Sparky is a trumpeter and leader of the “Jazz Express” www.sparkysjazzexpress.com performing in the Galveston/Houston Texas area. He performs regularly with Trio Du Jour at The Tremont House in Galveston. He is also a member of the group “Jazz Sunday” which performs at various churches in the area. When not performing or directing jazz you can find him in the principal trumpet chair of the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, and he has performed in the pit orchestras during the summers at the Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals or College of the Mainland’s Biggest Li’l Theatre in Texas.
Sparky Koerner, professor of music, has been director of Jazz and Instrumental Studies at College of the Mainland (COM) located in Texas City, TX since 1983. Mr. Koerner was named Outstanding Teacher for 2001 at COM. In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 he was a finalist for Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He is currently Chairman for the Fine Arts Department at COM. His jazz ensembles and combos have won 1st place honors at various jazz festivals through out the state of Texas. The Jazz Ensemble performed at the Jazz Educators Network Conference in Atlanta, GA in January of 2013 and in St. Louis, MO in May 2010. The College of the Mainland Jazz Combo performed at the North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison, TX in 2009. The College of the Mainland Jazz Ensemble served as backup to Doc Severinsen and Diane Schurr at the Galveston Island Jazz Festival. Other guest artist who have performed with his groups include: Marvin Stamm, Robert “Doc” Morgan, Bobby Watson, Tom “Bones” Malone, Rich Matteson, Kim Richmond, Clay Jenkins, Bruce Foreman, Mike Steinel, Tony Campise, Ron Wilkins, Kathy Kosins, and Bill Mays to name a few.