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Keith Bearden
Keith Bearden, Professor Emeritus, retired from Texas Tech University in May 2003 after 23 years as Director of the “Goin’ Band from Raiderland” and Associate Director of Bands. In addition, he conducted the University Concert Band, the Court Jesters Basketball Band and played trumpet in the Faculty Brass Quintet. He taught classes in conducting, music education and was co-director of the Texas Tech summer band & orchestra camps. His bands performed for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. The Texas Tech band performed in numerous bowl games under his direction. Also under his leadership, Texas Tech band members have traveled to Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. Prior to his appointment at Texas Tech, he enjoyed six successful years of public school teaching in Texas. His bands at Monterey high school in Lubbock were consistent winners in concert, marching and jazz on both state and national levels. He served four years in the United States Air Force Academy Band. While at the USAF Academy, he was trumpet section leader of the concert band and played trumpet in the Falconaires Jazz Ensemble.

During his tenure at Texas Tech University, Bearden was honored in 1994 as “Outstanding Faculty Member” by Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa. In 1999, his “Goin’ Band from Raiderland” was recipient of the nation’s highest award for collegiate marching bands, the Sudler Trophy. This award is presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. In 2001, he was honored by Kappa Kappa Psi with its highest national achievement award, the “Distinguished Service to Music Medal”. In 2003 he received the “Professing Excellence” award presented by the Texas Tech Service Center and The Department of Housing and Residence Life, the Lubbock Independent School District Service Award, and the Texas Tech Alumni Association’s “Distinguished Service Award”. In 2004 he received the Texas Tech School of Music’s “Distinguished Alumnae Award”, and was honored at the Texas Bandmasters Convention in San Antonio with the “Lifetime Meritorious Achievement Award”. Professor Bearden is still very active at the state and national levels. He serves as clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. He is on the board of directors of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He serves on three selection committees for the JPS Foundation. He is a board member of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity and is chair of the outstanding bandmaster committee. He serves on the board of directors of the “Goin’ Band Association” at Texas Tech University. He is past president of Texas’s Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Mu. In 2007, he finishes a two year term as president of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He also served that organization for three years as concert band vice president. He is a member of numerous other state and national music organizations. His wife, June, is a middle school band director. His two sons played trumpet in the Texas Tech Band. Stephen is a Lubbock realtor. He and wife Holly have two daughters, Bonnie and Katie. Daniel is a petroleum engineer with Conoco-Phillips in Anchorage, AK.


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