Ed Girling, Director of Bands
Ed Girling is in his seventh year at East Central Community College. In addition to his work as Director of Bands, he is the director for the drum line and front ensemble, Girling also serves as the applied percussion instructor and director of the ECCC Percussion Ensemble.
Girling has been teaching band and music in Mississippi for 37 years. He previously served as director at Forest High School (2005-2010); Scott Central (1995-2004), where he received STAR Teacher honors in 1998; Stringer (1994-95); Neshoba Central (1991-94); Manchester Academy (1988-1991); Cleveland (1987-88), North Sunflower Academy in Drew (1985-87); and Yazoo City (1982-86).
Girling has served as a clinic and contest judge, as a band clinician, and as a guest conductor. He has experience in organizing and administering clinics and contests. He is also a music arranger and composer and has served as a percussionist for various music groups.
Girling served two years as the director for the Scott County Honor Band which received superior ratings in concert and sight reading. He has also served as a director of several musicals in addition to performing in numerous theatrical productions.
He is a former president of the East Central Mississippi Band Directors’ Association and the Mississippi Private School Association. Girling is also a Past President for the Mississippi Junior and Community College Band Association (MJCCBA). He is a longtime member of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Theta Upsilon) and the Percussive Arts society.
A graduate of Pass Christian High School, Girling holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Music Education and a bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance from Delta State University in Cleveland.
Jeff Sorey, Assistant Director of Bands
Jeff Sorey is the assistant band director at East Central Community College.
Sorey has more than 30 years experience as a band director having served as director of bands and assistant director of bands with the Huntington Independent School District in Huntington, Texas, prior to joining ECCC in 2017. His experience also includes stints at Indianola Academy, Northeast Jones High School and Loyd Star Attendance Center, as well as additional schools in Texas.
He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Delta State University and a master’s degree in music from New Mexico State University. He is a graduate of Newton High School and Jones County Junior College.
Sorey assists with the college’s Wall O’ Sound Marching Band as well as the concert band and other instrumental ensembles.