by New England College Band Association
PLYMOUTH, N.H.— PSU Professor Emeritus of Music Gary Corcoran was recently awarded the New England College Band Association (NECBA) Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment and dedication to the creation, promotion and performance of original and traditional band literature.
The award was presented at the association’s 30th Annual New England Intercollegiate Band Festival at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass.
Dr. Corcoran is professor emeritus of music in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance (MTD) at Plymouth State University. He served as Director of Bands from 1991 until 2011, and continues as coordinator of the M.Ed. program in instrumental music education.
Throughout his career, Corcoran has maintained a very close relationship with public school musicians assisting as a clinician and as a guest conductor with concert bands and wind ensembles.
Professor Jonathan Santore, chair of MTD, says that in his time at Plymouth State Corcoran has had a profound positive impact on the quality of instrumental music education throughout New Hampshire. “It’s rare that you can point to one person raising the bar for an entire field over an entire region in this way. He’s a wonderful musician, educator and colleague, and this honor is richly deserved,” Santore says.
Corcoran has served as president of the New England College Band Association, New Hampshire State chair for the National Band Association, and former NBA Eastern Division chair.
He is the founder and past president of the New Hampshire Band Directors Association and is past president of the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association. He also served as president of the Kansas Bandmasters Association and served on the executive board of that organization for 10 years. He was the founding editor of the CBDNA Report, an international publication for college band directors, and served for 10 years in that position. The New England Band Directors Institute, established by Dr. Corcoran in 1992, continues as one of the nation’s most successful summer workshops for school band directors.
Corcoran is also the author of The Addition System for Teaching and Learning Rhythm and was a contributing author for the Music Director’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program.
He was the 2002 recipient of the “Outstanding Band Director” award presented by the New Hampshire Band Directors Association.