Dr. Keith Hendricks, a native of San Antonio Texas, is a multifaceted percussionist and educator who has performed throughout the United States as well as in the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, South Korea, France and Canada.
Throughout his career, Dr. Hendricks has performed a wide range of musical styles and genres: everything from Jazz to Classical, including Afro-Cuban, South Indian, Indonesian Gamelan, and Brazilian. Dr. Hendricks has performed with a number of regional orchestras and wind ensembles, including the Mid-Texas Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Temple Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Wind Symphony, and the Austin Civic Orchestra.
As a performer Dr. Hendricks has worked with a wide range of musical groups including Grammy Award nominated choral ensemble Conspirare and the internationally-recognized musical group The Polyphonic Spree. During his time as The Polyphonic Spree’s featured classical percussionist, Dr. Hendricks performed in concerts across the United States and around the world. Notable performances from the tour include: Ansan Valley Rock Festival in Ansan, South Korea,Lollapalooza in Grant Park Chicago Illinois, Les Nuits Secretes in Aulnoye-Aymeries, France, The Super Sonic Music Festival in Osaka and Chiba, Japan, Splendor in the Grass at Belongil Fields in Byron Bay, Australia, as well as two tours spanning England, Ireland, and Scotland. He has also performed on NPR’s All Songs Considered and World Café Live, as well as The Jonathan Ross Show at The London Studios for the BBC Television Center.
Dr. Hendricks has performed at numerous national and international music festivals and conferences. In 2010, he participated in the Music X festival in Blonay, Switzerland at the Hindemith Music Centre where he worked with Grammy Award winning composer David Lang and Grammy Award winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird. Dr. Hendricks was also featured as a soloist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention during Focus Day (2014 and 2015) as well as with the University of Texas Percussion Group (2013) and the University of North Texas Indoor Drum Line (2006). In addition, Dr. Hendricks has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Round Top Festival Institute, Fast Forward Austin, and the Midwest Composers Symposium. From 2012-2015, Dr. Hendricks served as a member of the Percussive Arts Society's University Committee, and he is currently a member of the Music Technology Committee.
As an educator, Dr. Hendricks is actively involved in the band and orchestral programs of school districts, universities, and educational organizations across the country. He served as the Lecturer in Percussion at Texas A&M University Kingsville, and graduate assistant at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Additional educational organizations in which he has participated include: the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, Linton’s Peanut Butter and Jams Sessions in Cincinnati, OH, and For the Love of Drums, all of which specialize in children and young adult musical education.