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. Jill Hefel, Assistant Director of Bands
Jill received her Bachelors of Music from Iowa State University in 2016. At ISU she studied saxophone and played in the ISU Wind Ensemble, Saxophone Ensembles, Jazz 1, and Jazz Combos. She also traveled to Europe with the ISU Wind Ensemble in 2013 and 2015. Jill taught at West Delaware CCSD in Iowa for four years where she directed 7th/8th grade band, MS Jazz Band, Show Choir Back-Up Band, and taught middle school general music. While teaching, Jill restarted and directed the local municipal band in Manchester and subbed in the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band.
Jill grew up in Homestead, Iowa, a small town outside of Cedar Rapids. She and her husband are excited to be in the San Antonio area with their dog, Buck. In addition to teaching, Jill enjoys hiking, drinking coffee, traveling, and trying new things. She is excited to share her passion for music and teaching with her students at Corbett and give them a fun, safe, and positive band experience!