Jazz Band

Superior Ratings for CTJ Jazz Bands

The Claudia Taylor Johnson Jazz Band I and Jazz Band II each received Superior ratings during weekend competition at the 49th Annual Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Festival in Spring 2017. CTJ’s Jazz Band II placed second in the non-varsity division, and in individual honors, Johnson senior trumpter Clifton Sitterle and freshman trombonist Eli Canales received outstanding soloist awards and named to the competition’s All-Star Jazz Band. CTJ has participated in the Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Festival — which draws more than 30 top jazz ensembles across South Texas — since the school’s opening 2008.

CTJ Jazz Band

The Claudia Taylor Johnson Jazz Bands are a vital part of the band program. After marching band season they serve as Ambassadors for the Johnson Band Program and are the primary performance groups for all types of events in the community.  

In addition to many performance opportunities within the school district they have performed for the President's Breakfast at the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade, the State of the City Address for the City of San Antonio, Senior Awards Ceremonies, graduations, various music contests, and private events.


Alan Sharps is the director of the jazz groups. He has performed professionally for 30 years in Miami, Virginia Beach, and San Antonio. His students have performed for Broadway shows, written music for Hollywood movies and voted producer of the year with many productions. 

The Johnson Jazz Bands are available to book for events between December and May of each school year by contacting Mr. Sharps at (210) 356-0519.