John Lumpkin II is one of the south-east preeminent music educators having held positions at the University of North Florida, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Cathedral Arts Project, and KIPP. Some of his private students have auditioned and attend the Juilliard Jazz Program, while his other students at the Jacksonville Arts and Music School are currently learning the fundamentals of music through a jazz based curriculum. He has also made other in person and virtually guest appearances as a clinician and artist through the Duval County School systems ESOL programs and other jazz programs.
Our mission is to give students the highest level of fundamental music education and performance amongst this generation. To have to the next generation carry on jazz with homage is what the Lumpkin Institute offers. We seek to achieve this by offering students the rare opportunity to be a part of a Jazz Combo, studying repertoire spanning from Louis Armstrong to Charles Mingus, while challenging them to be creative innovators of modern music. Each student will develop an understanding of their role in music today and how to be effective communicators through the musical story they wish to tell. When we are able to learn from the past, we then can create a brighter future for the next generation. The Lumpkin Institute is a
beacon of light within the community, guiding the next generation.