Mr. Corey Barker, Director of Bands
Corey D. Barker graduated in 2013 from Texas State University at San Marcos with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education. Corey was raised in Schertz, and attended Schertz Elementary, Laura Ingalls Wilder Intermediate, Ray D. Corbett Junior High, and Samuel Clemens High School. Corey has played trumpet since the fifth grade and has continued to play since then. While attending Texas State, he studied under trumpet professor and Austin Symphony member Jack Laumer. Corey has been a member and participated in the Texas State Bobcat Marching Band, Jazz Ensembles, The Wind Symphony, The Symphonic Winds concert ensemble, and Men’s Choir. He has also been an active member in Kappa Kappa Psi; a national honorary band fraternity committed to helping college band programs succeed. Music has had a crucial impact on Corey’s life. Both of Corey’s parents excelled in music; his mother was a pianist and wedding singer and his father played guitar. His aspiration to become a teacher came from his great parents, who put taking care of others above all else. Stemming from his familial love of music, Corey always knew his dream job awaited him in a band hall.
Corey has been teaching the Corbett Mustang band for six years. He could not be happier to have started his career into such a successful program! Corey’s bands have received multiple sweepstakes and superior ratings at contests such as UIL and Honor Band. Teaching in SCUCISD, where he was raised, is an amazing opportunity. Corey is looking forward to another successful year at Corbett Junior High. He cannot wait to share his love for music, and have a positive impact on the young musicians of this wonderful community.
Ms. Lauren York, Assistant Director of Bands
Lauren York received her Bachelors of Music Education in 2015 and her Masters of the Arts in Teaching in 2016, both degrees from Trinity University in San Antonio. While working toward her degrees, Ms. York performed with the Trinity University Wind Ensemble, the Trinity Symphony Orchestra, Trinity University Choirs, and Trinity Handbell Choir as both an ensemble member and featured flute soloist. Ms. York continues to play flute with the Heart of Texas Concert Band in San Antonio. Ms. York also sang and created arrangements for the all-female a cappella group on campus, the Trinity AcaBellas.
Ms. York is originally from Denton, Texas and is very excited to make the San Antonio area her home. Aside from teaching, Ms. York enjoys traveling, camping, singing, attending live performances and writing music. Her favorite pieces are Short Overture to an Unwritten Opera by Don Gillis and Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral from Richard Wagner's Lohengrin. She looks forward to another successful year at Corbett, Go Mustangs!!