Keith Lienert

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Keith Lienert


Office: 175E Doudna Hall
Tel: 608.342.1018
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Keith Lienert

Percussion, Jazz

Degrees and Schools

  • Bachlor of Music, Northern Illinois University
  • Master of Music, Arizona State University
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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.

A versatile musician on drumset, steel pan, and percussion; Keith has performed with numerous artists and ensembles such as Isthmus Brass, Ensemble Nouveau, PanGo Steel Band, The Johannes Wallman Group, and various jazz artists including Kevin Mahogany, Ingrid Jensen, Bob Sheppard, Wycliffe Gordon, and Marvin Stamm. Keith is also the principal percussionist with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and has served as section and principal percussionist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

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 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 top 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 an instructional specialist in the jazz department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. While at UW-Platteville, Keith teaches applied percussion, percussion ensemble, jazz, and jazz. In the fall of 2013, Keith founded the Pioneer Steel Drum Band, an active performing group that plays concerts every semester on campus and around the community.

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.

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