Welcome

I recently received my Bachelor of Music from The Hartt School in Tuba Performance and Music Education. I am currently working as an 8th grade band director and a high school marching band instructor. This summer I played tuba in a Jazz Vespers Service, and competed with Claddagh Pipeband on bagpipes. As I am continuously seeking opportunities to play tuba I am interested in forming a brass quintet in northern New Jersey. Please contact me if you would like to join a brass quintet.





Links

Philadelphia Brass

Claddagh Pipe Band

The Hartt School of Music Dance and Threatre
Keith Williams

Biography

Currently teaching music at Lincoln Middle School in Hawthorne, NJ, Keith Williams is a professional tuba player, and teacher. Keith studied tuba under Scott Mendoker while he worked on his Bachelor of Music degree at The Hartt School. He has also studied under James Jackson, Jay Lichtmann, Kevin Cobb, and Daniel Grabois. During his time at Hartt he participated in ensembles such as Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Tuba Euphonium Consortium, Brass Ensemble, HICO, Tuba Euphonium Quartet, and was the principal tuba player for the Apollo Brass Quintet.

Keith has recorded with the Hartt Wind Ensemble for Susan Botti’s new work, Terra Cruda, due to be released on the Hartt Wind Ensemble’s third Naxos CD. He has also played in The Raven, a collaboration between Connecticut composers, musicians, and a contemporary dance department. Keith is proficient on bagpipes and plays at a wide variety of venues including benefit concerts, church services, concerts, weddings, funerals, and memorials. He is a member of Claddagh Pipe Band, a competitive pipe band that also plays at various events and parades.

Prior to his time at Hartt, Keith was already recognized as a successful musician playing in ensembles such as the New Jersey All State Band, and the prestigious All Eastern Band. In addition to his teaching and performing he is currently forming a brass quintet in northern New Jersey and serving as a handbell director.

Being of Scottish heritage and growing up in the “highlands” of northern New Jersey, Keith took a strong interest in the bagpipes. This sense of taking the past and bringing it into the future in a new way is what Keith aims to do as a musician on tuba as well. It is for this reason that playing on CDs and in performances of music written in the last few years is so important to Keith as music continues to evolve and move forward.

Repertoire

Tuba

  • [+] Brass Quintet

  • [+] Tuba Euphonium Quartet

  • [+] Concerti

  • [+] Solo

Bagpipes

  • [+] Reels

  • [+] Hornpipe

  • [+] Slow Air

  • [+] Strathspey

  • [+] Jig

  • [+] March

  • [+] Other

Recordings

In the future I will upload recordings into this section for a sample of my playing

Keith Williams

Tuba and Bagpipes

Education

2013

The Hartt School, The University of Hartford

Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance & Music Education

West Hartford, CT 06117

2008

High School Diploma

West Milford Township High School

West Milford, NJ 07480

Teaching Experience

2013

Para Professional

Washington Elementary School (Hawthorne, NJ)

4-5 grade life skills class

2013

CPI Certification

2012

High School Internship

Guilford High School (Guilford, CT)

7-12 grade band

2012

Middle School Internship

Torrington Middle School (Torrington, CT)

6-8 grade band and lessons

2012

High School Internship

Simsbury High School (Simsbury, CT)

9-12 grade orchestra and band

2011-2012

Elementary School Internship

University of Hartford Magnet School (West Hartford, CT)

Pre-School general music

3rd grade beginning strings

4th grade beginning band

2011

Sectional Coach

Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble (GHYWE)

2011-2012

Executive Board for NAfME (MENC)

Treasurer

Performing Experience

2012-Present

Claddagh Pipe Band

2006-Present

Freelance musician on tuba and bagpipes

2012

The Raven

Tuba Player in pitt orchestra

The Raven is a 2012 composition by Bill Holden utilizing a small band and contemporary dancers

2009-2011

Apollo Brass Quintet

Principle Tuba Player

2011

Hartt Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO)

2011

Terra Cruda Recording

Due to release on a Naxos CD

Terra Cruda is a work composed by Susan Botti.

2007

All Eastern Band

Employment History

2013-Present

Para Professional

Washington Elementary School (Hawthorne, NJ)

4-5 grade life skills class

2008-Present

Restaurant Wait Staff

Breezy Point Inn (Greenwood Lake, NY)

Busboy

Food Runner

Server

Chef

Honors

GPA: 3.88/4.0

2008-2012

Performing Arts Scholarship

2009-2012

President's Honors

2009-2012

Dean's List

2008

Semper Fidelis for Outstanding Musicianship

Skill Set

Musical

K-12 Music Educator

Tuba Performer

Bagpipe Performer

Non-Musical

Web Development (HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, MySQL)

Math (Calculus, Statistics)

Contact Me

Keith Williams is available for tuba lessons, tuba performance, and bagpipe performances for any events including but not limited to parties, church services, graduations, weddings, funerals, and memorial services. If you would like to contact Keith, book him, or learn more please email him at williams@tubakeith.com

Contact Me