Gary Keller to retire at the end of spring semester

Gary Keller to retire at the end of spring semester

By UM News

Gary Keller to retire at the end of spring semester

By UM News
Professor Gary Keller, M.M. ’80, who joined the faculty of the Frost School of Music in 1982 as Professor of Saxophone, has announced his retirement at the end of the Spring semester 2021.

"It is hard to imagine the Frost School without Gary Keller," stated Dean Shelly Berg. "He has been a guiding force and inspiration on our campus, a brilliant talent, and educator that has launched the professional careers of hundreds of our students. On behalf of all of us at the Frost School, I want to express our deep gratitude. I will be enthused to hear about the accomplishments in the next chapter of Gary’s life and career."

Gary Keller received his master’s degree in jazz performance from the Frost School of Music in 1980. Immediately after graduation, he took the third tenor chair with the Woody Herman Orchestra.

Since his arrival in South Florida, he has become a fixture in the music scene logging thousands of performances on saxophones and woodwinds and backing up major artists on stage and in-studio recordings. Professor Keller has also made multiple appearances with both the Frost Symphony and Henry Mancini Orchestras, appearing at local, national, and international jazz clubs and festivals.