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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox

Face Time with Trevor Michael Murrey

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Trevor Michael Murrey, 22, a Somonauk resident who works at Harmony Music School in Sugar Grove, was at a rehearsal for the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” when he answered nine questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Al Lagattolla.

What brings you here? I work at Harmony Music School in Sugar Grove. I’m a guitar instructor there. I got a phone call from the guy who owns the school, and he said that Kaneland High School was looking for a guitarist for “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.” And I’m like, oh sure. … I got my music later than everybody else, so I’m trying to keep up and practice hard.

When was the last time you were in a musical? The last time I helped out with a musical was in high school. That was in 2005 to 2009.

Are you in college now? I attend Northern Illinois University. I’m a guitar major, as well as an art major. I plan to go back to Waubonsee for guitar there.

How many instruments do you play? Guitar. I played oboe for a long time. Guitar is my passion and my love. Also, marimba, bell, xylophone and piano.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be an animator. That’s why I love to do art projects. … In high school, when I first started playing electric guitar, I played in our talent show for two years in a row, and that’s when I knew I wanted to be a professional guitar player. And now, I am.

Where’s the most interesting place you’ve played? Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s inauguration. I was actually three feet away from him and could have shook his hand, if I wanted to lose it. … I was playing oboe back then.

Where’s the most interesting place you’ve played the electric guitar? At Northern, at the Carl Sandburg auditorium, with my band.

What is your band’s name? Atra Nex. It’s Latin for “black death.” … We were playing straight-up metal music.

What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I am a perfectionist, and I love the color blue.

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