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Keith is a former Maynard Ferguson trumpeter.
Keith started playing as an exuberant young student, and was in no time
being told that he had a natural ability. Once Keith started showing an
interest in playing for a living, he was quickly told to just keep it as a hobby,
how hard the music business is, etc. As Keith got in to high school, he got
“stuck” on the high note pursuit. Still chasing that dream of wanting to play
professionally, the lack of real guidance and support quickly took its toll.
Keith auditioned for Raymond Crisara at the University of Texas at Austin and
was granted a full ride scholarship. Believing what he’d been told for years
(you’ll never make it), he struggled his first and only year at UT… after
receiving a letter from the admissions office stating that the out of state
scholarship was cut due to legislation, Keith decided to hang it up as a
Keith quit trumpet playing for nearly 3 years. He was miserable and felt as
though something was truly missing from his life. Starting to play again was
no easy feat. Working full time, with no teacher nor motivation to play, made
things even tougher, but this time Keith marched ahead. He was offered a
chance to play with a local group forming (that he still performs with today)
and jumped at the chance. He started asking questions, reading, and
working hard on the one aspect that confused him from a young age. In
2004, Keith was offered the opportunity to play on Maynard Ferguson’s band
and jumped at that chance!!! Staying with MF for a year, Keith took every
opportunity to ask questions, take notes, and learn as much as possible.
Now Keith is ready to share this knowledge and years of hard work with you!