Formally the Director of Bands and the Coordinator of Music Education at the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Dr. John R. Lamkin, II received his Bachelors from South Carolina State University, his Masters from Morgan University, and his Doctorate from The
University of Maryland at College Park. All his academic degrees have been in Music Education.
Currently, Dr. Lamkin regularly performs with his “Favorite’s” Jazz
Quintet. Enamored by the 1950s, 60s and 70s jazz quintets lead by Art Blakey, Horace Silver, and Miles Davis and many others, Lamkins quintet specializes in presenting a repertoire
of “straight ahead” jazz standards and originals. His group serves as a platform for area musicians who yearn, as he does, to play “straight-ahead jazz.” In June of 2014, Dr. Lamkin
received the “Jazz Heroes” Award from the Jazz Journalist Associationfor having a significant impact on jazz music in the Baltimore community.