Middle School & GHS Jazz Bands
Music Grades 3-8
Cornelius Young, who teaches Elementary, Middle School and GHS Jazz bands as well as Music to Grades 3-5, is best known to Vienna audiences as the Music Director of the Vienna Community Band. He has served in that role since 2014. Mr. Young has a talent for being at home in a variety of settings and roles. For example, he grew up outside Jackson, Mississippi but attended school in Clinton, Mississippi. His first instrument was the piano, but he also plays a variety of instruments, including the tuba, steel drums, and drum set. And, while most of his performances have been in the capacity of jazz instrumentalist and conductor, he enjoys singing, too, and has sung as a bass soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, a performance accompanied by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Perhaps most importantly, being an avid performer, he also loves sharing his love of music with students of all ages.
When, in Grade 7, Mr. Young began playing the piano, he discovered not only the aesthetic pleasure of music, but also the satisfaction of its emotional side. His early experience, amplified by later studies, has contributed to his love of teaching. He has taught general and instrumental music at all levels, from elementary school through high school. He has also taught college as a graduate assistant. His goal is to prepare his students for the high school level in band. His own higher education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, Graduate musical study at Eastern Michigan University, and advanced studies in instrumental performance and conducting with a variety of musical artists.
Mr. Young’s wife Reena is also a musician and music educator in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Their young son Ketan enjoys singing with the radio.