Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands
Steve McKeithen is the Associate Director of Bands at California State University, Fresno, where he directs the Bulldog Marching Band, Bulldog Basketball Band, Bulldog Beat, and Symphonic Band.
McKeithen recently completed a successful appointment as the Assistant Director of Bands at Northwestern State University, in Natchitoches, Louisiana. While at Northwestern State, he directed the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and Magale Symphonic Band, as well as teaching conducting classes and select music education courses. The Spirit of Northwestern was also selected as an “Ensemble of Excellence” by the College Band Directors Association, Southern Division during the 2013 season as the result of a juried video submission.
McKeithen is the former Director of Bands for Seguin High School and served as the Instrumental Music Coordinator for the Seguin Independent School District in Seguin, Texas. Under his direction, the Seguin Band program was recognized for significant performances at Winter Guard International, Bands of America, Texas State Wind Ensemble Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Conference, UIL State Marching Contest, and at the Bands of America National Concert Band and Percussion Festival.
McKeithen completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at Arizona State University, a Master of Science in Music Education and Conducting from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Florida. He was awarded the coveted Performer’s Certificate by the faculty for his study and performance on clarinet, was the principal clarinet for the Wind Ensemble, performed with the Faculty Woodwind Quintet, and premiered a solo for clarinet at the Society of Composer’s National Conference.
McKeithen was a performing member with Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps and has served on the brass staff of the Madison Scouts, Glassmen, and Spirit of Atlanta. His professional affiliations include the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, California Band Directors Association, Louisiana Music Educators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Central States Judging Association. Mr. McKeithen is an active designer, program consultant, clinician, curriculum consultant, conductor, and adjudicator of concert bands and marching bands.