University of Illinois, emeritus
James F. Keene retired from the University of Illinois in 2008, where he held the titles of Director of Bands and Brownfield Distinguished Professorship in Music. Professor Keene is Past-President of The American Bandmasters Association and a Past-President of The National Band Association. In addition to many other prestigious positions, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the historic Goldman Memorial Band of New York City, is an Evans Scholar, Past-President of the Champaign Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International Foundation. In 1993, he was named honorary member of the Board of Directors of the International Percy Grainger Society and was presented with the coveted Grainger Medallion in recognition of his noted performances of Grainger’s music on four continents. In 2002, he was named Honorary Life Member of The Texas Bandmasters Association, only the fifth person so honored in their 65 year history In December, 2013, Professor Keene was presented with the International Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year by Phi Beta Mu at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In December 2016, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his contributions to Instrumental Music Education at The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Currently residing in the Texas Hill Country, near San Antonio, he continues to enjoy a busy schedule as clinician, lecturer, adjudicator, and guest conductor with engagements scheduled into 2022.