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Rick Coggin - Band Director

Rick Coggin grew up in Gardendale, Alabama where he was a member of the first marching band at Gardendale High School. He received his Bachelor's of Music degree from Jacksonville State University where he was a member of the nationally acclaimed "Marching Southerners". While at Jacksonville State he was also a member of the JSU Symphonic Band, Brass Choir, A Capella Choir and the Baptist Student Union Choir. He received his Masters of Music degree from Montevallo University and his School Administration degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. 

He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Alabama Music Eductors Association (AMEA), Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA) and Alabama Vocal Association (AVA), Phi Mu Alpha and American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Band Association (NBA).  Mr. Coggin recently retired as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Pinson where he served for over 30 years. 

Mr. Coggin is currently in his 43rd year as director of the Yellow Jacket Band.   The band consistently receives Superior ratings at marching festivals, District and State Band Festivals. The CHS Band has traveled to Washington, D.C, New York City, N.Y., Orlando, Florida, Gatlinburg, Tn, Atlanta, Ga. and Nashville, Tn. In November, 2009, 2011 and 2015 the CHS Band traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete in the Bands of America Grand Nationals Band Competition.   In November of 2013 and 2017 the band traveled to Atlanta to compete in the BOA Super Regional competition.  The band competes in several local competitions. 

Currently, the Corner Band has several former students receiving financial scholarships as members of University bands.  The Corner Band is represented in the Jacksonville State Southerners Band, Auburn Band, UAB Band, Faulkner University Band, University of North Alabama Band, University of Alabama-Huntsville, Wallace State Community College, and Bevill State Community College.

Mr. Coggin and his wife Rosemary reside in Fultondale, Alabama and are the proud parents of Kevin (Julie, Addison, Annalee, Ada Brooke, Alexa Kay), Tyler (Heather, Caroline and Mary Claire) and Maleah (Zack, Sanford, Smith and McCoy).


Debra Saunders - Assistant Band Director



Mrs. Saunders attended The University of Alabama where she met her husband and had the privilege of being one of the Drum Majors of the Million Dollar Band.  Mrs. Saunders graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumental Music Education in 2010.  From there, she went on to teach private lessons and substitute.  She taught general music in Muscle Shoals and then moved back to Birmingham to teach band and music in the Jefferson County Schools.  She is currently in her 4th year of teaching (her second at Corner) and first year of motherhood.  She loves her job and couldn't ask for a better place to work!

Mrs. Saunders is married to Daniel Saunders and are the proud parents of Larkin Elaine Saunders.