Jordan Stern is a freelance educator, composer, arranger and performer based in the San Antonio area. He currently serves as the Marching Percussion Coordinator for the Texas State University Bobcat Marching Band. In addition, he teaches a class at Texas State on arranging for band.
Jordan served as an Associate Band Director at Claudia Taylor Johnson and William Brennan High Schools. During his tenure at Johnson, the marching band distinguished itself with such honors as 1st place at the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional, 3rd place at the U.I.L. 6A State Marching Contest, and was a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield. As a concert band director, his ensembles at Brennan and Johnson consistently received first division ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest. Jordan also has been on the percussion staff at Winston Churchill High School and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
As a private teacher, Jordan has enjoyed helping many students develop into successful performers over the years. Since 2006, 13 of his students have been placed into the TMEA All-State ensembles, with his students winning the first chair at All-State auditions in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition, 4 of his students have won first place at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Solo Marimba Competition. His students have also been finalists at the Great Plains Marimba Festival and Northwestern International Percussion Competition.
Mr. Stern is an active arranger and composer, writing for both percussion and wind band. While at William Brennan High School, Jordan composed the School Song and Fight Song, and arranged for the marching winds and percussion. Jordan has also arranged for the marching bands of Claudia Taylor Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Cedar Park, Mustang (OK), Plano, Foster, Kerrville Tivy and Gregory Portland High School, among others. He is on the design staff for 5 Points Percussion Ensemble, who was a WGI Independent Open Finalist in 2016.
Jordan Stern received Bachelors degrees from Texas State University in Percussion Performance and Music Studies with Teacher Certification. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music Education from Texas State. His percussion teachers have included Genaro Gonzalez, Tony Edwards, Matt Strauss, and Thomas Burritt. Jordan has performed as a member of the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, and spent several summers at orchestral festivals, including the International Festival Institute at Roundtop and the Texas Music Festival. He has also performed with the Texas Mozart Festival Orchestra, and as a substitute percussionist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and National Repertory Orchestra. Jordan can be seen often playing drum set in the San Antonio area with various jazz groups, and is part of the Vibraphone/Marimba duo group Blue and Green with Eric Carraway.