Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Corey Graves
Corey LaMon Graves is in his ninth year of teaching and has been with the Roma Independent School District since 2010. Prior to coming to Roma Middle School, he taught two years with La Joya ISD. His teaching responsibilities include conducting the Roma Middle School Symphonic Winds, teaching beginner euphonium and low reed for the district, and assisting with the Symphonic Band. 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 XV 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 both the state and national stage. The RMS Symphonic Winds have been consistent state finalists in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Competition, being honored as the 2016 CC Honor Band First Runner Up. 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 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.