About Jarrett Lipman

CEO of Bandworx

During his fifteen years at Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird ” Johnson High School (CTJ), Jarrett Lipman established a tradition of excellence both on the concert stage and on the marching field. Jarrett opened CTJ in 2008 as an Assistant Director of Bands before his promotion to Head Director in 2010, a role he served in until 2023. Under Jarrett’s leadership, the CTJ Wind ensemble was a consistent Texas State Honor Band Finalist and performed at the 2019 Mid-West Clinic. On the field, the CTJ Marching Band was named the 2020 UIL 6A State Marching Champions and was a multi-time Grand National Finalist and BOA Regional Champion. 

Beyond CTJHS, Mr. Lipman is now a part-time lecturer at the Texas State University School of Music, working with future music educators. Mr. Lipman served student musicians as a member of the Cadets Brass Faculty (2010-2016) and presently as the Brass Caption Manager for the Boston Crusaders (2017-2023).

In partnership with PBSL-USA, the Docentus Group, Educational Travel Adventures, and TMF, Mr. Lipman’s company, Bandworx, specializes in instructional coaching for band directors and music teachers. He also regularly presents professional development sessions focusing on creating a culture of excellence, recruiting and retaining students, and building relationships. He is passionate about sharing ideas and investing in the growth of other directors in our profession.

Born into a family of teachers and farmers, Jarrett learned the value of service early in his life and has dedicated himself to preparing the next generation of young Americans. Jarrett graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 and earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2022. Jarrett’s father, a Navy Veteran, split his time between running the family cranberry business and teaching economics at Rutgers University. His father provided Jarrett with a solid blueprint for success through hard work and self-sacrifice. Jarrett attributes his strong written and oral communication skills to his mother’s influence, as she spent over thirty years in the classroom teaching high school English. Jarrett also benefited tremendously from his stepmother’s example and wisdom as a lifelong nurse.

Jarrett’s students have described him as an empathetic teacher who cares greatly for their welfare while still holding them accountable to the highest standard of excellence. His fifteen years around our youth inspire him that our best days are still ahead of us.


  • 2022 CMA Foundation Excellence in Music Education Award Recipient
  • 2021 Yamaha “40 under 40” Music Educator
  • 2015 HEB Excellence in Education Awards Finalist “Rising Young Star” Category 
  • 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Awards Quarterfinalist
  • 2014 “Outstanding Young Bandmaster” Awarded by Texas Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity
  • Featured in Dr. Stephen Meyer’s Rehearsing the Marching Band Book


  • Texas Music Educators Association
  • Texas Bandmasters Association
  • Author for Yamaha Educator Suite