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



  • 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

current groups

  • Bon Annee Quintet
  • The Gladiators Big Band