All-State Middle School Jazz Ensemble

2025 CLINICIAN: Robert Keating

Robert Keating is a highly accomplished music educator and professional musician, currently serving as the Music Director at Gulliver Preparatory in Miami, Florida. With an impressive tenure of 35 years at Gulliver Prep, he has made a significant impact on the school’s music program.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of music education, Robert was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Mu honorary band directors fraternity in 2008 and the American School Band Directors Association in 2012. He has also served as the FBA District Chair and currently sits on the Jazz Committee for the Florida Bandmasters Association, showcasing his commitment to advancing music education in the state. In addition, he was selected to conduct the FMEA All State Middle School Jazz Band which performed at the 2024 All State FMEA Convention.

Robert’s expertise and passion for music education have led to numerous speaking engagements and workshops. He has been invited to present at the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) five times and the Jazz Education Network (JEN) conferences twice, sharing his knowledge and insights with fellow educators. Notably, Robert was chosen to conduct the FMEA All State Middle School Jazz Band, which showcased at the 2024 All State FMEA Convention.

2025 All-State Jazz Ensemble Program: TBA

LMEA All-State Middle School Jazz Ensemble

There is a single live monitored audition for All-State Middle School Jazz Ensemble. Auditions will be recorded by the District Director or the district’s Jazz Chair and submitted to the All-State Jazz Division Chair as an mp3 file for adjudication.


  • District Deadlines – District Directors will provide procedural information and set the deadline for receiving checks and student information from schools in their district.
  • Saturday, November 2, 2024 – Deadline for completion of all 2nd round auditions and the receipt of all student registrations and audition fees by the district director or his/her designee.
  • Monday, November 18, 2024 (by 11:59 pm) – Results for the Middle School All-State Jazz Ensemble will be posted online. Registration forms for students selected to an ensemble will be opened once rosters are posted.
  • Friday, December 6, 2024 (by 11:59pm) – Deadline for students selected to the All-State Middle School Jazz Ensemble to complete their registration.

If you have a question that the district director cannot answer, please email Doug Stone, LMEA Jazz Division Chair, at