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 10-can percussion to perform and teach at Perc Up! 2014!

Perc Up! announces the addition of 10-can percussion to perform and amaze audiences with creative, high-energy drumming and percussion!  10-can percussion is a North Carolina based ensemble committed to the performance of new and classic works for percussion. 10-can is comprised of founding members Corey Denham, Emory Hensley and Justin Mabry. Currently in residency at Mars Hill University, 10-can percussion is collaborating and performing with percussionist Dr. Brian Tinkel.


Corey Denham will be joining the Perc Up! 2014 championship line-up as a percussion expert and performer.  Cory is a North Carolina based percussionist and educator. Committed to the commissioning and performance of new music.  Corey is active as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a member of the percussion trio 10-can percussion and performs diverse genres across the southeast.

As an educator Corey is very active in the marching percussion community. Corey is entering his 4th year as member of the Wake Forest Independent percussion staff. He has served as the front ensemble caption head for Wake Forest Independent in 2012. He served as the Co-Percussion Caption Head for Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012, helping lead the ensemble to their 2012 high percussion award in Class A at DCA finals. In 2013 Corey served as a percussion instructor and arranger for the Kadoudal Drum & Bugle from Quiberon, France. Corey also instructs and arranges for several high school marching bands and percussion ensembles throughout North Carolina. Corey has performed with the Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps and the 2011 DCI World Class Finalist Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps.

Corey holds degrees in music education and performance from Mars Hill University. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in percussion performance at University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he serves as a graduate assistant for the percussion department. Corey is a member of the National Association for Music Education, and the Percussive Arts Society and is an education artist for Innovative Percussion Inc. sticks and mallets.

Emory Hensley is coming to Perc Up 2014 as a percussion clinician and performer.  Emoryis currently the music teacher at W.D. Williams Elementary, and Weaverville Primary Schools. He is a graduate of Mars Hill University with a degree in Music Education, where he studied under Dr. Brian Tinkel.  Emory has instructed many middle and high school percussion programs throughout North Carolina and currently works with the Charles. D. Owen High School Marching Band and winter percussion ensembles. Emory was a staff member with DCA three-time Class A High Percussion winner and Class A World Champion Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps (2008-2012). Emory is excited to begin his fourth season with Wake Forest Independent. Emory has been an instructor for the MulTiPerc Summer Percussion Camp as well as the Mars Hill College Summer Music Camp.

As a performer Emory has been a member of the Mars Hill College marching band, percussion ensemble, marimba band, and wind ensemble. He has participated in Drum Corps International with the world class finalist Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, and with Odyssey Percussion Theatre, a Percussion Independent World group in Winter Guard International. Emory is currently a member of the 10 Can Percussion Group.

Emory is an education artist with Innovative Percussion, a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and NAfME.

Justin Mabry comes to Perc Up! 2014 as a featured percussion clinician!  Justin is currently an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Mars Hill University and a freelance percussionist with a background in both teaching and performance. Justin received his Masters of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro under the direction of Dr. Kristopher Keeton and his Bachelor of Music Degree from Mars Hill College under the direction of Dr. Brian Tinkel.

As a performer, Justin is one of the founding members of 10-Can Percussion, a NC based chamber percussion ensemble. He has performed with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Winston-Salem Symphony, Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, and the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC. During his studies at Mars Hill College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he participated in the marching band, percussion ensembles, marimba & steel pan band, jazz band, wind ensemble (2013 host of the CBDNA National Conference, UNCG), and university symphony orchestra.

Having a love for the marching arts, Justin participated in Drum Corps International as a member of the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004, receiving the High Percussion award, and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005 and 2006. He also participated in Winter Guard International as a member of Odyssey Percussion Theater in 2008.  He is currently the percussion arranger for Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps and was previously the percussion arranger for Coastal Surge Drum & Bugle Corps (2013). During his time as percussion caption head (2009-2013), Carolina Gold became the 2012 DCA A-Class World Champions, and the percussion program received the 2010, 2011 & 2012 High Percussion award. Most recently, Justin was the ensemble director and battery arranger for Wake Forest Independent indoor percussion ensemble as well as the director of percussion at Ronald W. Reagan High School in Pfafftown, NC.

In addition to teaching and performing, Justin is a featured percussion arranger for Standing O Marching. He has been a featured clinician at numerous college and high school workshops and is an arranger and adjudicator for several percussion ensembles and band circuits across the country.

Justin is an Alumni of Phi Mu Alpha, a member of Percussive Arts Society, and an artist/clinician for Innovative Percussion Inc., Remo Inc., and Pearl-Adams Corporation. Justin currently resides near Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Andrea.