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.
Mrs. Courtney Avina, Assistant Director of Bands
Courtney Avina the assistant band director at Corbett Jr. High School and is in her third year as a professional educator. Prior to Corbett Jr. High, Courtney served as an assistant band director in Marble Falls, TX from 2019-2021. Courtney is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX, where she earned a BM in Music Education, EC-12 in 2018. While there, she studied saxophone under the direction of Professor Scott McDonald and bassoon under the direction of Dr. Mark Rogers. In addition, Mrs. Avina also performed in various ensembles such as the TLU Jazz Ensemble, multiple woodwind chamber ensembles, and the TLU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Professor Beth Bronk.
Courtney is native of San Antonio, TX, where she attended Judson High School from 2010-2014 and played saxophone in the Rocket Band. In her free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband, Seth. Together, they enjoy the great outdoors, weightlifting, and playing the Nintendo Switch. Mrs. Avina is glad to be back in her hometown and is excited to begin her journey with SCUC at Corbett Jr. High School. Go Mustangs!