About Frederick Koch
Get to know Frederick Koch
Frederick H. Koch has been active as a professional musician for 40 years. Mr. Koch’s first job, at the age of 16, was with a Dixieland band on the back of a flatbed truck for a local political candidate in Atlanta, Ga.
In addition to his private studies on the clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Mr. Koch is an accomplished composer/arranger, whose works have been performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, and Carnegie Hall, among other venues. Mr. Koch has performed in a wide variety of musical styles from Classical to Rock, R & B, Salsa, World Music, Jazz, Broadway, and even Polka!
Among his many engagements, Mr. Koch has played with the Great American Music Ensemble, the Virginia Grand Military Band, the Duke Ellington Orchestra (directed by Mercer Ellington), the Ojays, Mary Wilson, the Temptations, the Four Tops, as well as European and American touring productions of “Meet Me in St. Louis”, “42nd Street” , “Grease”, and “West Side Story”. Mr. Koch is a veteran of the US Army and studied at the Berklee College of Music and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Along with his performing and writing activities, Mr. Koch has been active as a music instructor for over 30 years, teaching privately, coaching groups, adjudicating and conducting clinics. Mr. Koch believes strongly that his experience in different aspects of the music industry helps make him a better teacher.
Mr. Koch lives in Annandale, VA with his wife, Anne, his son, Louis, and his daughter, Miriam.