Normandale College - Saxophone Faculty
Artist's BiographyGreg Keel is a performer and clinician in concert and jazz saxophone. He is on the faculty at MacPhail Center for the Arts and Normandale College in Minneapolis, the UW-Green Bay summer jazz program and the University of Wisconsin Indianhead Arts Center Summer Jazz Camps in Shell Lake. Greg has been a visiting artist/conductor in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Studies Department, and created the jazz composition and improvisation workshop at the annual UW-Eau Claire High Potential Summer Institute for junior and senior high school students.
Greg attended the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and Madison, and Concordia College in St. Paul. He studied privately with Harry Miedema, Brian Grivna, Ruben Haugen, Richard Fletcher and Bill Grahn, and is a regular participant in masterclass workshops with saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. Greg has performed with Anthony Cox, Geoff Keezer, The Temptations, Mel Torme, Bobby Vinton, Andy Williams, Bob Hope, The O'Jays, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and blues artist Luther Allison.
Greg's private students have been members of the Wisconsin and Minnesota Honors Jazz Ensembles and Concert Bands, the McDonald's All-American High School Jazz Ensemble, the Disney World and Disneyland Jazz Bands and Indianhead Honors Band. Many have gone on to many successful music careers including recordings, tours and studio productions with Doc Severinson, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Sting, and several of Greg's students have received awards through Down Beat and JazzTimes magazines.
Greg is an artist/clinician for the Selmer Company and has been a contributing writer for Saxophone Journal magazine. He is also a studio education consultant for Schmitt Music Centers, a member of MENC, WSMA, MMEA, IAJE, and an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. Greg is also coordinator of the annual MacPhail Saxophone Day held each November, one of the largest woodwind events in the country.