The Peter Zervakos Memorial Trophy was commissioned by the Epsilon Lambda Chapter in the Fall of 2015. Designed to further chapter interaction between the Phi Mu Alpha chapters of the Southeastern Conference, it is passed between chapters at SEC football games. While the "Pete" is a trophy, it does not remain with the winner of the game. The trophy is passed between chapters regardless of the game's outcome.
The "Pete" is named in memorial of Peter Zervakos, a Georgia music educator and former president of our chapter. Peter was initiated into Phi Mu Alpha in the Spring of 1976. Following graduation from the University of Georgia, he shared music with countless students, serving as Director of Bands in schools across the state. Zervakos retired in 2009 as principal of Northview High School. However, he didn’t stay away long, returning to his first love, music, as Director of Bands at Roswell High School until 2011. Zervakos also served as organist at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, where he also established the Hellenic Community Orchestra. Peter passed away in March 2013 from complications of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a degenerative neurological illness. He was 55. When asked about her husband, his wife of 25 years, Sally said that “he lived his life with a sense of urgency, packing as much as he could into his 55 years, like he knew he didn’t have much time.” Pete was a model Sinfonian for us all, and we’re honored to be able to remember him in this way.
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