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I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.

Experience in the area

Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.


USAF,Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia, Men's National Music Fraternity, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Love Big Band, Gem City Big Band, Jazz Central Big Band, Shin Sings Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra,USAF Night Flight Jazz Ensemble, Different Hats Big Band, Jimmy Baker Blues Band, This Side Up, Freelance, KING KOELLER Quartet, Jazz Central Big Band, GB Work, Sax On The Web,


Saxophone On the Web; Anchorage Daily News; All Experts; Augustana College Public Radio, WVIK;


North Texas State University School of Music, Jazz Studies 1982-1986 Lead Alto, Lab bands 1982-83 and small group leader 1983-1984, Jazz Radio Host WVIK 90.1 FM NPR affiliate Rock Island, IL United States Collegiate Wind Band European tour 1980 Augustana College, Rock Island IL, Liberal Arts Music Mentors/Teachers:My father Bill Koeller, a Jazz Hammond B-3 Organist (1939-1997) Great Uncle Alfred Koeller, Acoustic Bass 1912-1993

Awards and Honors

Paul Shartle Musician of the Quarter Spring 2008; Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa featured soloist; McDonald's All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble 1979; US Collegiate Wind Bands,Paul Lavalle Conductor, tour of Europe,1980; John Phillip Sousa Award, 1980 Dimond HS Anchorage, Alaska; USAF National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; USAF Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; USAF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

Past/Present Clients

Performed with, Bob Hope, The Platters, Four Tops, Jimmy Dorsey, Crystal Gail, Helen Ready, James Williams, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Jack Jones, The Mills Brothers, the G-Clef's, Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, Performed for the King Of Thailand 2005, Tom "Bone's" Malone, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Turrentine, Performed for President Gerald Ford, President George W. Bush, The Maguire Sisters, The USO Girls-Andrew Sisters Tribute, The Four Lads, Lincoln Berry, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Louis Bellson, Buddy DeFranco, Walter Bishop Jr, Sadao Watanabe, Bobby Shew, Pete Jolly, Quad City Jazz Ensemble, Augustana College Symphonic Band, Jack Scott, Catfish Jazz Society, Intrigue-Boston Wedding Band, The Mark Herbert Little Big Band, The Pacesetters Big Band, The Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble, Pacific Showcase Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band under the direction of Lee Castle, Ronny Scott Orchestra, Big Al's Hot Dance Orchestra, The Dayton Sidewinders, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Ken Peplowski, Eddie Daniels, Buddy Guy, Roy Hargrove, Warren Parrish, John OMeara Jr., Dave Holcomb, Albia Silva,Vinnie Demartino, Clon VonFitz, The G Clef's

What do you like about this subject?

I love the Jazz Saxophone! Everything about Jazz, the tunes, the players, old horns, old mouthpieces, the saxophone tradition and history are unique to this country. Jazz, Blues and Rock are America's true art forms. Favorite players; Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Bud Shank, Art Pepper, Gerry Mulligan, Pepper Addams, Phil Woods, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Gene Ammons, and Stan Getz.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

When you have finally learned everything there is to learn, it's too late, you've stopped learning. It takes your whole life as a saxophonist in the jazz world to learn the horn, the chords and scales, the tunes, the tradition, the players, the equipment and the legacy of Jazz.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

I'm from the Quad Cities Iowa/Illinois which was the home of Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Bellson. It has a long history of traditional jazz, dixieland and the great American Jazz standards, such as, Misty, Satin Doll, Here's that Rainy Day, and St. Louis Blues. I grew up with a priceless Jazz education, fake books, jam sessions, late night gigs and dances.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Jazz music brings all races together in a non-segregated place of total creativity. There is no room for racism in Jazz.

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Recent Answers from Grant R. Koeller

2017-04-03 Sax Holton Soprano:

This is a silver plate sax, not a lacquered brass finish. This sax is silver plate over brass body. A lacquered sax is brass that has been shined up and buffed,then sprayed with a clear coating (lacquer)

2017-03-31 Holton C melody Sax:

Hello Chris,   this is not a Bb tenor sax.   This is an Obsolete C melody sax made in the key of C, these were popular in the sax craze of the 1920's for playing off the piano sheet music. This sax was

2017-02-04 Perfect curved Lyon & Healy:

Hello Shannon,  EA Couturier originally made this horn for Lyon & Healy, but Couturier did make horns for Holton and seems to have gotten absorbed by Holton. Additionally, Holton tried to improve the

2017-01-24 H.N. White Co. alto sax:

Hello Kay,  you have King Eb Alto No. 1004 "Solo Instrument" In 1916 [around s/n 50,000], responding to the rising popularity of the saxophone, the HN White Company began producing their own "King" model

2016-12-10 Buescher Aristocrat 1963 alto sax:

Hello Traci,You are correct, I get so many, "what is my sax worth" questions. No-one  ever asks  because they want to keep the sax forever and play the hell out of it. Instead I get flippers who are trying


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