Keith A. Aleo

 Keith Aleo
Assoc. Director of Music for Classical Performance
Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester
Bachelor of Music Performace
University of Miami
Master of Music Performance

About Keith

Keith A. Aleo has a multifaceted career as a performer, educator, and administrator. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Miami, Aleo has served on the percussion faculty of the Boston Conservatory, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Miami. He is also a consultant for the Zildjian and Vic Firth Companies. Aleo has presented recitals, master classes, and workshops at throughout the world, including the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, Europe and Asia. Aleo's playing credits include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the percussion section of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1987-2003 and the Director of Education and Orchestral Activities for the Zildjian Company from 2003-2015. He has published percussion method and étude books that have received international acclaim.

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Enthusiasm and passion are the core of my life as an educator. This attitude will breed enthusiasm and passion in the students; it is infectious. Passion in students will ignite an excitement for achieving their goals, performing at their potential, regularly practicing their craft, perfecting their pieces for performances and/or lessons, etc. This passion is the fabric of the “percussion culture” that will dominate the Interlochen percussion department and bind the students for a lifetime. The ambition, dedication, and devotion a student feels for percussion will inevitably bleed into everything they do, not only as young musicians, but in every aspect of their life. Success in percussion requires a diverse experience, performing and understanding multiple instruments, techniques, and styles. Diversity is key for students to achieve their goals after they graduate. Some will have a specialized area that they will thrive in, but will always develop a base of knowledge on multiple instruments, styles, and techniques. Artistic integrity is key, insuring that the music is most important at all times. Musicians are a vehicle to communicating the intangible and almost spiritual emotions of organized sound. Touching our audience, in some way, is our goal as musicians. Young musicians must know it is their responsibility to achieve this when performing.

Member, Board of Directors, Percussive Arts Society

Fall 2005- Fall 2010

Member, Board of Overseers, New England Conservatory of Music

Boston, Massachusetts, Fall 2004-2010

Percussive Arts Society

Chapter president (1989-1994), hosted five successful Days of Percussion and increased state membership by more then 300%. Awarded the Outstanding Chapter President Award (1994). Advised chapter activities as Secretary (1994-2003). Member of the International Convention Planning Committee (1998). Board of Directors (2005-2011). Member of the Symphonic Committee (2006-2012, 2014-present)

Florida Bandmasters Association

Adjudication at State and District solo and ensemble festivals. Percussion advisor for repertoire list. (1996-2003)



BSP Collective. Solo Percussion piece commissioned by the Black Swamp Percussion Company, Summer 2018. Instrumentation is based on instruments manufactured by Black Swamp Percussion. Ox and Lamb Publications

Music for Multiple Metals

Published by Bachovich Publishing, released at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Fall 2016

Complimentary Percussion


Bachovich Publishing. Sole composer of a collection of advanced etudes for “complimentary” percussion instruments (tambourine, triangle, bass drum and cymbals)

Performance Studies for Two, Volume


HoneyRock Publishing. Contributing composer to a collection of advanced duo snare drum etudes

Advanced Etudes for Solo Snare Drum


HoneyRock Publishing. Sole composer of a collection of advanced solo snare drum etudes. Pieces have been used for international and national competitions

Encyclopedia of Percussion Instruments


Garland Publishing, contributing editor, 1995

B.M., Performance - Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester

M.M., Performance - Frost School of Music at the University of Miami

How to play the bass drum properly

Learn proper bass drum technique from Interlochen Center for the Arts' Director of Percussion Keith Aleo, including the best gear to use and specific playing techniques. Continue your studies by downloading a bass drum étude!

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