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Dr. J. Corey Francis

Assistant Director of Bands 

Director of the Panther Marching & Basketball Bands

email: jcfrancis@eiu.edu

J. Corey Francis currently serves the Assistant Director of Bands at Eastern Illinois University, joining the faculty in 2012. His responsibilities at EIU include directing the Panther Marching Band, Concert Band, and teaching courses in instrumental arranging. Dr. Francis completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University (KY). His primary teachers have been Thomas Fraschillo, Robert Ambrose, Dennis Johnson, John Fannin, and Scott Erickson. Dr. Francis has also worked with Frank Battisti, Eugene Corporon, Jerry Junkin, Paula Crider, Jack Delaney, Frank Ticheli, and Steve Davis.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Francis served as Director of Athletic Bands at Indiana State University. There, he oversaw all aspects of the athletic band program. Under his direction the Marching Sycamores performed at the Bands of America Super Region in Indianapolis, as well as performed the National Anthem at the BOA Grand National Finals. Dr. Francis served as Director of Pep Bands at Georgia State University. Under his direction, the Pep Bands earned the acclaim and praise of officials from the Colonial Athletic Association, as well as the administration and alumni of Georgia State University. Additionally, Dr. Francis served on the staffs of Alpharetta (GA) High School (2004-2009) and Taylor County (KY) Schools (2002-2004). 
Dr. Francis’s enjoys working on contemporary and traditional masterworks of the Wind Band and Chamber Winds. He participated in the commissioning of three new works for wind ensembles from composers Jonathan Newman, Jess Turner, and Joni Green. Additionally, he is a contributing author to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series publishing by GIA, and his article “Creating a Expressive Gesture Palette” was published in the March 2011 issue of The Instrumentalist
Dr. Francis is an active clinician and adjudicator, and works with USBands. He holds membership in the National Band Association, The Collegiate Band Director’s National Association, the College Music Society, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Kappa Kapp Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He currently resides in Charleston, IL, with his wife, Christen, and their two daughters, Cortlyn and Catrina.

Allison Christian

Color Guard

For Ms. Allison Christian, color guard is more than a hobby: it is her life and  passion. Ms. Christian serves as the PMB Color Guard Captain and Director of the new Eastern Illinois Independent A Winter Guard. Over the last 11 years, Ms. Christian has dedicated her life to the sport of the arts. She started my career in color guard performing at Mattoon High School. After graduating, she became the assistant coach for the Mattoon High school color guard, and a few years later, became the Head coach for the Mattoon Middle School Color Guard.  In 2009-2010, Ms. Christian performer with the Vivace Independent A winter guard out of St. Louis,MO. She remain very involved with teaching and writing for various guards in the area, including Mattoon and Monticello, and her students have performed in DCI and WGI ensembles.

Andy Baldwin


Originally from Kankakee, IL, Mr. Andy Baldwin is an alumni of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, receiving his Bachelor's degree in music education with a concentration in percussion. Andy has been teaching and arranging for marching band, percussion ensemble and competitive drumline for close to 10 years throughout the state of Illinois.  Currently, Andy resides in Charleston, IL where he is currently the Director of Bands for the Shelbyville Middle School and High School in Shelbyville, IL, as well as the Drumline Instructor for the Eastern Illinois University Panther Marching Band.

Sarah Gorecki

Senior Assistant

Sarah Gorecki is a senior Music Education major from Elk Grove Village, IL. She specializes in clarinet and intends to continue her education by pursuing a graduate performance degree. Sarah has been a member of the EIU Panther Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Orchestra, as well as the Urbana Pops Orchestra in Urbana, IL. She is also a support staff member at Sangamon Valley High School in Niantic, IL, where she specializes in woodwind technique in the context of marching band. In addition, Sarah is a crew member at the Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston, IL and a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Matt Parker

Senior Assistant



J C. Francis
J C. Francis Assistant Director of Bands
jcfrancis@eiu.edu | 217-581-2312 | DFAC 0357 Doudna Fine Arts Center | Profile
Alison Christian Panther Marching Band Color Guard Instructor
Josh Milliman Panther Marching Band Color Guard Instructor
Andy Baldwin Panther Marching Band DrumLine Instructor
Maura Shepherd Senior Assistant 2013
Kayleigh Nuernberger Senior Assistant 2013

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