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[OCT. 23, 2004]  Keith M. Zimmerman, former band director at Lincoln Junior High and currently a professor at Bradley University and Illinois Wesleyan, will present faculty recitals at both universities in early November in a slightly delayed celebration of his 50 years of saxophone playing as a student, teacher and professional performer.

The recitals will be Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dingledine Center at Bradley and Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Westbrook Auditorium of Wesleyan University's Presser Hall. Both recitals are free and open to the public.

Joining Zimmerman will be pianist William R. West, who is an Illinois Wesleyan professor of flute, saxophone and music theory and a flute player with the Opera Illinois orchestra. Zimmerman and West have presented performances together for nearly 20 years.

The November recital program features soprano and alto saxophones and includes a transcription of the 6th Sonata for violin by Nicolas Chedville, which was long erroneously attributed to Antonio Vivaldi; Dutch composer Henk Badings' Cavatina for soprano saxophone; Burnet Tuthill's 1939 Sonata for alto saxophone and piano; Henri Tomasi's Ballade for alto saxophone and orchestra, here performed in piano reduction; Bernhard Heiden's Sonata for alto saxophone and piano; and "Saxophobia" by 1920s saxophone phenomenon Rudy Wiedoeft.

Zimmerman is a founding member of the World Saxophone Congress and the North American Saxophone Alliance and has frequently performed for regional, national and international meetings of those bodies. He has appeared in concert in Canada, France, England and Germany and many parts of the United States as a soprano, alto and tenor saxophonist.

In addition to being saxophone professor at Bradley and saxophone and music education professor at Illinois Wesleyan, Zimmerman continues to be in demand as a private saxophone teacher for many students from a large geographical area of central Illinois.

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He was associated with Lincoln Junior High from 1967 to 2000, while also teaching part-time at Illinois Wesleyan. He was the saxophone and music theory teacher for the summer band camps at Wesleyan for 25 years and has served the Illinois Music Educator's Association as saxophone auditioner for the all-state festival bands for 29 years.

From 1982 to 1995 he frequently played lead alto saxophone for the Ringling Brothers Circus and since 1994 has been first alto saxophonist with the Pekin Municipal Band.

He joined in founding the Illinois Saxophone Quintet in 1972 and played in the group until it disbanded in 1994.

He is a saxophone artist and clinician for The Selmer Company, whose Serie III Paris Selmer saxophones he plays.

He completed B.M.E. and M.M. degrees in saxophone performance from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1967 and 1970, respectively, and did graduate study with American concert saxophone pioneer Cecil Leeson at Ball State University.

Zimmerman was also a student of Canadian concert saxophonist Paul Brodie and, as the recipient of a scholarship from the French Ministry of Culture, pursued extensive post-graduate study in France with Daniel Deffayet, professor of saxophone at the Paris National Conservatory.

A cover story interview in the January-February 2002 issue of the international publication "The Saxophone Journal" extensively profiled Zimmerman's career as a saxophone player and teacher.

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