Hermiston School District Superintendent Dr. Fred Maiocco announced Alan Keown, a 1975 Hermiston High School graduate, as the 2016 Hermiston High School Distinguished Alumnus.
Keown is a well-known percussion teacher and arranger throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 1989 he founded the Alan Keown Marching Percussion Camp, held in Eugene, Ore., and he has taught for University of Oregon, Oregon State University and various high school programs, along with Ted Turner’s Goodwill Games ceremonies and the competitive tour sponsored by Drum Corps International.
The Distinguished Alumnus award recognizes former Hermiston High School graduates who went on to serve in critical roles within business, industry, academia and government throughout the United States and the world and who will inspire current students to pursue excellence and achievement in their own endeavors.
Keown is a 1980 graduate of University of Oregon, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance. He publishes marching band music with Matrix Publishing Company, concert percussion literature with Alfred Publishing and Tapspace Publications, and indoor drumline shows with Marching Show Concepts. Keown is married to Denise, and they have two sons, Matt and Chris