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Mr. James R. Corcoran
Associate professor of Music

J. Corcoran

Director of Percussion Studies, James Corcoran, directs the UC Percussion Ensemble and is the Assistant Director and Percussion Coordinator of the UC Marching Band.

In addition to teaching at the University of the Cumberlands, Mr. Corcoran serves an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion for the Governor’s School for the Arts, where he coaches percussion and mixed instrumental ensembles.

Mr. Corcoran is the coordinator for the Cumberland Drum Camp and frequently acts as an adjudicator for marching band, concert band, and solos and ensemble festivals throughout Kentucky.

Mr. Corcoran has performed professionally with a number of artists and ensembles including Dave Samuels, Bob Becker, James Campbell, Leon Bates, the Lexington Philharmonic, and the Lexington Bach Ensemble. As a freelance artist, he also performs with Whisper Garden, Don’t Pass Go, The Five Gringos, Caribbean Blues, Harold Sherman and Friends, The Dave Hummel Octet, Colonel’s Choice Dixieland Band, Dixieland South, Insufficient Funds, the UC Faculty Jazz Ensemble, The UC All-Star Big Band, After Six, and many other groups in the Central and Eastern Kentucky Region.

Mr. Corcoran earned the Bachelor of Music Performance (B.M) degree and a Master of Music Theory (M.M.) degree from the University of Kentucky.  He is a member of the Lexington Musicians Union, MENC (the National Association for Music Education), KMEA (Kentucky Music Educators Association),and PAS (Percussive Arts Society), where he serves as the current President/Treasurer of the PAS Kentucky Chapter.  Mr. Corcoran regularly attends the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and hosts the PAS Kentucky Day of Percussion, which has had such international artists as Billy Cobham, Tommy Igoe, Michael Burritt, Zoro, Michael Collier, Glenn Kotche and many more.

James Corcoran is a University Artist sponsored by Innovative Percussion, Sticks and Mallets, Nashville, TN.

PAS KY Chapter:

Cumberland Drum Camp

Courses Taught

  • MUSC130 Music Appreciation
  • MUSC 421 Orchestration
  • MUSC 423 Form and Analysis
  • MUSC 490 Independent Study in Music
  • MUPR 109 Percussion Ensemble
  • MUPR 215 Percussion Techniques
  • MUAM 013-423 Applied Music-Instrumental

Publications, Presentations, and Performances

2006 KMEA Convention, presented “Jazz Drumming: How To Help Your Heavy Metal Drummer Better Understand Jazz”

Performed: Clinics and Master Classes in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Texas.

Performances with:

  • The Southeastern Kentucky Fine Arts Association
  • Whisper Garden
  • The Five Gringos
  • Don’t Pass Go
  • After Six
  • Caribbean Blues
  • Tandem Percussion Duo
  • Dave Samuels
  • Bob Becker
  • Leigh Howard Stevens
  • John Bergamo
  • David Mancini
  • James Campbell
  • Lexington Philharmonic
  • Lexington Bach Ensemble
  • Leon Bates, Tribute to Gershwin
  • Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps
  • Fuego Latino
  • Lexington Children’s Theatre
  • Lexington Musical Theatre Association
  • Centre College Players
  • UC Faculty Jazz Ensemble
  • UC All-Star Big Band
  • Colonel’s Choice Dixieland Band
  • Dixieland South
  • Harold Sherman and Friends
  • Five Easy Payments
  • Insufficient Funds
  • Dave Hummel Octet
  • Advocate Brass Band
  • Freelance Artist in Central and Eastern Kentucky
  • Harold Sherman Trio