From the local news to Anderson Cooper, Dr. Jake Kohut has been everywhere lately thanks to his dedication to music and music education. A music teacher and a member of the 257th Army Band, Sgt. Kohut spent this past week in a humvee protecting our nation’s capitol AND teaching elementary music. Jake and I have been friends for a long time and it was so fun to have him on the podcast!
Jacob Kohut is a Washington-based bassoonist, composer, and music instructor. He currently is the president of the Fairfax County Band Directors Association and coordinator of the Fairfax County Band Directors’ Association Solo Competition. His resume of compositions for various ensembles and ability levels now exceeds 50 pieces. Some of his ensembles have been performed by the Mason Symphony Orchestra, Mason Wind Ensemble, West Potomac High School Wind Symphony, Bishop Ireton High School Wind Ensemble, Lanier Middle School Wind Ensemble, Hayfield Secondary Symphonic Band, 257th Army Band, and the Capitol Reed Trio.
As an eleven-year member of the 257th Army Band in Washington, DC, Jacob has performed in Jamaica and the Virgin Islands for notables including the Jamaican Ambassador, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, National Security Advisor, H. R. McMaster, and Chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Frank Grass.
Download the episode to hear all about what Dr. Kohut has been up to recently!
Check out Jake’s Open Shot Tutorial HERE