The Bands of Claudia Taylor Johnson Foundation
Jarrett Lipman is in his fourteenth year of teaching in the Texas Public School system. 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 will earn 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. During the summer months, when Jarrett is not teaching secondary school, he teaches the Boston Crusaders Drum Corps from Boston, Massachusetts. Jarrett also travels around the state instructing student leadership clinics and consulting with other band directors wishing to improve their organizations.
In 2008, Jarrett began his work as a teacher at Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School in the North East Independent School District. As the campus’s Head Band Director since 2010, Jarrett has grown the program to over 300 students. The band is known around the country for its positive impact on its students and the community. In 2013, the Johnson Band represented the city of San Antonio in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade. In 2020, Johnson brought home the first UIL State Championship for band to the city of San Antonio since 1985. 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 fourteen years around our youth inspire him that our best days are still ahead of us.
Through his work as a teacher, Jarrett is a proven public servant. He is known in the profession for his problem solving skills, flexibility, and resourcefulness. Jarrett’s family cranberry company taught him the importance and needs of small businesses. As a man of faith, Jarrett is a parishioner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He believes in giving back to the community and volunteers his time at the San Antonio Food Bank. When not working, Jarrett enjoys hiking, running, and reading.