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Andrew David Koch

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Music
Office location and address
180 Culbreth Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

At the University of Virginia, Drew Koch assists in the administration and rehearsal of the total band program, including the Cavalier Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Men's and Women's Basketball Bands. Mr. Koch has been at UVa since 2005. A native of Southeastern Michigan, he received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University, Master of Music Education degree, with a trumpet performance emphasis, from the University of South Carolina; Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance, Literature and Pedagogy from James Madison University.

Mr. Koch was the Director of Bands at Chapin High School in South Carolina from 2001-2004. Under his direction, the Chapin Band earned consistent superior ratings at the SCBDA Concert Festival, regularly placed in the top 5 the State Marching Festival (finishing second in 2004) and was a State Honor Band every year under his direction. In 2005, the Chapin Band marched in the London New Year's Day Parade in England.

Mr. Koch is an active performer, clinician and adjudicator. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, the ACC Band Directors Association, the National Band Association, and was inducted as an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi in 2001 and Tau Beta Sigma in 2009.

MUPF 1150: Brass Technique for Woodwind Players
Credits: 1
This course is designed to be an introduction to the performing techniques and instructional materials of brass instruments. Furthermore, the students enrolled in the course will learn how to perform one brass instrument at a high level with the goal of being able to contribute as a brass player in the UVa Marching Band in the future.
MUEN 2600: Concert Band
Credits: 1
Concert Band
MUBD 2601: Basketball Band
Credits: 1
The Basketball Band performs at every home men's and women's basketball game at the John Paul Jones Arena and all post season tournament games. Much of the music must be performed memorized. New music is introduced on a weekly basis. Students enrolling in Basketball Band must be a member of the current year's marching band course (MUBD 2610, 2620, 2630, or 2640).
MUBD 2610: Marching Band I
Credits: 2
An ensemble that performs at all home football games and selected away games each season, also traveling to Bowl games and performing at special events. This course counts as performance, and thus subject to the limit of eight credits of the 120 required for the B.A. Prerequisite: Students are selected by audition.
MUBD 2620: Marching Band II
Credits: 2
An ensemble that performs at all home football games and selected away games each season, also traveling to Bowl games and performing at special events. Students assist in mentoring new band members enrolled in MUBD 2610. Prerequisite: MUBD 2610.
MUBD 2630: Marching Band III
Credits: 2
An ensemble that performs at all home football games and selected away games each season, also traveling to Bowl games and performing at special events. Students run sectional rehearsals and tutor students enrolled in MUBD 2610 and 2620.  Prerequisite:  MUBD 2620.
MUBD 2640: Marching Band IV
Credits: 2
An ensemble that performs at all home football games and selected away games each season, also traveling to Bowl games and performing at special events. Students assume leadership roles in the Marching Band, and contribute to the design and teaching of shows.  Prerequisite:  MUBD 2630.
MUSI 2993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUEN 3620: Wind Ensemble
Credits: 2
Wind Ensemble Prerequisite: Instructor permission by audition. Note: Because the subject matter changes each semester, courses numbered MUEN 3600-3690 may be repeated for credit, but no more than sixteen performance credits may be applied toward the baccalaureate degree in the College.
MUSI 3993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.