Mr. Corey Hermens
Grant County High School
Corey Hermens is a professional music educator and trumpet player based in the Central Kentucky area. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Eastern Kentucky University as a member of the Honors College with Bachelor degrees in both music education and trumpet performance in the Fall of 2019. After graduating, Corey accepted a position as Safety Monitor at Silver Creek Elementary in Berea, KY. He then attended The Pennsylvania State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Masters of Music in trumpet performance in the Spring of 2021. During his time at Penn State, Corey was a Graduate Teaching Assistant to the trumpet studio under the tutelage of Dr. Langston Fitzgerald III.
As a music educator, Corey has taught trumpet lessons privately both in Kentucky and Pennsylvania for the past seven years. In addition to teaching privately; he has worked with marching bands in both Ohio and Kentucky including Williamstown Independent, Grant County, West Jessamine, South Laurel, Madison Southern, and Milford High Schools. He is currently performing around Kentucky and has had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall with the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the baton of Dennis Glocke. Corey has attended Domaine Forget de Charlevoix in Saint-Irénée, Charlevoix; a internationally recognized summer music festival. During the Spring of 2019, Corey won the Kentucky State Young Artist Division of Music Teachers National Association Performance Competition.
Throughout his time in college, Corey was a part of several performing ensembles including the EKU Symphony Orchestra, EKU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and EKU Jazz Band. In addition to performing, he was drum major of the EKU Marching Colonels during the 2016 season. Other ensembles that he has appeared with are the Video Games Live Orchestra, Madison County Community Band, Kentucky Intercollegiate Band, PSU Symphony Orchestra, PSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Centre Dimensions Jazz Ensemble, Outer Dimensions Jazz Ensemble, PSU Graduate Brass Quintet.
Corey is a member of National Association for Music Education, International Trumpet Guild, Jazz Educators Network, Pi Kappa Lambda Zeta Iota Chapter, and Kentucky Music Educators Association.
Mrs. Nichelle Wolfe
Grant County Middle School
Nikki grew up in Grant County and was an active member of the music programs (clarinet) that Grant County had to offer. After graduating from Grant County High School she earned a full scholarship to the University of Louisville to begin a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. While at UofL she was principal chair of the symphonic band, a member in the wind ensemble, and section leader and uniform crew manager for the Cardinal Marching Band. One of her favorite memories while being at UofL was traveling to San Jose, California for an international band conference. In 2017 Nichelle graduated with a bachelor's degree in Music Education and continued her studies at UofL to receive her Master's degree in May, 2018. She is looking forward to giving back to the educational community that molded her into the person, musician, and teacher she is today!