ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Keith Johnson has served as Director of Bands at El Cerrito High School since 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and a Master of Arts degree in music education with an emphasis in wind band conducting from San José State University. Prior to arriving at El Cerrito High School, Keith held positions as Director of Jazz Bands at Portola Middle School in El Cerrito, California and Director of the Jazzschool Young Musicians Program in Berkeley, California, where he founded and directed the Downbeat Award-winning Jazzschool Studio Band.
Keith maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for honor bands and summer camps in Northern California. Groups under his direction have received numerous awards and performed in venues throughout North America and Europe including Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and at several jazz festivals including the Montruex, North Sea, Umbria, and Monterey jazz festivals among others. During his tenure at El Cerrito High School, the Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble were both selected to perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC) in 2014 and 2018, respectively.
Keith has served on the on the boards of several professional organizations including the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), California Alliance for Jazz (CAJ), and currently as President of CMEA Bay Section. Keith has been the recipient of various teaching honors that include the El Cerrito High School Teacher of the Year in 2020, CMEA Bay Section Outstanding Jazz Educator Award in 2018, KRON 4 Teacher of the Week in 2016, CMEA Bay Section’s Gilbert T. Freitas Outstanding Music Educator Award and West County Ed Fund’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2014. In 2014, Keith was also recognized as the West Contra Costa Unified School District Teacher of the Year.
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