Corey Colmey is a musician from upstate NY who has been blessed with a diverse musical education from whom he believes are some of the greatest musicians, groups and institutions in the world. He has had the privilege to perform with nationally and internationally recognized artists all over the globe.
He has performed in Seattle with the New Stories Quartet, The Vern Sielert Band, Doug Miller, The UW Studio Jazz Ensemble, Swamiko, The Fading Collection, and Cooter Stew.
In Boston, he has performed with Edan, Solstir, The Modeles, The West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, the Berklee Afro-Pop Ensemble, Klezmer and Yiddish Music Band, The Meters Ensemble, and legendary underground hip hop group, Fiber 2001.
In NY, he has performed with Don Grusin, The Yarbles, The Devin Garramone Band, Bob Cesari, Rick Montalbano, and Joe Ferlo. He has also been a part of various small groups, big bands, world music ensembles, theatrical pit bands, and has also paid his dues as a cruise line drummer on the "Tropicale" for Carnival cruises.
In addition to his performance credits, he has received multiple performance degrees including a M.M. in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Performance from Five Towns College, a B.A. in Music from University of Washington, a B.M. in Jazz Studies from University of Washington, and a Professional Music Diploma in Drumset and World Percussion Performance from Berklee College of Music. Corey was also the recipient of multiple music scholarships including the J.R. Monterose Jazz Musician's Scholarship, Gertrude Nourse Music Scholarship, Matthew Tyler Memorial Scholarship, and the Berklee Achievement Scholarship.
Corey's passion for music also brought him across the globe to Panama, Costa Rica, and Ghana, West Africa. In Ghana, he studied the traditional Ewe drumming styles in Kopeia village. There, he learned to dance, sing, and play the rhythms that are the roots of all music that we here today. In addition, he studied hand drumming, stick drumming, and culture in the northern region of Ghana, called Tamale.
His drumset teachers include John Bishop, Mark Ivester, Bob Tamagni, Larry Finn, Casey Scheurell, Ed Balsamo, Skip Hadden, the late Ed Kaspik, Rick Compton, John Bertrand,
He has also studied jazz improvisation with Marc Seales, big band arranging with Dr. Vern Sielert and Michael Brockman, composing with Dr. Brian Cobb and Dr. Tom Baker, jazz vibraphone with Bryan Carrott and Tom Collier, congas and timbales with Ernesto Diaz, North Indian Frame Drumming with Jamey Haddad, and Yoruban Bata Drumming with Miche' Rinquist.
Corey currently runs a private teaching studio in upstate NY, and is accepting private students in the Rome/Utica area.
He is always willing to collaborate with local musicians in any genre.