Master Sgt. Jeremy P. Koch is the principal alto saxophonist with the Concert Band, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, his career in the Air Force began in 1998.
A graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Koch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance in 1996. During his undergraduate studies, he was the two-time winner of the Luther College Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and was the Des Moines Symphony Concerto Competition winner. Koch later graduated with a Master of Music in music performance from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. While there, he received the A.A. Harding Award and was the alternate winner of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Before joining the Air Force, Koch performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Prairie Ensemble, Sinfonia da Camera, Tower Saxophone Quartet and Estilo Chicago. He has premiered numerous solo and quartet works at the 11th and 13th World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance Convention and Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. Koch is an adjunct saxophone professor for Shepherd University and Northern Virginia Community College, and regularly performs with Six Impossible Things, Reed5 and Great Noise Ensemble. His former teachers include Michael Chesher, Jonathan Helton and Debra Richtmeyer.