Name:Keith A. Anderson
Department:Fine Arts
Room #:Supervisor"s Office/Hillcrest


Keith Anderson is an award-winning teacher of band and music technology at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, Illinois.  He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Grambling State University in Louisiana, his Master’s of Music from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, and his Master’s of Arts in Education from Concordia University.  Mr. Anderson has also attended Northwestern University and Chicago State University. He has been a teacher in the Illinois school system for 30 years.  

Mr. Anderson’s professional music career includes:  Principal Tubist in the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, 1977-78; alternate Tubist for the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra,1977-78; featured soloist for the music of John Williams for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” performed with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, 1978; drummer for the R&B recording artists The Ojays and The Dramatics, 1976; soloist at the Phi Mu Alpha National Convention, 1977; drummer with the Free Street Theater in Chicago, 1983; Director and Tubist with the Ebony Brass Quintet, 1980-83.  Mr. Anderson has also performed with many local area groups and musicians.

Mr. Anderson has received numerous awards, the most prestigious being the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1990.  Also, he has received numerous other awards including the “Y” Award for Outstanding Community Service, presented to him by the South Suburban YMCA in June, 1999, and the Vision Quest Award for Outstanding Achievement in the area of Fine Arts, presented by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in May, 1999.   Due to the outstanding achievements of his Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band program at Hillcrest, the Hillcrest Music Department has been featured in several local newspaper articles and  appeared on several local television programs, the most recent being the January 28, 1999 cover story of N’digo Magapaper. 

In addition to his musical accomplishments, Mr. Anderson, served as Illinois District 1  President for the Illinois Music Educators Association 2005-2009, has been a guest speaker and panelist on many educational issues such as the Conference Board’s 8th Annual Business/Education Conference in 1992 and the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on the Improvement of Teaching as a Profession in 1993, as well as a facilitator for the Foundation for Excellence in Teaching summer workshops at the University of Illinois. Furthermore, author Judy W. Eby featured Mr. Anderson in a section of her book entitled Reflective Planning, Teaching and Evaluation for the Elementary School.

Prior to his arrival at Hillcrest in 1993, Mr. Anderson was employed as an elementary teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Illinois School District #147, and Department Chairperson – Intermediate Level Education at Corporate/Community Schools of America.  Because of his great love of music, Mr. Anderson provided extracurricular band classes for students during his tenure at both schools. Mr. Anderson served as the Director of Bands at Hillcrest from 1993 - 2006. Mr. Anderson currently serves as the Fine Arts Supervisor for Bremen Community High School District 228 in Illinois. He is married to his lovely wife Valerie, and has four children, Michael, Donna, Ashley, and Darion.