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Jeremy P. Koch is an active saxophonist, chamber musician and teacher based in the Washington D.C. area. He is principal saxophonist and section leader of the United States Air Force Band, a position he was awarded in 1998. With the USAF Band, he has been a featured concert soloist on numerous national tours and international conferences, as well as performed with diverse artists such as: Tony Bennett, Wynonna Judd, and Kool & the Gang. As a freelance saxophonist, Jeremy has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, the Kennedy Center, among many others. He regularly performs with the Atlantic Reed Consort, Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, New Orchestra of Washington, RPS Collective, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Two Rivers Chamber Ensemble, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Serapis Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble and for the past two summers, he has toured Israel/Palestine with the Al Kamandjâti-Ramallah Orchestra.
Committed to teaching, he regularly presents clinics and recitals throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. In addition, he has presented saxophone masterclasses at universities across the nation including, the Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Arizona State University, and the Universities of Central Michigan, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina among others. He maintains a private studio in Northern Virginia and is adjunct professor of saxophone at Shepherd University and Northern Virginia Community College.
A proponent of new music, Jeremy has premiered solo, saxophone quartet and reed quintet works at numerous conferences of the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Saxophone Symposium, International Double Reed Society Conference and the American Composers Forum. He can be heard on countless recordings with the USAF Band, including the 2018 recording of Joel Love’s Saxophone Concerto: Solace. Other recordings include Atlantic Reed Consort's 2015 and 2018 release and with AUR on America's Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Volume III, all available on streaming services.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and received a Master of Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Prairie Ensemble, and Estilo Chicago. His teachers include Debra Richtmeyer, Jonathan Helton, Michael Chesher, Jean-Marie Londeix at Le Domaine Forget, James Umble, and Rick Parrell.
Jeremy Koch is proud to be a Selmer Paris Artist-Clinician