Meet the Bosses of BOSS

408740_153725141441619_1374774418_nKris Parish (Band Director) is a native of upstate New York. He received his Bach­e­lor of Music Edu­ca­tion from Oral Roberts Uni­ver­sity in 1980 and his Mas­ter of Arts in Sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion from Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, San Bernardino, in 1985. Mr. Parish has served his entire 38-year teach­ing career in the Corona-Norco Uni­fied School Dis­trict (CNUSD). He has taught all lev­els of edu­ca­tion: var­i­ous ele­men­tary schools (1985–1990), Corona Jr. High School (1980–1982), Corona Fun­da­men­tal Inter­me­di­ate School (1990–1992), Corona High School (1982–1985), Advan­tage High School (1992–1995) and has taught at San­ti­ago High School since it opened in 1995.

Mr. Parish is the direc­tor of Santiago’s Fes­ti­val Winds, Jazz I, Jazz III, and March­ing Band. He has been a Men­tor Teacher and a Teacher on Spe­cial Assign­ment to help develop the district-wide music cur­ricu­lum. Mr. Parish also serves as Santiago’s performing arts department chair.

Mr. Parish has played pro­fes­sion­ally with notable artists, such as Natalie Cole, Chris Botti, B.J. Thomas, Burt Bacharach, Pat Boone, Bob James, Kirk Whalum, Bob Curnow, Nathan East, Har­vey Mason, Buddy DeFranco, War­ren Hill, Roger Williams, and Reyna de Los Ange­les Mari­achi Band.

In addi­tion, Mr. Parish has been a guest con­duc­tor for many honor bands through­out the Inland Empire and is a well-respected Con­cert Band and Parade adju­di­ca­tor for the Southern California Schools Band and Orchestra Association.

The Yale School of Music selected Mr. Parish to receive the 2013 Yale Dis­tin­guished Music Edu­ca­tor Award. The Yale Dis­tin­guished Music Edu­ca­tor Award is pre­sented bien­ni­ally to 50 music edu­ca­tors selected from across the United States for their out­stand­ing accom­plish­ments teach­ing music in the nation’s pub­lic schools. Mr. Parish was selected from a pool of nearly 300 nom­i­nees rep­re­sent­ing 45 states.

Mr. Parish has been selected as a Santiago “Teacher of the Year” and, most recently, he received the 2017 Outstanding Veteran Teacher Award from the Southern California Schools Band and Orchestra Association for his contribution to music in the public schools in Southern California.

 Contact Information for Kris Parish:

(951) 739-5600 Ext 2011
kparish@cnusd.k12.ca.us

RoseParade-8208Joe Dudek (Band Director) graduated from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), in 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.  He returned to CSUF to complete his Master of Music degree in Instrumental Music Conducting in 1996.  Mr. Dudek began his teaching career at Riverside Poly High School where he taught for 4 years.  Later, he returned to his hometown of Anaheim and taught at South Jr. High School, where he was named “Teacher of the Year,” and at Kennedy High School.  The Shamrock Regiment of Kennedy High School boasted a 250-member marching band and was invited to participate in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.  During this trip, Mr. Dudek also conducted a concert in the Sydney Opera House and served as an Assistant Director for the 2000-piece Olympic Band.

In 2004, Mr. Dudek moved to Corona’s newest high school, Santiago High School.  He is the director of the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz II, Jazz III, and the lead director of the marching program at Santiago High School.  In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Dudek is currently serving his second term as Vice President of Festival Adjudication of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA).  He is responsible for assigning judges for over 100 festivals in Southern California and for training and mentoring newly appointed judges.

Mr. Dudek is a well-respected Fieldshow, Parade, and Concert Band adjudicator for SCSBOA and is often a presenter or clinician at music conferences throughout California.

Contact Information for Joe Dudek:

(951) 739-5600 Ext 2108
jdudek@cnusd.k12.ca.us

RoseParade-8244Corkie Keys (Color Guard Director) began her pageantry career in middle school as a “letter girl” in The Music Man Youth Band here in southern California. She was a charter member of her high school’s color guard and served as captain for three years. Her performing career includes marching in the color guards with the Velvet Knights and the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, and the State Street Review and Miller’s Blackhawks Winter Guards, and she was a flag girl in the Big Brown Music Machine at CSULB. Over her 30+ years teaching career, Corkie has taught colorguard at all levels from beginner junior high students to Drum Corps International finalists.

After aging out of drum corps, Corkie spent 20 years living in Ohio where she was an active member of the Ohio Music Educators Association. She was an Ohio Marching Band State Finals Auxiliaries judge for 16 of those years, and was active as an instructor, clinician, and adjudicator both fall and winter seasons. Corkie moved home to SoCal in 2000, and fell neck deep into a marching band event she had never seen before: a band review!

Corkie is lucky to have amazing pageantry related memories as both a performer and an instructor. Most recently- the 2005, 2010 and 2011 Rose Parades, St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin Ireland, sunset parade in Waikiki, watching her son in DCI Finals marching in the 2008 Blue Stars horn line, and of course the daily thrill of helping her guard kids figure it out. There’s nothing like watching that light bulb turn on in a kid that has been struggling! She loves watching and learning from her competitors, and is in awe of the amazing things kids are able to accomplish with good teaching and a lot of heart.

Currently Corkie is  the director and head instructor for the colorguard at Santiago High School. She is very grateful to be working for Kris Parish and Joe Dudek, both of whom she is fortunate to call her friends.

Aside from her duties at Santiago, Corkie Keys is an Auxiliaries caption parade and field adjudicator with the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association. She served the SCSBOA as the Auxiliaries Representative to the Parade Adjudication Committee- an appointed position she held from 2005 to 2010. In 2009, Corkie received the SCSBOA Distinguished Member award. Corkie is also an adjudicator for the Winter Guard Association of Southern California where she specializes in the Equipment Caption. Corkie also teaches several other colorguards, and acts as mentor to several middle school guard instructors.

Corkie is mom to sons David and Joey, and is married to fellow pageantry buff and videographer extraordinaire Bill Park.

Contact Information for Corkie Keys:

corkie@mindspring.com