Keith Lienert is a percussionist, drummer, and steel pan player, based in Madison, WI. Keith is a featured soloist on percussion and steel pan on several recordings including Chuck Marohnic’s Listen: Sanctuary Jazz Music from the Studio; and with Madison-based Isthmus Brass on their premiere recording through Summit Records, Isthmus Brass Christmas.
Keith earned his bachelor’s in Percussion Performance from Northern Illinois University, where he studied with Robert Chappell and Rich Holly. While at NIU, he toured in Taiwan with the NIU Steel Band under the direction of Al O’Connor and Cliff Alexis. During the summer in 1999, Keith won a position with the Disney All-Star Collegiate Show Band in California where he performed with some of the studio musicians in Los Angeles. Keith received his Master of Music degree from Arizona State University under the tutelage of J.B. Smith, Dom Moio, and Mark Sunkett. While at Arizona State, Keith was the director of the Pan Devils Steel Band and performed with the ASU percussion ensemble at the 2003 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Columbus, OH.
Currently serving as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Keith teaches applied percussion, percussion ensemble, jazz, and music theory. A versatile musician on drumset, steel pan, and percussion; Keith has performed with numerous artists and ensembles such as Isthmus Brass, Rountree Ensemble, PanGo Steel Band, The Johannes Wallmann Group, jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, as well as many other local and regional performers in the Midwest. Keith has also served as section and principal percussionist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Keith has also presented clinics and performances at various high schools throughout Wisconsin as well as the Wisconsin Day of Percussion and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association convention.