Associate Professor of Music
Nick Keelan is Associate Professor of Music at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. In June 2016 he retired after 31 years as professor of trombone, bass trombone, and director of the Lawrence Trombone Ensemble. In his final years at Lawrence he taught courses in the Brass-Percussion Department, Jazz and Improvisational Music Department, Music Education Department, co-directed the Lawrence Jazz Workshop, coordinated and coached numerous student chamber ensembles, and performed with the Lawrence Faculty Jazz Group and the Lawrence Brass.
Since he joined the Lawrence faculty in 1985 Keelan has taught euphonium and tuba for 10 years and served as head of instrumental music education for 20 years. He chaired the Brass-Percussion department, chaired Instrumental Music Education, and at various times served as conductor of the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Jazz Workshop. He is a founding member of the Lawrence Brass, the faculty brass quintet, and the Faculty Jazz group composed of the eleven members of the jazz faculty.
Prior to coming to Lawrence Keelan taught instrumental music for ten years in the elementary and secondary schools of Texas and Colorado where he is a past president of the Colorado Bandmasters Association. His degrees are from Henderson State University where he studied trombone with Wendell Evanson and Wayne Harrison and the University of Northern Colorado where he studied with Buddy Baker. He is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and a 1968 graduate of Little Rock Central High School. Currently he is a member of and has been a soloist with the Colorado Brass Band and VENTO Winds, an adult concert band in Northeast Wisconsin. He maintains an active schedule throughout the United States as a classical and jazz performer and teacher on alto, tenor, and bass trombone and Baroque sackbuts. Keelan performs on and is an artist/clinician for Getzen trombones.
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