

The John Philip Sousa

Joe TrustyJoe Trusty has been the Cabot High School Director of Bands in Cabot, Arkansas for the last 29 years.

Trusty earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Arkansas Tech University and his Masters of Science in Education from the University of Central Arkansas.

Trusty was named AR Band Master of the Year in 2010, Music Educator of the Year for AR in 2011 and was named to The Instrumentalist 50 Directors that Make a Difference in 2014.

He has served his profession by holding about every office possible in the ASBOA from board member to President. He also currently serves as the secretary for the AR Bandmasters Association.

Trusty’s ensembles have received superior ratings at the ASBOA contests for the past 20 years. HIs marching band has many Sweepstakes and Grand Champion awards as well.

“Do what is right. These words have proven time and again to be the answer in every situation. Do what is right for the students. Do what is right for the music. Do what is right for the parents, school, and community. When you do what is right, not only does the individual musician improve, but the ensemble improves and more importantly, the student improves and learns to become a better person and able to contribute positively to our society. Making great music and helping students become the best they can be, creates an atmosphere that attracts, and retains, the kind of student that makes the school and community a better place.” It is hard to argue with that wonderful philosophy.