B.M.E., M.M. Illinois Wesleyan University
Keith M. Zimmerman teaches saxophone and saxophone ensembles at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, where he was also the saxophone and music theory teacher for the summer band camps for 25 years until the camps were discontinued in 1996 . In August, 2000 he was asked by the head of the Bradley University Music Department to additionally join the Peoria, Illinois, music faculty as saxophone professor to create a saxophone class and ensembles. He is the former director of the highly respected Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band at Lincoln, Illinois' District 27 Schools, a position he held for 33 years until late May, 2000 while also teaching at Illinois Wesleyan and performing in a variety of venues. He continues to be in demand as a private saxophone and clarinet instructor for many more advanced public school students from a large area of Illinois and has served the Illinois Music Educator's Association as saxophone auditioner for the All State festival bands for 39 years.
He earned a B.M.E. and an M.M. in saxophone performance from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1967and 1970, respectively, and did graduate study with American concert saxophone pioneer Cecil Leeson at Ball State University. He also studied with Canadian concert saxophonist Paul Brodie, and, as the recipient of a scholarship from the French Ministry of Culture, he pursued extensive post-graduate study in France with Daniel Deffayet, professor of saxophone at the Paris National Conservatory while living in Nice and Paris, France.
Mr. Zimmerman's saxophone playing and teaching career was extensively profiled in a cover story interview for the January/February 2002 issue of the international "The Saxophone Journal" and was again similarly featured in the May/June 2012 issue. He is also author of "Readings for Band and Orchestra Directors," a handbook and reference for band and orchestra directors and upper level college students studying to become directors and has written numerous articles on saxophone playing and teaching for the on-line Conn-Selmer Keynotes Magazine.
A founding member of the World Saxophone Congress and the North American Saxophone Alliance, Zimmerman has frequently performed for regional, national, and international meetings of those bodies. He has appeared in concert in Canada, France, England, and Germany and many parts of the U.S. as a soprano, alto, and tenor saxophonist. In 1972 he co-founded the Illinois Saxophone Quintet which he played in until the group disbanded in 1994. His recitals have been broadcast a number of times on PBS radio.
From 1982-1995 he frequently played as first call lead alto saxophone for the Ringling Brothers Circus and since 1994 has been first alto saxophonist with the professional Pekin, Illinois Park District Concert Band and is a Paris Selmer saxophone artist/clinician for The Conn-Selmer Company whose Serie III Paris Selmer saxophones he plays.