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Cory Doran

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Adjunct Instructor of Percussion, Director of Marching Percussion

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Cory Doran is currently the Front Ensemble coordinator and instructor for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, former Interim Percussion Professor at Kent State University, Ensemble Instructor for Matrix Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble and works as a music arranger for Ferguson Design Solutions. Mr. Doran received his Masters degree (2011) in Music Performance from A&M-Commerce under the instruction of Dr. Brian Zator and his Undergraduate degree (2009) in Music Performance from Youngstown State University under the instruction of Dr. Glenn Schaft.

Previously, Doran held the position as Percussion Director at Hilliard Bradley High School in Hilliard, OH. Mr. Doran has instructed throughout northeast Ohio, northeast Texas, and Pittsburgh as a front ensemble specialist as well as concert percussion and drum set clinician. As a teacher, he has made a name for himself as a front ensemble instructor for Matrix Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble (2009-present), the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2015-present), and Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2009-2011).

In addition to his involvement in education, Doran is also a freelance percussionist and composer/arranger. He has written for Hilliard Bradley, y-Me Percussion group in Milan, Italy, Revelation Indoor Percussion, Amhurst High School Indoor Percussion, Impulse Indoor Percussion, A&M-Commerce marching percussion section, and Grove City High School front ensemble. Performing groups include the Columbus top 40 band “The Popbillies,” Country band “Union Rose,” and “Tangent Impact Percussion Project.”

Educational Background

  • MM, Performance, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2011
  • BM, Performance, Youngstown State University, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Winner, Texas A&M University-Commerce Music Department Concerto Competition, 2009

Featured Courses

  • Applied Percussion – Undergraduate
  • Applied Percussion – Graduate

Selected Performances

  • Percussion Ensemble, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2009 – Present
  • Youngstown State University Zappa Band, 2008
  • World Premier of John Hollenbeck’s “Ziggurat (Exterior)”, Whitney Museum in New York City, NY, 2007
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