Keith Wood (AKA: Splinter)
Keyboardist and Vocalist
Keith has been playing keyboards since the age of seven, when he took his first keyboard lesson. By the age of 13, he was hitting the keyboard contest circuits where he took numerous championships, including the Yamaha International Organ Festival, American Guild of Music and the Michigan Music Association. During his school years, he also played Saxophone in Jazz and concert band. Keith turned his focus to live music during his Junior year in high school when he joined his first band, Airborne. In the years that would follow, he played various styles of music with metro Detroit area bands including: Second Wind, Rio, Paris, StarFlight, After Five and Soul Mine.
In 1989, Keith's musical aspirations took a brief detour into the political arena, when he wrote and recorded a political theme song protesting the congressional 50% pay raise. His song was quickly adopted by the National Taxpayers Union in Washington D.C. and aired on 200+ radio stations across the country. He and his fellow musicians performed the song live on the Today Show and it was also featured on CNN, Good Morning America and local Detroit television stations. Keith briefly retired in 2004, so he could focus on raising his family.
In 2009, Keith came out of a five year retirement and joined ThunderFunk. When asked how he would describe his band-mates and what the future holds for ThunderFunk, he replied: "These guys are really refreshing. Not only are they phenomenal musicians, but they genuinely care about delivering quality music. Put your seat belts on folks, this band has so much potential and we're just getting warmed up."
When Keith's not playing music, he enjoys a daytime career in the Information Technology field and parenting his four awesome kids.
Photo Courtesy of Reflections by Carey