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Kelby Koch is currently in his 4th year as a band director in Dickinson ISD and second year at Kranz Junior High School.He is responsible for the Honors Band and Concert Band and assists with all the other performing organizations and beginner classes. Prior to coming to Dickinson, Mr. Koch earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in trumpet performance. While at Indiana, Mr. Koch studied with Edmund Cord and Anthony Plog. After graduating Mr. Koch studied extensively with Robert Walp of the Houston Symphony. During this time, he also found success teaching private lessons. Mr. Koch has had students win several solo competitions, perform in the National Youth Orchestra of America, Honor Orchestra of America, Jazz Band of America, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, and many continuing successful careers in music.
Mr. Koch is the son of Jim Koch, his legendary high school band director at Brazoswood High School. Kelby credits his parents and especially his father with his and his brother Kelton’s musical success. Kelton is a trombonist in the Zurich Opera and formally a trombonist in the New World Symphony. Without their support and knowledge, he wouldn’t have had the opportunities to study with some of the finest brass teachers, and be in the position he is today.
Mr. Koch plays professionally in the Houston area playing a variety of styles mostly consisting of classical and jazz. He is a member of the Houston Brass Band, Danny Ray Acoustic Production, Symphonic Brass of Houston, Royal Dukes Band, Brazosport Jazz Orchestra, and Brazosport Big Band.
In the first year at Kranz the Honors band recieved a superior rating at UIL, 1st place at the Gator Music festival, 1st place in the 3C Region Honor band process, and runner up from advancing to state. Mr. Koch is extremely excited to be apart of the Dickinson Gator Band and continue to build off a great first year at Kranz.
Please do not attempt to bring instruments or get instruments until a plan is in place. Thanks!
Visit https://www.kranzband.org/ to find updates and music. During the "corona time" we will be completing all assignments through smartmusic. If you cannot utilize smartmusic you will be expected to email me recordings of the UIL music with a metronome. Follow the instructions on the home page to download smartmusic to find online assignments.
In order to use the software, you need to create a SmartMusic account and join the class using this code: LKZPM-DEEHL.
1. Open a Chrome browser and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
2. When prompted for a class code, please enter:
Once you are in smartmusic find assignments and get to work! Don't be afraid to send something in that isn't perfect. I'd like to be able to give comments and suggestions to you as often as possible to help!
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