Christopher Fens, Lead Conductor
Christopher Fens began his teaching career in 2002 in Chesterfield County, Virginia where he was hired as the band director for Bailey Bridge Middle School. While director at BBMS, Christopher also served as the Assistant Director for the Manchester High School Lancer Bands which led to his appointment as Director of Bands at Manchester High School in 2015. Under his leadership, the bands at BBMS and MHS have received numerous superior ratings at state assessments and have won many awards at assessment competitions including being recognized as a Virginia Honor Band and multiple Blue Ribbon School of Excellence awards.
Prior to his teaching, Christopher spent four years with the United States Marine Corps Band at Quantico, Virginia. After his service, he continued his education at Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in December 2000 (cum laude) and Master’s Degree (magna cum laude) in May 2002. Both degrees are in Music Education with a
concentration in conducting. As a graduate student, Christopher served as the teaching assistant to Dr. Terry Austin and had many opportunities to conduct the University Band and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He also served as coordinator of the VCU Pep Band and received the VCU Outstanding Graduate Student Award upon his graduation.
Christopher held the position of conductor for the Chesterfield Community Band from January 2000 to December 2004. In January 2002, he was selected as the conductor of the Fredericksburg Concert Band and still holds that position today. In 2008, he was selected to be the Band Director for the American Legion Boys State held at Radford University and was nominated and inducted into the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity in 2009. Christopher is currently a member of the Virginia Music Educators Association, NAFME: The National Association for Music Education, the Phi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and the American Legion. He is an active adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor in all levels and has served throughout the state and along the east coast in these roles.
Christopher currently resides in Chesterfield County with his wife Amy, and is the proud father of six wonderful children.
Corey Koch, Associate Conductor
Corey is the director of bands at Massaponax High School and has taught for 27 years in Spotsylvania County. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University and a Master of Music in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Corey performs with Fredericksburg Concert Band and the Presbyterian Brass. He was the
Massaponax High School Teacher of the Year in 2011 and in 2017, was the first recipient of the Ken Lipscomb Outstanding Bandmaster Award presented by the Alpha Chi chapter of Phi Beta Mu.
Corey is a proud alum of the JMU Marching Royal Dukes, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Eta Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. He resides in Spotsylvania County with his wife, Jeanne, sons, Carter and Riley, and dog Mason.