Dr. Will Koehler is an active performer, clinician, and writer currently based in Houston, Texas. Koehler holds studios at some of the most prestigious high school music programs in Texas, including College Park, Seven Lakes, and Bridgeland. In 2022 Koehler led two student ensembles to the live rounds of the National Trumpet Competition in Boulder Colorado; a first for any student ensemble in Houston. An advocate for new music, Koehler released his premier solo CD “Mocking Midnight” in 2018. The CD was funded by a grant from the Presser Foundation which was awarded to Koehler during his time at Indiana University. In the fall of 2018 Koehler graduated from Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music with his Doctorate of Music Degree.
His experience in the marching arts spans seventeen years. Coming from an area without developed marching band programs, Koehler started his time on the field with Southwind in 2006-2007 and finished with the Blue Devils in 2009. As an educator he has successfully taught world class programs, including Bloomington North High School, Bridgeland, Seven Lakes, and The Woodlands.
Recent performance highlights include performing as a founding member of Ionic Brass, a quintet focused on new music and educational outreach. Koehler has also been a new works artist at numerous ITG Conferences, most recently in 2023. Being a champion of new music, Koehler gave the world premier of Kindred Spirits for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble by Kimberly Osberg with the Pittsburg State University Wind Ensemble in 2022. Koehler has earned degrees from Indiana University, Temple University, and Pittsburg State University. His teachers include Joey Tartell, Jeff Curnow, Alan Hood, and Dr. Todd Hastings.