The Kennedy Center

U.S. Air Force Band’s Saxophone Quartet



Biography

The United States Air Force Saxophone Quartet is comprised of members of the saxophone section of The United States Air Force Concert Band, Washington, D.C.  The soloists are Senior Master Sergeant William Marr, soprano saxophonist; Master Sergeant Jeremy Koch, alto saxophonist; Master Sergeant Jake McCray, tenor saxophonist; and Master Sergeant Mary Beth George, baritone saxophonist.

This component of The United States Air Force Chamber Players was formed in 1987.  Since that time, the quartet has become very active, performing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, as well as traveling to high schools, universities and music conventions throughout the United States.  Some performance highlights include appearances at the 1988 Music Educators National Convention, The United States Navy Band's International Saxophone Symposium in 1987 and 1988, the 1990 College Music Society National Convention and Washington D.C.'s WGMS Radio Spotlight Show.

The United States Air Force Saxophone Quartet consists of musicians with versatile backgrounds, high levels of academic achievement and years of performing experience.  They are proud to present on this tour, Capriccio for Saxophone Quartet by Warren Barker.

SENIOR MASTER SERGEANT WILLIAM E. MARR
PRINCIPAL ALTO SAXOPHONE

Senior Master Sergeant William E. Marr is the principal alto saxophonist with the United States Air Force Concert Band, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.  In addition to his duties as superintendent of administration with the Concert Band, Sergeant Marr is the assistant Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of Training and the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the United States Air Force Saxophone Quartet.  Originally from Lubbock, Texas, his Air Force career began in 1987.

A 1982 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Sergeant Marr earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree.  He received a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Northwestern University in 1983.  His former teachers include Douglas Graham and Frederick Hemke.

Sergeant Marr's military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon.

MASTER SERGEANT MARY BETH GEORGE
BARITONE SAXOPHONE

Master Sergeant Mary Beth George is the baritone saxophonist with the United States Air Force Concert Band, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.  In addition to her duties with the Concert Band, she is a member of the United States Air Force Saxophone Quartet.  Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Sergeant George began her career in the Air Force in 1989.

A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, Sergeant George earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1989.  She also attended the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Her former teachers include Edward Yadzinski, Dr. Galan Kral and Chris Vadala.

Sergeant George's military awards and decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Air Force Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon.

MASTER SERGEANT JACOB McCRAY
TENOR SAXOPHONE

Master Sergeant Jacob McCray is the tenor saxophonist with the United States Air Force Concert Band, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.  In addition to the Concert Band, Sergeant McCray performs with the Ceremonial Brass, and is a member of the United States Air Force Saxophone Quartet.  Originally from Fairfax, Va., he began his Air Force career in 1998.

Sergeant McCray received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from George Mason University in 2007.  He has performed extensively with the Saxophone Quartet across the nation at prestigious universities and conventions including the NASA region V convention in West Point at the U.S. Military Academy and at numerous Saxophone Symposiums hosted by the United States Navy Band.  His former teachers include Dale Underwood, Jim Houlik, Rick Parrell, Mark Brandt and Geoff Thaler.

Sergeant McCray’s military awards and decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.

MASTER SERGEANT JEREMY P. KOCH
ALTO SAXOPHONE

Master Sergeant Jeremy P. Koch is an alto saxophonist with the United States Air Force Concert Band, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.  Originally from Chicago, his career in the Air Force began in 1998.

A graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Sergeant 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.  Sergeant Koch later graduated with a Master of Music in Music Performance from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.  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, Sergeant 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.  His former teachers include Michael Chesher, Jonathan Helton and Debra Richtmeyer.

Master Sergeant Koch’s military awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
U.S. Air Force Band’s Saxophone Quartet