About Alum Creek Music
Alum Creek Music has been formed to enable a quick release of Dr Keith M Wilkinson's arrangements. In addition to the titles listed here, Keith has arrangements with other publishers in Britain, Switzerland and USA. Some of his arrangements have been used as test pieces in major championships.
Keith brings with him a wealth of experience gained in the UK, the home of brass bands, initially as bandmaster of the Salvation Army Bands at Ashton-Under-Lyne and Derby Central followed by successful periods as musical director of leading championship bands, the GUS Band and the William Davis Band. He was also in demand to travel, around Europe as well as in Britain, as a guest conductor and adjudicator. Among these appearances he was principal guest conductor of Newtongrange Silver Band (Scotland) and Brass Band Fribourg (Switzerland).
Keith moved to USA in 1996 but is still able to occasionally accept invitations to conduct in Britain, 2015 having been especially busy in this regard. In May he had the privilege of successfully directing Newtongrange Silver Band in the Spring Brass Band Festival. Regarding this appearance one commentator wrote "a welcome return to the UK of a conductor of proven 24 carat class". (Iwan Fox, www.4barsrest.com.) Then in October he directed the William Davis Band in a special charity concert and in November he was the guest of Helston Town Band in Cornwall where he adjudicated their Annual Solo and Quartet Contest and directed the band in the town's Remembrance Concert. He returned to Newtongrange in 2016 to direct them at both the Scottish Championships and Spring Brass Band Festival.
After his move to USA Keith initially lived in northern Ohio and very soon attracted the attention of brass players and percussionists in the area. As a result Brass Band Of The Western Reserve came into existence in 1997. This band has created a very good impression, not only in northern Ohio but also in surrounding areas. In addition to the many concerts where the band appears by invitation of local organizers, BBWR presents a Concert Series of five concerts annually at Medina Performing Arts Center.
Following a move to central Ohio Keith continues to direct BBWR and he was also the inspiration for the formation of Chapel Brass, based in Columbus, which he directed from 2001 to 2016.
Since arriving in USA, Keith has also had several opportunities to share his talents as guest conductor with bands in both USA and Canada and for a period he was principal guest conductor of St. Louis Brass Band.
In March, 2008, Keith was presented the God And Country Music Award by The Salvation Army and Brass Band of Columbus for “his outstanding contributions to brass banding in USA, Britain and Europe”.
Keith tried his hand at brass band orchestration while still in school and this aspect of banding has continued to hold his attention. Having the opportunity to play his arrangements with bands he is directing is an obvious advantage. Indeed many of his arrangements have been inspired by the needs of his bands. His arrangements are featured regularly in the programmes of many bands around the world.