Keith Wood was born at an
early age in
Arkansas, beautifully nestled in the
Ouachita Mountains (Mena, not Keith). He began playing trumpet
in 1973 and thanks his dad for keeping the old 1938
Conn cornet and the ‘Doc’
Severinsen albums all those years.
Midway through his
rather extended college career, Keith toured
Canada, the northern US,
Western Europe with the international group
Up With People. Upon returning to “civilian life”, he transferred to the
North Texas, and while attending
school there, became a music copyist in the
Dallas area. Back
in the late 1980's, his pen could be, uhm, 'heard' on
name accounts as Snickers, Radio Shack,
Toyota and Gordon’s Jewelry, as
well as doing copy work for arrangers and composers throughout the Dallas-Ft.
Worth area. He doesn’t remember ever being bored.
received a degree in Trumpet
Performance from North Texas in 1989,
and while in graduate school near
Nashville, received a call to play with Anita
Arkansas. Following four years
with Anita as lead trumpet and arranger, he played with several shows in
Missouri including Debra Moreno’s
“Blondes! Blondes! Blondes!”, The “At The Hop” Show and “The Shoji Tabuchi
Keith left the Branson scene and his schedule hasn’t slowed a bit since then.
He has performed with lots of neat folks and enjoys it when his date book is
filled. Besides Naturally Brass, he now keeps quite busy performing with the
Jack Terry Big Band, Full House, the Jack Mitchell Big Band, Combo and Praise
Band, and the Celebration Orchestra from the First Baptist Church of
Springdale. Keith along with his compadres,
Lake (trumpet) and Ernest
Whitmore (organ) make up the LakeWood Trio. All three of these fine gentlemen
are in demand as baroque soloists and clinicians.
Keith has studied trumpet with Don Kramer, Conrad Bauschka, Don Jacoby, Keith
Johnson, Roger W. Spaulding, Bobby Shew and Clint McLaughlin. He
enjoys all kinds of wildlife (some of which can be found in his house), green
vegetables, blue-eyed brunettes, collecting interesting trumpets, coins and
old-fashion albums, martial arts, mystery novels and learning things he missed
or that weren’t taught in ten years of college.