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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

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  • From the students' very first note to their final concert, the middle school years can be tricky to navigate. This clinic will explore the necessity of setting goals that will seamlessly bridge the gap between each milestone in their middle school band career.
  • Corey Graves (graves.177@gmail.com)
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  • Corey LaMon Graves is in his twelfth year of teaching and has been with the Roma Independent School District since 2010. Mr. Graves received his Bachelor of Music Education degree as a summa cum laude graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University (2007) and earned a Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from The Ohio State University as a graduate fellow (2008). Mr. Graves is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and the Region 15 Middle School Coordinator. Bands under his direction have consistently received superior sweepstakes ratings at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest, and have also earned high levels of recognition at state, national, and international stage. The RMS Symphonic Winds have been consistent state finalists in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Competition, being honored as a finalist four consecutive cycles. The Symphonic Winds were also selected to perform at the 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Graves was chosen as Roma ISD’s 2013 Secondary Teacher of the Year and was selected as the Phi Beta Mu Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year for 2017. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, guest euphoniumist, and a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Black Music Educators, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Mr. Graves credits his passion for music to his mother, Brenda M. Moore (who is affectionately known as “Mama Graves” by his students), his drive for success to his grandmother, Mrs. Vergie Graves, and his love of education to an incredible list of music educators across the country.
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  • Robert T. Herrings, III
  • Robert Tyrome Herrings, III is in his sixteenth year of teaching and has been teaching at Artie Henry Middle School in Leander ISD since 2004. Prior to coming to Leander ISD, he was the Director of Bands at Rockdale Junior High in Rockdale, Texas. In 2003, Mr. Herrings received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he studied under Michael Haithcock, Jeff Grogan, Dr. Kevin Sedatole and Barry Hopper. Mr. Herrings conducts the Honors Band, and assists with the Symphonic Band and Concert Band at HMS. He also teaches beginning clarinet, saxophone and trumpet. Mr. Herrings’ bands have consistently received UIL Sweepstakes ratings, Best In Class, and Overall Outstanding Band honors at festivals around the state. From 2009-2018, the program has earned distinction as a National Wind Band Honors Class AA winner and performed at the Western International Band Clinic in 2008 and 2013. The program was named the 2010, 2014 and 2018 TMEA Class CCC Honor Band and selected to perform at the 2010, 2012 and 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2014, the HMS Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Mr. Herrings was named the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year in 2011. The HMS program is a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup Award, the Outstanding Band Program Award by the American School Band Director’s Association, and the 2018 Texas Bandmasters Association Exemplary Middle School Band Award winner. An active clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Herrings is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Mr. Herrings also serves as the TMEA Region 32 Middle School Band Chair, as well as the Region 32 TBA representative. He is honored to be a member of Phi Beta Mu and a mentor to new-to-profession teachers at Henry Middle School.
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