Keith Brooks​

Music Instructor

Keith Brooks is a Chicago based drummer, keyboardist and organist who strives to push music into new territory. As a performer and educator, he is dedicated to spreading his passion and love for music through all genres of music.


Born into a musical family, he gained an interest in drums and music at the age of two. Keith formally began taking drums lessons at the age of 5 and began playing gospel music at his church led by his grandfather the late Pastor Earnest Powell Sr.


While increasing his knowledge in music, he began to study other style of music which includes Jazz and Latin Music.Through guidance he received from his teachers in elementary, junior high, and high school he ended up with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Business from Elmhurst College and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from DePaul University. This has made him one of the most sought out musicians in Chicago.


Keith has performed and done clinics in the Czech Republic and Canada. Keith has worked and shared the stage with a number of great musicians and composers such as Phil Woods, Benny Goldson, Steve Weist, Bill Holman, Doug Lawrence, Gary Smulyan, Jeff Hamilton, Mark Colby, and Zeshan B. He is also currently the Minister of Music at the Chicago Salem M.B.H. Church in Chicago and Music Instructor at the Chicago Jesuit Academy. He performs regularly with the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective as the drummer and NastySnacks which is a funk/soul band as the keyboardist and organist. As well as numerous wedding entertainment companies here in Chicago.


He currently uses Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Scorpion Percussion Sticks