Jordan Stern is a lecturer on the music education faculty of the Texas State University school of music. His responsibilities include teaching methods courses, teaching a course on arranging for concert band, instructing the Bobcat Marching Band drumline, and supervising student teachers.
In addition to his duties at Texas State, Jordan is an active arranger for both marching and concert bands. His design clients have included the bands of Claudia Taylor Johnson HS, Ronald Reagan HS, Cedar Park HS, Winston Churchill HS, Azle HS, Plano HS, Mustang HS (OK), Tottenville HS (NY), Brennan HS, Bryant HS (AR), Clear Lake HS, Foster HS, CC Winn HS, and the two-time WGI Independent Open Finalist 5 Points Percussion.
Since 2005, Jordan has enjoyed working with many private students at the middle school and high school levels. In this time, 13 of his students have successfully auditioned for placement in the TMEA All-State bands, with his students earning first-chair honors in the state in 2014, 2015 and 2016. His students have also won the Percussive Arts Society High School Individual Marimba Competition four times, with another student placing as first runner-up.
Jordan previously worked 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 previously served as the front ensemble coordinator for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and Winston Churchill High School.
Jordan received bachelor’s degrees from Texas State University in percussion performance and music studies with teacher certification, as well as a master’s degree in music education, and is currently completing course work toward a doctoral degree in music education at Boston University. His percussion teachers have included Genaro Gonzalez, Tony Edwards, Matt Strauss, and Thomas Burritt. Jordan has also studied Clarinet with Stephen Girko and conducting with Caroline Beatty. Jordan has performed as a member of the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, and spent several summers at orchestral festivals, including the Round Top Festival Institute and the Texas Music Festival. He has also performed with the Texas Mozart Festival Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra. Jordan currently performs regularly with Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame Member band Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition.