Jordan recently moved to Austin TX, as the new Associate Band Director/Percussion Director for Pflugerville ISD’s newest addition, Weiss High School. He will also lead this indoor season as the Ensemble Director for Rhythmic Force Percussion. Jordan’s varied and successful background with percussion ensemble, electronics, marching band, and indoor percussion provides a strong foundation for the vision at his both of these redesigned percussion programs.
Mr. Garza holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education (Instrumental Emphasis) from Texas State University with an all-level teaching certification. During his tenure at Texas State, he was the section leader of the Bobcat Drumline and the Principal Percussionist of the Texas State Wind Ensemble. Recently Jordan has even had the wonderful opportunity to perform with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Jordan comes to us from Houston TX, where he was the Ensemble Director at Monarch Independent for the 2017 season. This past season, Monarch was invited to perform at the 2017 WGI World Class Finals. Mr. Garza most recently served as the Percussion Director for Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, TX. During his time in FBISD, Mr. Garza led the Stephen F. Austin percussion ensemble as they performed at the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. In addition, he also led the percussion ensemble to multiple championship performances with the Bulldog Band and Angels Dance Team, including the first place finish at UIL Area in 2016. Later in 2016 he was the Front Ensemble Coordinator at Monarch Independent, where they were named the 2016 TCGC Open Class Champion and an Open Class Finalist at WGI World Championships. Prior to working in Fort Bend ISD, Mr. Garza draws on several years of experience from programs including Lehman HS, Genesis DBC, Alamo Heights HS, and Cedar Park HS, winning multiple division awards and outstanding front ensemble awards.
Mr. Garza believes in creating the ideal performance through teamwork and excellence in musicianship, and he looks forward to instilling these values within the percussion program. Mr. Garza endorses Salyers Percussion, and he is an active clinician, arranger and instructor.