Dr. Keith Wilkinson has made rapid rise to prominence since joining the contesting band scene in 1976.
His training was varied with experience in choral and orchestral work as well as euphonium playing, including a period as principal with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.
As a student in Manchester, Keith conducted the Ashton-Under-Lyne Salvation Army Band and later took over the reins of the Derby Central S.A. Band when he moved to Nottingham to take up a post as maths lecturer at the city university. After two years with the Teversal Colliery Band he was appointed assistant to Geoffrey Brand in 1977 and took over as GUS musical Director in 1978.
The effects of his appointment were immediate and put the band on a successful title-winning run. He became much in demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator and has produced many popular arrangements for brass band - notably Berlioz's "Beatrice and Benedict" which was the 1980 regional championship section test piece.
Keith who is married with two children emigrated to America some years ago and until recently was deeply involved with the Salvation Army - as well as being the Musical Director of Cuyohoga Valley Brass Band.