Dallas-Fort Worth saxophonist and woodwind artist Justin Pierce began his musical career in the musically diverse region of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. He began saxophone studies at age 12, and discovered a passion for jazz in the middle school jazz ensemble. Since that time, he has performed across the United States and internationally, earned degrees in both classical and jazz styles, and taught at the secondary and college levels.
Justin currently serves as Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he directs the jazz ensemble and touring band, in addition to teaching saxophone, clarinet, and improvisation lessons. Previous institutions where Justin has taught include: Cameron University, Eastfield College, and the University of North Texas. He holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies degree from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from McNeese State University. His major professors have included: Mary-Karen Clardy (flute), Rick Condit (saxophone/jazz), Rich DeRosa (arranging/composition), Brad Leali (saxophone/jazz), and Eric Nestler (saxophone).
This year, Justin will complete his final year of doctoral studies in Saxophone Performance at the University of North Texas. At the University of North Texas, Justin performed as a member of the UNT Symphonic Band and One O’Clock, Two O’Clock, and Latin Jazz Lab Bands. As an active musician, he leads a five-member ensemble, The Justin Pierce Jazz Group, that performs regularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The group recently served as the featured performer at the Charlie Christian Jazz Festival and the Sherman Jazz Festival.
Justin is a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist and Vandoren Regional Artist.
As a saxophonist and woodwind performer, Justin has performed with:
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Justin mentors a diverse range of students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including middle school, high school, and college students, and adult hobbyists. Music is an art of lifetime learning, and Justin is committed to helping students of all ages achieve their musical goals. Justin offers private lessons and masterclasses in the following subjects:
Upcoming Public Events
For the most up-to-date information on performances, find us on Facebook @jpiercemusic.
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
“Jazz at the Lake”
Beaumont Event Centre, Beaumont, Texas – 5:30 PM
Saturday, March 21st, 2015
“Jazz On Main”
Downtown Area, Farmersville, Texas, 7 PM
Saturday, June 7th, 2014
Beaumont Jazz and Blues Festival, Main Stage
Beaumont Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas – 6 PM
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Cameron University Jazz Festival
Cameron Theater – 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Red River Mardi Gras & Jazz Festival, Main Stage
Downtown Sherman, Texas – 8 PM
As long as I have played music, I have always enjoyed performing on Vandoren reeds on both saxophone and clarinet. Their consistency, quality, and beautiful tone make them a natural recommendation for students and professionals. For these reasons, I am thrilled to partner with DANSR, Inc. as a Vandoren Regional Artist, presenting clinics and masterclasses at schools across the region. Music teachers who would like to host a free Vandoren masterclass for your saxophones, clarinets, or jazz band may fill out the Contact Form. Please include your name, school name, possible clinic dates/times, and desired topics (ex. articulation, reed selection, all-state masterclass, jazz improvisation). Looking forward to visiting your school soon!
On Sunday, August 2nd, Justin will perform with Alex Fraile (alto sax), Demarcus Baysmore (guitar), Young Heo (bass), and Lupe Barrera (drums) for the “All-Star Jazz for Charity” event. The concert will be held at the Kitchen Cafe Dallas (17370 Preston Rd. #415, Dallas, TX) and will feature top jazz musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
The Justin Pierce Jazz Band performed on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 in Beaumont, Texas as a part of the “Jazz at the Lake” series. The band included Ashley Pierce, vocals, Justin Pierce, saxophones, Jeff Simon, guitar, Jay Ecker, upright bass, and Andrew Sneed, drums.
Here’s an interview with Ashlynn Ivy from the Beaumont Enterprise:
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“I’m Comin’ Home” (New Orleans Brass Band Sound)
Chad Willis – Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Jordan Tucker – Alto Sax, Justin Pierce – Tenor Sax, Gilberto Contreras – Guitar, Ken Perkerwicz – Bass, John Salmon – Drums
Look no further for a Dallas-Fort Worth jazz band or saxophonist for your event! The Justin Pierce Jazz Band performs for wedding receptions, holiday parties, Christmas parties, and corporate events. The instrumentation consists of: vocals, saxophone, piano, bass, and drums. Repertoire and songlist can be tailored to your event and can include background music as well as dance music. The DFW jazz band performs swing band music, bossa nova, blues, Motown, the music of Frank Sinatra, smooth jazz, and 60s and 70s R&B. Our song list can be viewed as a PDF file in the link below. Special requests by clients not listed on our song list are always welcome!