Dr. Christopher Hoch is in his fourth year as director of The Ohio State University Marching and Athletic Bands. He also is associate director of bands and an assistant professor in Ohio State's School of Music. Prior to his appointment, he served one year as interim director, two years as associate director and one year as assistant director of Marching and Athletic Bands. He served for seven years as the director of bands at Rutherford B. Hayes High School in Delaware, OH, and three years as director of The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni.
Dr. Hoch’s work with The Ohio State University Marching Band has received national and international recognition for innovation and creativity in show design; he has been the architect behind many of the shows that have been watched by millions of people on YouTube and at various locations around the country. Under Dr. Hoch’s leadership, the marching band performed at the first College Football Playoff National Championship game after the 2014 season, and at Wembley Stadium in London in 2015.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Hoch serves as the musical director of the Scioto Valley Brass and Percussion Company, a Columbus-based British-style brass band, and he is active around the state of Ohio as a clinician, guest conductor, musical arranger and guest speaker.
Dr. Hoch’s Ohio State education includes bachelor’s degrees in music education and mathematics, master’s degrees in instrumental conducting and music education, and a PhD in music education.