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Teenage Drummer Conquers Manhattan

Corey King Entertains at Gala RHS Reunion

This past weekend, the village hosted a gala reunion for all the Roslyn High School graduating classes of the 1970s. During the festivities, much of the talk undoubtedly turned to the celebrants’ offspring. One of them, Corey King, son of Richard King, Roslyn High School Class of 1976, played at the event. At age 14, Corey, a student at the Green Vale School, is one of the top young drummers in the New York City area.

At the reunion, Corey played with his band, Trone, a teenage classic rock power trio. This Friday, July 30, the band will be playing at Washington Square Park, from 4 to 7 p.m. A month later, on Friday, Aug. 20, Trone will give a return engagement at the park, at the same 4 to 7 p.m. time period. Corey and his band just completed their first recording session in Sabella Studios in Roslyn with Scott James as the recording engineer.  A popular local radio station is excited about playing their music. The other Trone members are Sean Gaffney on vocals and bass and Will Adler on guitar.

The concerts in Roslyn and in Manhattan will culminate a busy summer for Corey and his band. Earlier this summer, Corey played at the famous Bitter End rock club in the West Village. In one show, he was the youngest musician playing with Richie Cannata and his band. Richie is Billy Joel’s former saxophone player. The Bitter End is famous as the small, intimate club on Bleecker Street where countless comics and musicians have gotten their starts and made star performances. They include such comics as Woody Allen, George Carlin, and Mort Sahl and such musicians as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Randy Newman.

According to his father, Corey originally took guitar lessons at age nine. At 10 years old, needing a last minute drummer for his brother Jonathan’s Bar Mitzvah, Corey jumped in to play with the older kids, having never taken a drum lesson. Within weeks, the family hired John LaCella, a professional drum instructor and recording artist. LaCella is only one of Corey’s several mentors in the music field, the others being actors and musical directors in the Broadway community.  “Corey’s musical talents may also have stemmed from his grandmother, Joan King from East Hills, whose natural piano playing ability influenced his love of music,” Richard King recalled.

Around that same time, Corey joined the Port Washington School of Rock, which is now the Roslyn School of Rock. After seeing the Broadway hits, Jersey Boys and Memphis, Corey, according to his father, quickly taught himself the musical scores from both productions. He befriended the stars of these shows, including Sebastian Arcelus from Jersey Boys, who also attended Green Vale. In addition, Corey became friends with Kenny J. Seymour, the musical director and conductor from Memphis, receiving complementary letters about his young success.

From there, Corey went on to play at BB King’s club in New York City with Earl Slick, a guitarist on various John Lennon and David Bowie albums. Corey has also performed at the Blender Theatre and venues across Long Island including Roslyn’s Salon Rock with the Roslyn School of Rock.