Randall Key

Jazz, R&B, Country Trumpet Alabama

Born: Cullman, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

 

In musical performance there are individuals that usually fit into one of three categories, musicians, singers, and entertainers. Occasionally one will find a combination of the two. On that rare occasion one will find a combination of the three. Randall Key is unequivocally one of those rare instances where all three dimensions are experienced. He has been described as a “jack of all trades”, and called “music’s renaissance man”, but Randall will be the first to disregard those assertions. Whether it is playing a smooth ride on the trumpet, driving a solid groove on a set of drums, playing the fiddle, or crooning a ballad, Randall is comfortable in all aspects. His proficiency in over fourteen instruments and knowledge of musical styles disregards limitations set forth by music purists. It does not matter if he performs Haydn or Haggard one thing is for certain, this “musician’s musician” possesses an intense passion for music.

Currently Randall serves as the conductor of the Hartselle High School Band. Prior to working at Hartselle he directed band and choir at Cullman High School and taught jazz improvisation at Troy State College and Wallace State College. Randall attended Wallace State College receiving his Associates of Arts, The University of Montevallo receiving a Bachelors of Music Education, and The University of North Alabama earning a Masters of Arts degree. Randall performs throughout the Southeast with the band Soul Society and as a freelance musician. If that is not enough he is a clinician, studio musician, composer/arranger and band adjudicator. He has performed with Allman Brothers guitarist Dickie Betts, actor Danny Glover, screenwriter Felix Justice, Motown entertainer, Percy Sledge, Rockabilly sensation Big Sandy and the Fly Rite Boys, jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew, “Artist of the Decade”, Alabama and currently performs with Jeff Cook and the AGB. Some of his professional affiliations and honors include, Who’s Who of American Jr. Colleges, Past President of the Alabama International Association of Jazz Educators, Board of Directors for the Alabama School of Gospel Music, Contributing author in Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz, Who’s Who of American High School Teachers, Outstanding Alumni for Wallace State College, and Who’s Who in America.

Source: http://www.randallkey.com/page1.html

 

 

 

Randall Key is unequivocally one of those rare instances where all three dimensions are experienced. He has been described as a "jack of all trades", and called "music's renaissance man", but Randall will be the first to disregard those assertions. Whether it is playing a smooth ride on the trumpet, driving a solid groove on a set of drums, playing the fiddle, or crooning a ballad, Randall is comfortable in all aspects. His proficiency in over fourteen instruments and knowledge of musical styles disregards limitations set forth by music purists. It does not matter if he performs Haydn or Haggard one thing is for certain, this "musician's musician" possesses an intense passion for music.

Currently Randall serves as the conductor of the Hartselle High School Band. Prior to working at Hartselle he directed band and choir at Cullman High School and taught jazz improvisation at Troy State College and Wallace State College. Randall attended Wallace State College receiving his Associates of Arts, The University of Montevallo receiving a Bachelors of Music Education, and The University of North Alabama earning a Masters of Arts degree. Randall performs throughout the Southeast with the band Soul Society and as a freelance musician. If that is not enough he is a clinician, studio musician, composer/arranger and band adjudicator.

Source: www.randallkey.com, 20 Feb 2006

 

 

 

Randall Key is one of the music industry's rarest individuals - a combination of musician, singer and entertainer. He's comfortable playing a smooth ride on the trumpet, driving a solid groove on a set of drums, playing the fiddle or crooning a ballad. His proficiency in over 14 instruments and knowledge of musical styles disregards limitations set by music purists. Key is a musician's musician, and possesses an intense passion for music. He is currently the conductor for the Hartselle High School band, and has directed bands at Cullman High School and taught jazz improvisation at Troy University and Wallace State Community College.

Source: www.talentondisplay.com
Key is new band director at HHS
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Randall Key has crossed over.
After 10 years of teaching band, a little bit of choir and a two-year stint as the assistant tennis coach at Cullman High School, Key has returned home to take over for Dexter Greenhaw as the new Hartselle High School band director.
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While Key said he's pleased with the quality of the Hartselle bands, one of his first goals is to increase the quantity of band members.
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Key has some specific ideas about what constitutes a good band program.
"First you have to have good students, and Hartselle does," Key said."You also have to have committed parents, boosters, administrative support and discipline which Hartselle also has.The program needs community support which Hartselle is great at giving."
Key believes if the community is behind the band it will grow and flourish.
Other goals Key has set for himself are getting more public performances for the jazz band, and he confidently plans on making it to state competition this coming year.
Key is excited about the new possibilities with the Hartselle bands.
"I have deep roots in Hartselle and want to give back to the community," Key said.
Key's mother, Annie-Jo Key, was a teacher at F.E. Burleson Elementary School for 38 years.
Key graduated from Hartselle High School, attended Wallace State Community College for two years, receiving his associates of arts, and then earned his bachelor of arts degree in music education at the University of Montevallo, after which he received his master's from the University of North Alabama.
He taught jazz improvisation at Troy State College and Wallace State College.
Music is central to Key's life.Aside from teaching music, Key has a road repertoire and usually performs professionally about 50 times a year.His resume boasts the knowledge of 18 instruments.
"I enjoy playing corporate and private events, but don't want to do it full-time," Key said.
Key calls his touring a "side job" and plays alongside Jeff Cook in a band called All-Star Good Time Band.
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In order for the community to begin to get to know Key, the Hartselle High School music department is hosting a meet and greet Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m. in the band room
Source: www.hartselleenquirer.com, 11 June 2004
Subjects Taught
Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion
Education
Associate of Arts degree from Wallace State College
Bachelors degree from the University of Montevallo
Masters degree from the University of North Alabama
Experience
Fairview High School 1994
Cullman High School 1994-2004
Hartselle High School  2004-present
Bio
I currently serve as the conductor of the Hartselle High School Band. Prior to working at Hartselle I directed band and choir at Cullman High School and taught jazz improvisation at Troy State College and Wallace State College. I attended Wallace State College receiving an Associates of Arts, The University of Montevallo receiving a Bachelors of Music Education, and The University of North Alabama earning a Masters of Arts degree. I enjoy performing throughout the Southeast with the band Soul Society and as a freelance musician. I also work as a  clinician, studio musician, composer/arranger and band adjudicator. I have performed with  Allman Brothers guitarist Dickie Betts, actor Danny Glover, screenwriter Felix Justice, Motown entertainer, Percy Sledge, Rockabilly sensation Big Sandy and the Fly Rite Boys, jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew, "Artist of the Decade", Alabama and currently perform with Jeff Cook and the AGB. Some of my professional affiliations and honors include, Who's Who of American Jr. Colleges, Past President of the Alabama International Association of Jazz Educators, Board of Directors for the Alabama School of Gospel Music, Contributing author in Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz, Who's Who of American High School Teachers, Outstanding Alumni for Wallace State College, and Who's Who in America.
Source: http://hartselle.hcs.schoolinsites.com/?PageName=TeacherPage&Page=1&StaffID=8185&iSection=Teachers&CorrespondingID=8185
My beautiful wife Amanda is from Arab and she teaches English at Hartselle Jr. High School.  We are blessed with an awesome son named Payton (7) who is in the 2nd grade at F. E. Burleson.
Hobbies include  performing,  traveling,  and golf.
Favorite Quote:  I would rather light a candle, than curse your darkness.
Blues With an Attitude, Jeff CookTribute to a Soldier - Single, Charlie DanielsAshes Won't Burn, Jeff Cook & the AGBJust Pickin', Jeff Cook & the AGBShaken...Not Stirred, Jeff Cook & the AGB
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