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Keith Albert

Keith Albert

Starting at the age of 3 years old, on pots and pans in his mother’s kitchen, Keith began banging. Watching his father, whom also plays drums, Keith was instantly intrigued. Keith would sit for hours on end studying his father play, until one day he jumped up on his dad’s drum set and began hitting everything he could reach. Keith continued his journey and studied drums with his father George. At the age of 12, his father’s band was playing a live show and Keith asked to go play while the band was on break. While on his father’s drum set, the entire band walked up and Keith attempted to get of the drum set. Little did he know it was his dad’s plan and Keith began playing songs with his father’s band in front of a live audience. Keith was instantly hooked and by the age of 15, he had his first band. Keith and his band played numerous shows in the Florida Keys area, and when he wasn’t playing, he was sneaking into different venues, just to study other drummers. Keith entered the military at the age of 19 and traveled the world. He played drums in a country band while stationed in Korea, and an all-out rock band while stationed in Alaska.
In 2005, Keith returned home from the military. While searching through ads, he noticed a band in the Miami area was looking for a drummer. Keith contacted the guitarist Ron and asked for an audition. After speaking to Ron, Keith received a phone call from the bar manager of Holiday Isle Tiki Bar, looking for a band for the weekend. Keith called Ron back and the rest was history. Keith had his audition with the band Mosquito Heads in front of a crowd. The band instantly clicked and Keith was hired as the full-time drummer. Not too shabby, to actually get a pay check for an audition. Keith continued with the band until 2009, when he moved to Indianapolis. Right before moving, Keith played one last show with the Mosquito Heads, opening for Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
When Keith moved to Indianapolis, he began playing with a band called Dodging Bullets from Amy. After the guitarist left the group, Keith took a break from playing. It did not stop him from going to local venues and checking out other bands and making connections. Keith became friends with the drummer Matt Howery of Spanky’s Club House, and even began studying drums with him. At their shows, Matt would often let Keith sit in for a few songs and this allowed Keith to get his name out even further in the music community.
Keith made a connection with the band Standout Story, a local original band in Indianapolis. A band who opened for bands such as 30 Seconds to Mars, AWOLNATION, Blue October, Fuel, and many more. Keith joined the band as the permanent drummer in August 2016. Keith and Standout Story entered a battle of the bands contest in September to secure a spot playing the New Year’s Eve Festival downtown Indianapolis. After winning the battle of the bands, Keith played the biggest crowd of his drumming career with Standout Story, a total of 40,000 people. Keith explains it was a surreal experience playing in front of the many people. The adrenaline of standing on the side stage waiting to be announced by a live radio DJ and then actually walking out in front of that many people.
Keith is currently an independent drummer in the Indianapolis area. He currently plays Yamaha Drums, Soultone Cymbals, and uses Vic Firth Drum Sticks. Keith is currently studying drums with Pat Gerasia of Red Sun Rising.

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