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Mr. 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 Symphonic Band, the Court Jesters Basketball Band, played trumpet in the Faculty Brass Quintet, taught classes in conducting/music education, and was co-director of the Texas Tech summer music camps. During his tenure at Texas Tech University, he was honored as “Outstanding Faculty Member” and in 1999 his “Goin’ Band from Raiderland” was recipient of the nation’s highest award for collegiate marching bands, the Sudler Trophy, presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Other honors include Kappa Kappa Psi’s “Distinguished Service to Music Medal”, Texas Tech’s department of residence life “Professing Excellence” award, the LubbOCk Independent School District’s Meritorious Service Award, and the Texas Tech Alumni AssOCiation’s “Distinguished Service Award”. In 2004 he was honored with the Texas Tech School of Music’s “Distinguished Alumnae Award”, and the Texas Bandmasters “Lifetime Meritorious Achievement Award”.
Prior to his appointment at Texas Tech, he enjoyed six successful years of public school teaching in the Jayton, Albany, and LubbOCk (Monterey HS) school districts. His bands 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 and Falconaires Jazz Ensemble, playing trumpet.
Professor Bearden is still very active at the state, national, and international levels. In addition to the many University Interscholastic League contests in Texas, he judges contests and festivals throughout the southwestern part of the United States. He is a concert/jazz adjudicator for Festival Disney in Orlando each spring and is a member of the adjudication jury for the World AssOCiation of Marching Show Bands. In August 2011, he judged the world championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In April of 2012 he judged the South American Championships in Sao Paulo Brazil and in July of 2012, the World Championships in Calgary, Canada.
He has also adjudicated the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland and Limerick, Ireland. He has been a board member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation and currently serves on three Sousa/Sudler selection committees. He is a board member of International Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity and is chair of the outstanding bandmaster committee. He is past president of the Texas Music Adjudicators AssOCiation, and past president of Texas’ Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Mu. He is also a member in Pi Kappa Lamda, national music honorary sOCiety. His wife, June, is a middle school band director in the Frenship School District.