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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:

  • The O’Jays
  • Arturo Sandoval
  • Doc Severinsen
  • The Temptations
  • The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • The Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Wayne Newton
  • John Clayton
  • The Voices of London

And productions of:

  • “Footloose”
  • “Seussical the Musical”
  • “The Drowsy Chaperone”
  • “Grease”
  • “Fame”
  • “Working”

Education

  • 2018 (ABD) – Doctor of Musical Arts (Saxophone Performance, Related Field in Jazz Arranging)
    University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • 2012 – Master of Music (Jazz Studies)
    University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • 2010 – Bachelor of Music Performance (Jazz/Commercial Concentration)
    McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

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LESSONS

PRIVATE LESSONS & CLINICS

Justin mentors a diverse range of students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including middle school, high school, and college students, and adult hobbyists. In-person and Skype lessons are available. 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:

  • Woodwinds (Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet)
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Jazz Arranging
  • Music Theory”

Additional support for educational events at schools and universities may be available from Conn-Selmer and Vandoren USA. Host Justin as the guest clinician/artist at your next event!

EVENTS

UPCOMING JAZZ

Upcoming Events
If a date is listed as booked, please call and confirm our availability. We often perform morning and evening events on the same day.

Thursday, 8/16/18
Private Event
Dallas, TX

Monday, 9/10/18
w/OKC Jazz Orchestra
Petroleum Club, Oklahoma City, OK

Saturday, 9/29/18
Private Event
Oklahoma City, OK

Saturday, 10/20/18
Wedding Reception
Dallas, TX

Saturday, 11/3/18
Wedding Reception
Oklahoma City, OK

Monday, 11/12/18
w/OKC Jazz Orchestra
Petroleum Club, Oklahoma City, OK

Monday, 1/21/19
w/OKC Jazz Orchestra
Petroleum Club, Oklahoma City, OK

Saturday, 2/16/19
Wedding Reception
McKinney, TX

Monday, 4/1/19
w/OKC Jazz Orchestra
Petroleum Club, Oklahoma City, OK

For the most up-to-date information on performances, find us on Facebook @jpiercemusic.

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Dallas Jazz Band Performs at Perot NAM POW Reunion

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calendarThursday, 23 August

In August, our jazz band performed for an appreciation dinner for 250 American former POW veterans. The Perot Companies in Dallas, TX hosted this annual event on Thursday, August 16, 2018. The gathering displayed appreciation for the service of former POWs who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. While the Veterans toured the museum, our jazz band played jazz standards and songs of the 1950s and 1960s.

Justin Pierce and his Dallas Jazz Band at the Perot NAM POW Reunion. Photo by Grant Miller


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2017-2018 TMEA Region X Jazz Band – Texas Jazz Clinician

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calendarSaturday, 07 July

In November, I had the pleasure to serve as the clinician for the 2017-2018 Region X All-Region Jazz Band I in Orange, TX. This enthusiastic, auditioned group of high school jazz musicians assembled a concert of challenging big band music in only two rehearsals. I also had the privilege to perform a tune with Louisiana jazz educator and bassist Jay Ecker, who directed Band II. Thanks to organizer Jose Ochoa for his hard work in organizing this event!

Directing the TMEA All-Region Jazz Band

with TMEA All-Region Jazz students after the concert

Performing a blues with bassist Jay Ecker


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Vandoren Regional Artist Program – Dallas Fort-Worth – OKC Saxophone Lesson Teacher

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Vandoren Regional Artist Justin Pierce

Vandoren Regional Artist Justin Pierce

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!

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HEAR THE BAND

Curious about our sound? Listen to some of our music before contacting us!

“L-O-V-E”
“Don’t Know Why”
Justin Pierce Jazz Group
Ashley Pierce-vocals, Justin Pierce-saxophone, Sean Giddings-piano, Dan Parr-bass, Greg Sadler-drums

“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

BOOKING

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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!

Justin Pierce Jazz Band Song List

To book the Justin Pierce Jazz Band, please contact Justin Pierce with the form below, or call (409) 658-5281.