Mark Koch is the Director of Jazz Guitar for Duquesne University’s Guitar Department, and Co-director of student Jazz guitar ensembles.
His guitar teachers were Hoyt “Slim” Bryant, Joe Negri, Ron Anthony, Joe Carola, Pat Monaco, and Bill Clydsdale, Mark also has studied Jazz theory and piano with Robert Doak and composition with Mike Tomaro. Mark Koch also studied with Pat Martino and appeared with Mr. Martino in the documentary, “Pat Martino: Open Road.”
As a performer with various ensembles, Koch has opened for John Scofield, Diane Schuur, Tony Bennett, Emily Remler, Leni Stern, Yellow Jackets, Three Dog Night, Joe Beck, Gene Bertoncini and bassist Michael Moore, Delbert McClinton, Randy Brecker, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Stanley Turentine, Concord Jazz Guitar Collective, Turtle Island Quartet, and Kool and the Gang.
He has accompanied and worked with a variety of artist in performances and/or clinics; Max Roach, H.B. Barnum, Frank Gambale, Emily Remler, Tommy Tedesco, John Pisano, Jimmy Bruno, Howard Alden, Seymour Duncan, Steve Dudas, Johnny Hiland, Bob Babbitt, Carol Kaye, Joe Negri, Bill Warfield, Sheryl Bailey, Mike Stern, Tim Eyermann, Little Anthony, Jerry Vale, Charo, Frankie Avalon, Robert Guillaume, Peter Noone, Tommy Roe, Martha Reeves, Michelle Bensen, Al Martino, Jimmy Beaumont, Bobby Rydell, Gianna Russo, Lou Christie, and the PBS My Music Series TV Show with Davey Jones, Roger McGuinn and Mitch Ryder, plus thirty (30) more performers.
2001-2013 Mark was the Administrative Director of the MENC/NAMM/GAMA (Music Educators National Conference / National Association of Music Merchants / Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association) “Teaching Guitar” in the classroom program, which was created to revitalize the guitar in education. This very successful task force has trained more than 1,000 high school and middle school music teachers across the United States, who in turn taught more than 280,000 young guitarists.
In 1986 he was a founding member of Duquesne University’s Guitar & Bass Workshop and was Director from 1998-2011
His solid reputation as a studio musician had led him to recording sessions for US Airways, Pappan Restaurants, the University of Pittsburgh, Roy Rogers, and Four Star Pizza. He has also worked with local radio and TV stations such as WQED, WTAE, WDVE, 3WS and WPXI and a variety of local musician’s CD projects.
Koch was the musical supervisor and guitar tutor for Mel Shapiro’s “The Lay of the Land,” directed by actress Lee Grant and staring actor Greg Mullavey.
He was also the guitarist for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre Production of “The Hairy Ape” with musical director and Jazz legend Max Roach. The production, directed by George Ferencz, was filmed for the Lincoln Center Archives. He was a Guest Speaker in a 2000 City Theatre production of “Sideman.”