As a result of this unique environment, Henry didn’t learn his craft in the school band the way many other brass band musicians in New Orleans learn. Treme was his music classroom; family members and neighbors on every block were his teachers. “I always had people like Tuba Fats giving me tips on what I needed to do during gigs; Freddie Kemp, sax player with Fats Domino; also Stack Man, Frederick Shepard, Roderick Lewis. They all lived in the neighborhood and played with the Treme Brass Band.
Henry began his life as a musician on the snare drum but switched to trombone at age 10. At 16, his uncle felt he was ready for the Treme Brass Band, so he joined that New Orleans institution as a young man. “He just threw me in the mix with all those bad musicians, said ‘This is how you gon’ learn. Just go for it.' Showing him the ropes along with his uncle was trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. “They put me with a lot of musicians who were phenomenal, taught me a lot about stage presence, how to conduct yourself, coming to gigs on time.”
Henry took over Kermit's longstanding Thursday night gig at Vaughan's a few years ago. Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet can be seen there every Thursday night, 10p-close.