Keith R. Young was the Principal and Solo Saxophonist with the U.S. Air Force Band, Washington, DC for 20 years. With this premier military ensemble, he performed on saxophone, piano, and flute with the Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Protocol Combo, Orchestra, and Dixieland Band, touring throughout the world.

During his time in the USAF Band, he also served as Adjunct Saxophone Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1981 to 1987. After retiring from the Air Force in 1998, he became Saxophone Professor at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he taught for 18 years.

As saxophone soloist, Dr. Young has performed on international tours with the U.S. Air Force Band and as guest soloist with college and high school bands. Solo performances have included World Saxophone Congresses in the United States, Japan, Italy, and Canada; the International Bandmasters and Orchestra Directors Conference in Chicago; MENC and ABA Conventions; Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina Music Educators Conferences; the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposiums; the Johnstown Symphony; and the Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet Workshop.

Dr. Young has a solo compact disc with Crystal Records entitled Saxophone Voices from Five Countries. He has also published two Master Class Compact Discs with The Saxophone Journal on saxophone performance techniques. As an arranger and composer, he has published six saxophone quartets with Kendor and Roncorp Publications.

As a music educator, Dr. Young has been active as a guest conductor and clinician. His saxophone students have won the Bronze Medal for the prestigious Fishoff National Chamber Music Competition, Senior Winds Division; the Johnstown and Butler Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competitions; and MENC State Solo and Chamber Music Competitions. Students have continued on to achieve careers teaching at the university level and performing professionally, including premier military bands and with Broadway national tours.

Dr. Young's saxophone professors have included Dale Underwood, Reginald Jackson, Louis Marini, Sr., and Chris Vadala. He also studied with Jean Marie Londeix in Bordeaux, France.


  • D.M.A., University of Maryland
  • M.M. Catholic University of America
  • B.M. Bowling Green State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Classical saxophone solo and ensemble performance skills
  • Saxophone solo and ensemble repertoire
  • Rehearsal techniques for solo and ensemble performance
  • Teaching music education skills

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