Wayne State University

Keith Claeys

Keith

Biography

Keith Claeys attended Wayne State University where he studied with Salvatore Rabbio. Other teachers include Norman Fickett, Alan Abel and the late Charles Owen. Since graduating from WSU, Keith has experienced a very rich and varied musical career spanning many areas of music. His versatility and familiarity with many different styles of music have made him one of Detroit’s most sought after percussionists.

Keith is the “first call” extra percussionist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also performs frequently with the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings.

He has been a featured artist at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Scarab Club of Detroit, Oakland University and the University of Windsor (Canada).

Keith has recorded on the London and Chandos labels as well as several soundtracks for the PBS and CBC television networks. Recently, he performed for the 2008 television broadcast of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on WDIV.
As percussionist for the Fisher and Masonic Temple Theaters, he has performed for the national touring productions of Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Producers, Hairspray, Spamalot and many others.

As a freelance percussionist he has performed with such artists as Lisa Minnelli, Joel Grey, Julie Andrews, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, Dianna Ross, Burt Bacharach and
Tony Bennett.

Keith was a member of the orchestras that performed for the Three Tenors at old Tiger Stadium as well as the Detroit visit of Pope John Paul II. Keith is a founding member of the Golden Rain Percussion Ensemble, the longest running professional percussion quartet in Detroit.