About Us

10-can percussion is a North Carolina based ensemble committed to the performance of new and classic works for percussion. 10-can is comprised of founding members Corey Denham, Emory Hensley and Justin Mabry.  Formed in the fall of 2013 10-can is a natural continuation of music making that began while the group studied at Mars Hill University.  10-can has presented diverse concerts and master classes through out the southeastern United States.  With a repertoire that ranges from John Luther Adams to Daft Punk 10-can explores all the possibilities of percussion instruments.  Notable performances of include performing at the North Carolina Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion, the Black Mountain College Museum (RE)Happening an annual event honoring the pioneering artistic spirit of Black Mountain College, and a collaboration with percussionist Aaron Michael Butler performing the stand-alone premiere of Michael Burtner’s work “Anugi Unipkaaq“ for percussion quartet from Burtners multi-media theatre work “Winter Raven”.  10-can regularly collaborates with renowned percussion artists.  Recent collaborations have included Dr. Brian Tinkel, Aaron Michael Butler and Joshua Dryer.   10-can is currently an ensemble in residency at Mars Hill University where they perform concerts, give master classes and coach student chamber ensembles.

Justin Mabry is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Mars Hill University. Justin received his Masters of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro under the direction of Dr. Kristopher Keeton and his Bachelor of Music Degree from Mars Hill University under the direction of Dr. Brian Tinkel. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at MHU, Justin enjoys a career as a freelance percussionist.

As a performer, Justin is one of the founding members of 10-Can Percussion chamber percussion ensemble and Tempeste Arma Bassoon and Percussion Duo. He performs regularly with the Hendersonville Symphony OrchestraBrevard Philharmonic, Asheville Lyric Opera, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, and most recently the Piper Jones Band. He has also performed with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Winston-Salem Symphony, and the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC. During his studies at Mars Hill University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he participated in the marching band, percussion ensembles, marimba & steel pan band, jazz band, wind ensemble (2013 host of the CBDNA National Conference, UNCG), and university symphony orchestra.

Having a love for the marching arts, Justin participated in Drum Corps International as a member of the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004, receiving the High Percussion award, and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005 and 2006. He also participated in Winter Guard International as a member of Odyssey Percussion Theater in 2008. Most recently, he was the percussion arranger for Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps (2010-2014) and was previously the percussion arranger for Coastal Surge Drum & Bugle Corps (2013). During his time as percussion caption head (2009-2013), Carolina Gold became the 2012 DCA A-Class World Champions, and the percussion program received the 2010, 2011 & 2012 High Percussion award. Justin was also the ensemble director and battery arranger for Wake Forest Independent indoor percussion ensemble (2011-2014).

In addition to teaching and performing, Justin is a featured percussion arranger for Standing O Marching and a percussion designer for entertainment at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA. He has been a featured clinician at numerous college and high school workshops and is an arranger and adjudicator for several percussion ensembles and band circuits across the country.

Justin is an Alumni of Phi Mu Alpha, a member of Percussive Arts Society, and an artist/clinician for Innovative Percussion Inc., Remo Inc., Pearl-Adams Corporation, Grover Pro Percussion, and Sabian cymbals. Justin currently resides near Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Andrea and daughter Nora.


corey Indianapolis based percussionist and educator Corey Denham is committed to the commissioning and performance of new music and educating students in all areas of percussion. He is currently the percussion instructor for the Indiana State University Marching Band and several high school percussion programs through out Indiana. He is a founding member of 10-can percussion; a chamber ensemble who commissions and performs contemporary music in diverse venues across the country. In addition, Corey enjoys a career playing diverse genres ranging from jazz to orchestral music.

As an educator and clinician Corey is very active in the marching percussion community. He has served as the front ensemble caption head for Wake Forest Independent, and Co-Percussion Caption Head for the Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps. In 2013 he served as a percussion instructor and arranger for the Kadoudal Drum & Bugle Corps located in Quiberon, France. Most recently Corey was a percussion instructor for the WGI silver medalist Rhythm X Winds. In addition to Drum Corps and WGI, Denham has extensive experience composing and arranging for high school marching bands and percussion ensembles.

Corey holds the Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Bachelors’ in music education and music performance from Mars Hill University. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Percussive Arts Society and is an education artist for Innovative Percussion Inc. sticks and mallets.


Emory Hensley is a freelance performer and educator currently residing in Maryland. Currently, he is on the percussion faculty of the International School of Music in Bethesda Maryland. Emory is the percussionist for Balance Campaign, a chamber ensemble dedicated to discovering and showcasing modern works in the Washington D.C. area.

Emory received his Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from The University of Tennessee under Dr. Andrew Bliss and Keith Brown, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Mars Hill University under Dr. Brian Tinkel.

Emory is an artist with Innovative Percussion, a member of the Percussive Arts Society.