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Sunday 17 October, 2021

The busy musical life of conductor and arranger, Keith Wilkinson, has taken a new turn following an invitation to work with Central Ohio Brass Band, as it regroups following the COVID-enforced break.

British Bandsman recently reported that Keith had retired as music director of Brass Band of the Western Reserve, mainly because of the long distance from his home to the band’s rehearsal site.

Soon afterwards, he was contacted by Central Ohio BB – and things moved from there. BBWR had been formed in 1997 after it was learned that Keith had moved from England to northern Ohio and, because of his long association with the band, he is proud to be its director emeritus.

The band organised an appreciation dinner for Keith and his wife, Audrey, in July. Leading the words of appreciation were the three longest-serving members of the band including Marcia Kline, the sole surviving member from the first rehearsal.

Central Ohio Brass Band, meanwhile, has the advantage of being based much closer to Keith's home and he has a long-standing association with the band as occasional guest conductor. The band has regularly participated in the First Section of the North American Brass Band Championships, a competition it has won on five occasions.

It is understood that in addition to his role at Central Ohio Brass Band, Keith remains active preparing new arrangements, with more works to be released in due course.

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