Jeffrey Keene is a Drums Teacher at Gray School of Music
Jeffrey Keene is principal timpanist with the Plano Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with that group since 2002. He is a native of Santa Fe, but spent most of his childhood in Lubbock. He began his music study at age 12 when he was in seventh grade. Encouraged by his parents, who already had two older sons majoring in music, Jeff decided music would be his profession in high school.
To earn his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in music performance, Jeff attended Texas Tech University and Southern Methodist University. He also attended Texas A and M Law/Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Now he teaches in the Hurst Euless Bedford School District.
During his undergrad and graduate school years, Jeff, who focuses on marimba, drum set and orchestral percussion, played in a number of orchestras. Now he performs with the Dallas Wind Symphony and the East Texas Symphony, and has been a member of the Lubbock, Roswell, Midland-Odessa, Abilene, Irving, Garland, Los Colinas and Arlington orchestras.
To keep his energy up for all this activity, Jeff plays tennis three times a week, and also runs and cycles. At home, his two cats keep him company when he reads, as he enjoys learning in a variety of subjects. As to his favorite music, Jeff admits to very diverse musical tastes, from orchestral to rock to world. “You would be surprised by what is not on my iPod,” he says.