In New York City, Dennis worked for Music Minus One/Pocket Songs for six years, and three years as Executive Director. As a composer, he writes prolifically across genres, including jazz, classical, folk, sacred, orchestral, and music theatre. Mel Bay, Hal Leonard, Music Sales Ltd, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, Kimbo Educational, and Warner Brothers Music have all published his works. His Grand Central March was premiered at Grand Central Station in New York City in 2001, becoming the official march of this iconic landmark.
Dennis also has a particular interest in Biblical texts, and has written and published numerous books on this topic including: The Chronological Gospels of Jesus, Understanding the Timeline of the Bible, The Instruments of the Bible, and The Davidic Cipher, a breakthrough work on deciphering the Hebrew trope, which was featured on the History Channel's presentation of In Search of King David's Harp.
Dennis 'Mackie' McCorkle has been a creative force in the music and publishing industry for over 40 years.
Born in Ocean City, NJ, he learned his craft as a musician and composer from Frank Mullen, John Marlow, "protégé of Segovia," and Dennis Sandole, with whom the legendary John Coltrane, Art Farmer, James Moody, and Pat Martino also studied.
For some years, Dennis was a guitarist in the United States Navy Band playing for events in Memphis, TN, Greece, and Naples, Italy. A regular artist in the Atlantic City casino scene for over 20 years, he also performed and recorded regularly in Washington, DC, New York, and Philadelphia. He opened the first full-service recording facility in the area, working with artists such Neil Sedaka, Glenn Campbell, Rich Little, and the Miss America Pageant.
Dennis presently resides in Glastonbury, CT where he continues to write, teach, and perform. Current projects include innovative crossover contemporary folk, classical, and jazz compositions with Mackie and Me; collaborating and performing with international classical and crossover singer, Adèle Paxton. Their latest album, Songs of Enchantment, is shortly to be officially released and is a collection of settings of poems by the English poet, Walter de la Mare, recently performed at Cambridge University, England.
"McCorkle creates richly woven sonic tapestries."
The New Age Music Guide of 500 Top New Age Musicians
"Tasteful guitar music…" The Philadelphia Inquirer