Band Leader, Terry Koger, a native of Trenton, New Jersey began his musical training at an early age on piano and later on alto saxophone. He played clarinet and bassoon during his early training also. His first jazz instructor, Mr. Thomas Grice, was instrumental in his early training, teaching Terry about improvisation and the art of teaching music.
Terry attended Morgan State University majoring in Music Education. He also developed and interest in Black Music Research, studying the history of Black Music and the contributions of black Americans to the vast field of music. He was mentored by significant scholars in the field such as Dr. Samuel A. Floyd, Dr. Eileen Southern, and Dr. Dominique Rene deLerma. He has published works in the Black Music Research Journal and the Black Perspective in Music.
Since that time, Terry has performed Musical Therapy in the Baltimore/Washington/Virginia area for the “Young at Heart”. He has played for thousands of elders for the past 10 years performing room visits and theme music programs at nursing homes, assisted livings facilities and hospitals throughout the metropolitan area. In addition to leading his own ensembles, he has been featured as a sideman and a featured soloist. He has worked with many area musicians in various musical settings. He has worked with the Vattel Cherry Ensemble Soulstation and The Eubie Blake Big Band, He currently plays with the Muthafunkaholix and the Deep Water Jazz Ensemble.
Terry has been influenced by many saxophonists including Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, Rashaan Roland Kirk and John Coltrane. He continues to hone his craft in jazz on piano, vocals and improvisation by attending the Vince Evans Jazz Workshop following the dynamic teachings of jazz pianist Dr. Barry Harris.