Koiné formed in September 2003 to lead the music for St. Marcus Lutheran Church's (WELS) evening worship service. Koiné consisted of five regular members: Benj Lawrenz-guitar, Pete Reese-bass, Bob Buss-drums, Seth Bauer-piano, and Brian Davison-vocals. The band has evolved from there, obtaining a new drummer, Seth Kock, and a female vocalist Tracy Fedke.
Koiné's music is difficult to describe because it consists of a variety of different genres of music that have impacted each member, and each member brings their own style and feel to the band, which creates a dynamic presentation. If you grew up Lutheran, many of the songs you'll hear from the band you will recognize as songs sung in Lutheran churches throughout the country. Yet you certainly have not heard the hymns like this before - featuring bass guitar, drums, electric guitar, piano, and more! It's a bit of a renaissance of sorts for Lutheran music - and produces a sound that transcends to all reaches of life - to the heart of everyday life.
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