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Dr. Dakota Corbliss
Co-founder, Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Dakota Corbliss is currently the Assistant Professor of Horn at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Corbliss has previously served as an instructor of horn at the University of South Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, and Coastal Carolina University.


As an ensemble performer, Corbliss is Co-Principal Horn in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he plays with many other regional orchestras such as North Carolina SymphonyCharlotte SymphonyAugusta Symphony, and Virginia Symphony. In the past, he has performed with the likes of New World SymphonyMiami City Ballet, South Florida Philharmonic, New River Valley Symphony, the United States Navy Band Southwest, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, and many others. 


He is an avid chamber musician, helping found Vice City Brass, a collective of brass and electronic musicians aiming to bridge the generational gap between the past, present, and future. VCB has recently put out their debut album, "TELECONFERENCE." He has also performed in Belgium and France as a member of System 5 Brass.


Corbliss has recently co-founded a new music group called PIVOT, a horn and saxophone duo that aims to use their music to "pivot" the views of their listeners on important social issues. Their first album "terraform" has been released and is available on all streaming platforms.

Dr. Corbliss has an extensive background in pedagogical instruction, working with a wide variety of private students, chamber groups, and large ensembles. Presenting masterclasses at regional high schools and universities is a regular part of his instruction, as well as instruction in the marching arts. He frequents judging circuits across the eastern seaboard, and serves as a brass technician with Drum Corps International's World Class Sacramento Mandarins.

In an administrative role, Corbliss is currently the Chief Operations Officer for the Brass Institutes of America, a series of brass intensives that take place in the summer across the country. He has also worked logistics on many projects including the Savvy Arts Venture Challenge and the College Music Society Summit


Corbliss has earned a DMA from the University of South Carolina School of Music, an MM from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and a BA from Virginia Tech. His teachers have included JD Shaw, Richard Todd, and Wallace Easter.

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