my name is Ponder East and i’ve lived in the Austin area since 2001, having lived in the D/FW area before that. music education was my major in college and i’ve been most interested in teaching and learning how to play jazz since i graduated high school.
since moving to Austin, i’ve been a private lesson teacher, band director, and professional musician, playing mostly saxophone.
for the past 4 years i’ve been the Region 18 jazz coordinator, hosting the all-region jazz band auditions and organizing the bands for their rehearsals and concert.
- Wylie Intermediate School
- Grapevine Middle School
- LBJ and LASA High School
- KIPP Austin College Prep
- Austin Jazz Project, 2003-2015
- Texas Jazz and Blues camp, since 2017
- Region 15 – TMEA All-Region Jazz Band Two
- Austin ISD All-City Jazz Band – Director and Organizer (since Spring ’04)
- Hernandez MS, RRISD
- Cele MS, PfISD
- Bon Annee Quintet
- The Gladiators Big Band