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Ron Keezer Wins
MAILED: Oct. 23, 1998|
Every year the Wisconsin Music Educators Association gives an award to an individual who has made significant contributions to music and music education during a sustained period of time.
This year Ron Keezer, associate professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will receive the honor.
The award will be presented to Keezer at the WMEA luncheon as a part of the 1998 State Music Conference in Madison on Oct. 30.
WMEA members from throughout the state nominated the Chippewa Falls native for this Distinguished Service Award. He was then chosen by a committee of past presidents of WMEA.
Keezer is the director of percussion studies, director of percussion ensemble, marimba ensemble and Jazz Ensemble II at UW-Eau Claire. When he's not directing, he spends his time composing, writing, adjudicating or leading organizations.
He has had compositions published through Hal Leonard Publishing and Kendor Music. He also has been published in a variety of music periodicals.
Keezer has been the featured guest clinician at high school jazz festivals throughout the state and was secretary/treasurer of the Wisconsin Unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators.
He was instrumental in founding the Wisconsin Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, has held the office of president twice, was a member of the national board for six years, and was the features editor of Percussive Notes for four years.
Keezer's personal music background includes studies at the Boston Conservatory, and performances with the Berklee Recording Ensemble and the Madison Civic Symphony. He has performed with musicians such as Dominic Spera, Julius LaRosa, Bob Hope and Roy Eldridge.
Glenn Nielsen, president of WMEA, said Keezer is "one of those people who continues to come through for students, music educators and colleagues. This award is well-deserved and long overdue."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 23, 1998