There are two performing jazz bands at LBJ/LASA High Schools, one meets during the school day and the other meets after school. LBJ jazz bands have won numerous awards at jazz competitions and festivals, including the Hill Country Jazz Festival, the UT Jazz Festival, the Temple Jazz Festival, the Tarleton State Jazz Festival and the TCU Jazz Festival. Balancing academics and performance, the Jazz band students provide an outstanding level of commitment to keep these bands sounding great! The jazz bands regularly perform more than ten gigs per year:

  • Capital City Marching Festival
  • National education conferences
  • Local educator group invitations
  • City of Austin events
  • Lunchtime performances
  • Elementary and Middle school tours
  • AISD Jazz and Pops Concert
  • Private functions

Auditioning for Jazz Band (May 9 & 10, 2017)

To become a member of the jazz bands, students must audition. Entrance in Jazz Ensemble (class) is competitive. Students who do well in this audition, usually will be placed into the Jazz Ensemble. However, depending on the number of students auditioning, some students may be placed in the after-school Stage Band. This band rehearses once a week on Wednesdays, starting in early November, until mid-May.

The dates for this year’s auditions will be Tuesday & Wednesday, May 9th and 10th. Auditions will be from 3:45 – 5:45pm both days. Contact Mr. East at ponder.east@austinisd.org to set-up an audition time slot. (Time slots will be in 10 minute intervals beginning at 3:45.) Auditions for students already attending LBJ or LASA may occur during the school day.

Audition results will be announced via email to all auditioning students by the end of May.

Audition Music

Please read this document for specific instructions for each instrument.

Etude #1

Shiny Stockings

Stop Time Blues

Have You Met Miss Jones (Drums Only)

Contact Mr. Ponder East

ponder.east@austinisd.org(512) 414-7013(512) 663-9215