Keith Grush is currently in his 19th year of teaching. He is in his 1st year as the Director at Alexander Graham Middle School, and just completed his term as the Chairman of the NCMEA Jazz Section in November. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UNC Greensboro in 1997 and a Master’s Degree in Horn Performance from the University of Georgia in 1999.
His first full teaching job was as Director of Bands at North Stokes High School and Piney Grove Middle School for 6 years. During his time there, he established a tradition of attending the North Carolina Concert Band Festival which had been lost for a number of years, and received many Excellent ratings. He also placed the first middle school students in the areas history into All-District Band. While at North Stokes, Mr. Grush established the Northwest District Score Sharing Service, and was elected as a middle school representative to the District Board of Directors.
Mr. Grush then left to take over as the Band Director at North Davidson Middle School, where he taught for 9 years. The Concert Band received 8 superior ratings at the MPA ranging from grade 2 to grade 4 music. These were the first superior ratings in 20 years at North Davidson Middle. The school has also increased in students in All-District Band, with between 6 and 11 students each year. In his time at NDMS, He was very active in the Jazz Section. The Middle School band received the first Superior Ratings at a Jazz event in North Davidson history at the NC MPA. He has placed students in each year the Western Region has had an all-region Jazz Band, and was the auditions Chairman for the Western Region Jazz Auditions for four years, and has been active in setting policies and procedures for state auditions. He has also been an active marching band adjudicator in North Carolina and Virginia, as well as maintaining a private studio of middle and high school students.
Mr. Grush has also had an extensive career as a performer on the Horn. In high school at Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, IN he won the 1992 Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, earned 1st chair 1993 All State Band, 1st Chair 1993 All-State Orchestra, and 1st Chair in the 1993 John Phillip Sousa National Honors Band. He was also awarded the only full scholarship in Indiana to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in 1993. While at UNCG, Mr. Grush won the 1996 MTNA Collegiate Brass solo competition for North Carolina. After college, he has performed with the Salisbury Symphony, Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic, the Charlotte Philharmonic, and the Western Piedmont Symphony.
Whenever possible, he spends time with his lovely wife Lisa, his two sons Joshua (11) and Caleb (9), and his step daughter Emily (23).