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James Corcoran

Associate Professor James Corcoran is in his fifteenth year as the Director of Percussion Studies at University of the Cumberlands where he serves as Percussion Coordinator of the University of the Cumberlands Drumline. Prior to his full-time employment with University of the Cumberlands, Mr. Corcoran taught as an adjunct instructor at Cumberland College, Transylvania University, Asbury College, Midway College and the University of Kentucky. He is a former Marching Member of the award winning Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, from Rosemont Illinois.

Mr. James Corcoran received his Bachelor Degree in Music Performance in 1990 and Masters of Music in Theory in 1992 from University of Kentucky. While pursuing his Masters Degree, he served as a Teaching Assistant in Percussion, and Theory and as Coordinator of the Music Technology Laboratory. He often serves as an instructor for the University of Kentucky Summer MIDI Sequencing and Notation Seminars. His percussion composition "Searching For Zwoi Zjah" was performed at the Kentucky Composers Concert in 1990.

Mr. Corcoran is in demand throughout Kentucky and the surrounding states as a percussion instructor, arranger, clinician, adjudicator and guest percussion ensemble conductor. He has served as a percussion adjudicator for the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit, Indoor Percussion Division, KMEA marching and concert events, East Tennessee State University, and band clinician for the Greenville High School Band Festival in Greenville, TN. He has worked with numerous performers and elementary, middle school, high school and university level groups. Corcoran has experience instructing percussion with the Blue Grass Brass Drum and Bugle Corps, the Toyota Bicentennial Orchestra, and the Arts Day Camp Nathanial Mission Summer Youth Program in conjunction with the Music Institute of Lexington. He serves as an adjunct instructor for the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, and is a University Instructor Artist/Clinician for Innovative Percussion, Inc. Drum Sticks and Mallets of Nashville, TN.

Jim Corcoran is the current Eastern Kentucky Representative for the Kentucky Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. As past-President, he co-hosted the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 Kentucky Day of Percussion. He is also Chair of the KY PAS All-State Percussion Committee. He was a member of the Planning Committee and the Host Committee for the 2003 Percussive Arts Society International Convention held in Louisville. He also served as Chair of the Committee in Charge of Keyboard Percussion and Chair of the Scholarship Selection Committee for PASIC 2003. Mr. Corcoran has previously held positions as Vice-president, and secretary/treasurer of PAS KY Chapter.

As an active free-lance musician in the central Kentucky region, Jim Corcoran frequently performs music in many styles including rock-n-roll, classical, Latin American, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Brazilian Bluegrass and Caribbean. His playing experiences include performances with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lexington Bach Ensemble, The Advocate Brass Band, Fuego Latino, The Five Gringos, After Six, Caribbean Blues, The London Area Little Big Band, Young Urban Professionals, The Dave Hummel Octet, Harold Sherman and Friends, Whisper Garden, Don't Pass Go, Five Easy Payments, The Blue Dawg, Colonel's Choice Dixieland Band, Dixieland South, Harold Sherman Trio, Leon Bates, Dave Samuels, Bob Becker and David Mancini. Mr. Corcoran has performed numerous concerts on the South-Eastern Kentucky Fine Arts Association, Fine Arts Series, as a member of the University of the Cumberlands Instrumental Faculty Recital and Faculty Jazz Ensemble and served as a percussionist in numerous musical theatre productions with the University of Kentucky Musical Theatre, Lexington Musical Theatre Association, Centre College Players, The Lexington School, Sayre School, and Lexington Childrens Theatre.

Mr. Corcoran is part of Tandem Percussion Duo, with Tim Wix, which was conceived as an outlet for performing, and educating students of all ages about percussion in world music. His professional memberships include the Percussive Arts Society, the American Federation of Musicians, Kentucky Music Educators Association and MENC (the National Association for Music Education).

Please check out the published version of Jim's snare drum solo
"7 Days & 7 Nights" included in The Blue Book at Tapspace.com!

Mr. Corcoran can be contacted Here

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