There are two jazz groups: the Stage Band and the Jazz Band. We have won a multitude of awards at jazz competitions and festivals. Balancing academics and performance, jazz students are committed to keeping these bands sounding great! The jazz bands have numerous gigs each year, including the Temple Jazz Festival and the AISD Jazz and Pops Concert. Jazz director Ponder East, an established jazz musician in his own right, brings in talented guest musicians to bolster jazz education. For more information on how you can become a part of the Jazz Program, please read below or contact Ponder East. Check out his websites here and here.

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

To become a member of the jazz band class, students must audition. Entrance in the jazz band class is competitive. Our other performance group is the Stage Band: this band rehearses once a week on starting in early November, until mid-May. The purpose of the Stage Band is to give students an opportunity to play jazz music even if they can’t be in the jazz band class (yet!)

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) 663-9215pondereast.compondereast.edublogs.org