Dr. Keith M. Wilkinson
Dr. Keith M. Wilkinson moved to the United States with his wife, Audrey, and daughters, Debbie and Katie, in 1996. He has been delighted to play an integral part in the development of Brass Band Of The Western Reserve from its origins to the high standards it displays now.
Prior to his move Keith enjoyed long and successful periods as music director of leading championship bands in England, the GUS Band and William Davis Band. He was also in demand to travel, around Europe as well as in Britain, as a guest conductor and adjudicator. Among these appearances he was principal guest conductor of Newtongrange Silver Band (Scotland) and Brass Band Fribourg (Switzerland). Since arriving in USA he has been delighted to appear as a guest with several bands in USA and Canada and was, for a while, principal guest conductor of St Louis Brass Band, being crowned champions of the Honors Division of the North American Brass Band Championships in 2001.
Keith has been an adjudicator at the North American Brass Band Championships in both 2017 and 2018. The last couple of years have also seen him traveling across the Atlantic to conduct Helston Town Band (Cornwall), Newtongrange Silver Band (Scotland) and the William Davis Band for a special charity performance. Regarding his appearances with Newtongrange one commentator wrote “a welcome return to the UK of a conductor of proven 24 carat class “. (Iwan Fox, www.4barsrest.com.) Keith was also privileged to be featured in a full-length article in the international magazine, The Brass Herald, in October 2017.
In March, 2008, Keith was presented the God And Country Music Award by The Salvation Army and Brass Band of Columbus for “his outstanding contributions to brass banding in USA, Britain and Europe”.
Keith tried his hand at brass band orchestration while still in high school and this aspect of banding has continued to hold his attention. He has more than 100 published arrangements with publishers in Britain, Switzerland and USA. Some of his arrangements have been used as test pieces at major championships. In order to make his arrangements available more rapidly he has formed his own publishing company, Alum Creek Music (www.alumcreekmusic.com)