Trombonist Keith Pitner has been described by the Dundee Weekly Journal as ""...technically and musically astounding." He studied under acclaimed trombonist Jim Pugh at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was the recipient of the Doris Vance Harmon award, the School of Music's only full-ride scholarship. Since then, he has performed a wide range of music including classical, jazz, and rock at a variety of venues in the Chicago area. He currently plays with the Buddy Rich Big Band and The Jazz FX Project and has performed with many great musicians such as Marvin Hamlisch, Monica Mancini, and Roger Ingram. He led the jazz groove band The Hatters Mad from 2005-2010 and released two albums with the group, Commence the Jigglin' in 2006 and A Change in Color in 2008. Besides being an active performer and composer, Keith is a passionate educator and clinician and serves as a middle school band director at Westfield Community School in Algonquin, IL.