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Keith Brion

Guest Conductor

Keith Brion is a freelance conductor of professional and university bands and symphony orchestras. His own actively-touring “New Sousa Band” is a nationally-selected ensemble, which he has led since 1986. In addition to his many university and clinic appearances, he has been a frequent guest conductor of professional and military bands in both America and Europe. He has led his popular Sousa revival concerts with almost all of America’s major and regional orchestras.

In 1999, he began to record a series of 18 CDs of the complete Sousa music for wind band with London’s Royal Artillery Band for Naxos. As part of the recording series, he is making new performing editions of Sousa’s 135 marches.

Mr. Brion began his career as a vocal and instrumental teacher in the East Brunswick, New Jersey schools, where he started the music program. He served for six years as band director at the Newton, New Jersey High School. From 1963-72, he was supervisor of music with the Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools and Director of the North Jersey Wind Symphony while teaching flute as an adjunct professor at Montclair State and William Paterson Colleges. From 1973-80, he was director of bands at Yale University. He currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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