Trey began his musical journey like many did, at his church, Grace Covenant Presbyterian in Overland Park, KS. He sang in the children’s choirs growing up and eventually began playing handbells under the tutelage of his mother in the 5th grade. Trey continued to play at GCPC through middle and high school, and also attended the Intergenerational Handbell Camp in Parkville, MO starting in 7th grade. In addition to handbells, Trey grew up playing both tuba and bass. At Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, KS, Trey performed in the band and orchestra programs and was honored his senior year as the John Phillip Sousa award winner.
Trey attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC where he majored in religion and minored in music and athletic coaching. At PC he was fortunate to play in the handbell choir under the directorship of Dr. Ron Davis in addition to being active in both the orchestra and band programs. He was named to the South Carolina Intercollegiate Honor Band for five years playing tuba and bass.
Upon graduation in 2011, Trey returned to the Kansas City area and successfully applied to become the director of bell choirs at Lenexa United Methodist where he directed both an adult and a children’s choir. He also auditioned to perform with Rezound! Handbell Ensemble, of which he was a member from 2011 to 2013.
In 2013 a longing for the relationships he had built in South Carolina drew him back to the south and Trey moved to Lexington, SC. Within a couple weeks Trey met his future wife, Jesse, while watching their beloved Kansas City Chiefs. In 2015 Trey and Jesse returned to the Kansas City Area.
Upon returning to Kansas City, Trey resumed his role as handbell director at Lenexa UMC in 2015. He also rejoined Rezound! in the winter of 2021.
Trey is relatively new to the Area 8 scene, serving as one of the local liaisons for the 2022 festival in Kansas City. He is excited to face the challenge of the Missouri Chair.
Past Chair Suanne Comfort, Raytown
Treasurer Suanne Comfort, Raytown
Membership: Sherry Boland
Chime chair: Christie White
Website: Wendi Calkins Levitt