Chris 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. Under his leadership, the bands at BBMS have received numerous excellent and superior ratings at District Band Assessments and have won many awards at band assessment competitions. 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 MHS in 2015.
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 Community 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. In May 2012, Christopher was selected as the 2011-2012 Performing Arts Teacher of the Year for Bailey Bridge Middle School.
Christopher currently resides in Chesterfield County with his wife, Amy, and their children Meghan, Hannah, Kara, Madelyn, Matthew, and Callie.
Corey Koch, Associate Conductor
Corey Koch is the director of bands at Massaponax High School in Spotsylvania County where he has served since the school’s opening in 1998. Prior to this he was the Director of Bands at Courtland High School and had served as both the chorus and band director from 1992-1996. Mr. Koch holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from James Madison University, where he was member of the Marching Royal Dukes for four years. Corey has a Masters of Music in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Koch is a member of VMEA, VBODA, and Phi Beta Mu. He is also alum of the Eta Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Koch resides in Fredericksburg with his wife, Jeanne and sons Carter, a senior at CNU and Riley, a junior at Massaponax.