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Corey Graves
Corey Graves




Corey LaMon Graves (Forney, Texas) is in his sixteenth year of teaching and is currently the head band director at Jackson Middle School in Forney ISD. Before this appointment, Graves served as the head director of Roma Middle School for eleven years. Graves received his Bachelor of Music Education degree as a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from The Ohio State University as a graduate fellow. 

Graves is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar. Bands under his direction earned high recognition at the state and national stage, receiving recognition as a National and Commended Winner in The Foundation for Music Education National Wind Band contest from 2013-2023. The RMS Symphonic Winds have been consistent state finalists in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Honor Band Competition and were honored as the 2020 TMEA CC Honor Band. Graves’ bands have performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, are recipients of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup Award, and were named a Rio Grande Valley Program of Distinction. Graves was chosen as Roma ISD’s 2013 Secondary Teacher of the Year, Forney ISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2023, and named the Phi Beta Mu Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year. Graves was also named Yamaha “40 Under 40” Music Teacher of Excellence and a Country Music Awards Music Teacher of Excellence. Graves is an active clinician and adjudicator, sits on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Clinic, is an educational clinician for the Conn-Selmer Division of Education, and maintains professional affiliations with the TMEA, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. 

Graves credits his passion for music to his mother, his drive for success to his grandmother, and his love of education to an incredible list of music educators nationwide.