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Maxwell Kiesner

Music Professor

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Biography

Maxwell Kiesner is the Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music at Cosumnes River College, where he directs the CRC Concert Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band, teaches Applied Trumpet, and leads courses in Jazz History and Musicianship. Mr. Kiesner holds a B.M. in Music Education from Northern Illinois University with an emphasis in jazz studies and a M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from California State University, Sacramento. His primary teachers include legendary jazz educator Ronald Carter and Pulitzer Prize nominated composer-conductor Leo Eylar.

 From 2007–2019, Mr. Kiesner was co-director of the renowned Rio Americano High School band program, where he led concert bands, jazz bands, and piano courses. During his tenure, Rio Band students received numerous DownBeat awards, were selected to play in CMEA All-State ensembles, and participated in several prestigious national competitions. During the summers, he led performance tours of Japan, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, and Argentina.

Mr. Kiesner is dedicated to supporting school music programs and educating the next generation of music professionals at Cosumnes River College. He is an active freelance musician and clinician throughout Northern California and maintains a private studio of trumpet students. Mr. Kiesner stays connected to the community through his work with local schools, as the CMEA Capitol Section higher education representative, and as a Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation board member.