Corey Funderburg

Director of Bands

Mr. Funderburg is a native of Pell City and an alumnus of Pell City High School. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelors of Science in Music Education in 2010 and earned a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2020. While at the university for his undergraduate work, he marched with the Million Dollar Band and played in many other ensembles. He started his own saxophone quartet, and sang with an a cappella group called “Subject to Change.”

He was hired as the Director of Choirs at Pell City High School in 2011. While teaching choir, the program grew from 11 members to over 45 and performed at many festivals and competitions throughout the southeast. After teaching for two years, he had an opportunity to teach as the Assistant Band Director and Junior High Director of Bands in 2013. In 2018, Mr. Funderburg was named the Director of Bands for Pell City High School. Corey was voted the PCHS Teacher of the Year by faculty and staff for the 2019-2020 school year. While the director, his groups consistently earn superior ratings at concert and marching competitions, performed in parades at Disney World and Universal Studios and, recently, placed top 5 in the national Metallica marching band competition.

Mr. Funderburg teaches the award winning Pell City High School “Marching Band of Gold”, two jazz bands, a percussion ensemble, the PCHS Wind Ensemble, and the PCHS Concert Band. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Alabama Bandmasters Association, and NAfME. Mr. Funderburg is married to Amy Funderburg and they have two boys and a baby girl: John David, Turner and Charlotte.