Dr. Keith M. Wilkinson moved to the United States with his wife, Audrey, and daughters, Debbie and Katie, in 1996.
Prior to his move Keith enjoyed long and successful periods as music director of leading championship bands, 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).
Keith is still able to occasionally accept invitations to conduct in Britain, 2015 having been especially busy in this regard. In May he had the privilege of successfully directing Newtongrange Silver Band in the Spring Brass Band Festival. Regarding this appearance one commentator wrote “a welcome return to the UK of a conductor of proven 24 carat class “. (Iwan Fox, www.4barsrest.com.) Then in October he directed the William Davis Band in a special charity concert and in November he was the guest of Helston Town Band in Cornwall where he adjudicated their Annual Solo and Quartet Contest and directed the band in the town’s Remembrance Concert. He returned to Newtongrange this year to direct them at both the Scottish Championships and Spring Brass Band Festival.
Since arriving in USA, Keith has had several opportunities to share his talents as guest conductor with bands in both USA and Canada and for a period he was principal guest conductor of St. Louis Brass Band.
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 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 now formed his own publishing company, Alum Creek Music (www.alumcreekmusic.com).