Earl Jackson – Music Director
Earl Jackson is the Performing Arts Department chair and also teaches the Lower School Cub Band, Middle School Concert Band, Upper School Symphonic Band, Middle School Jazz Band, Upper School Jazz Ensemble, and Upper School Percussion Ensemble, and coordinates the Landon School adjunct faculty. Previously, Earl was the director of jazz at Indiana University (Columbus campus) and James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia. Past tenures include director of Bands at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia, and the director of bands at South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During the summer months, he is the assistant conductor of the Beijing Wind Orchestra and conducts the Beijing Wind Jazz Orchestra. He has been the director of the Landon Summer music clinics since 1991. He is a recipient of the Washington Post’s Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award for the year 2000 and the Council of Private Education’s Teacher of the Millennium 2000 Award, the only music teacher ever to receive the honor. As an instrumentalist and conductor, Earl has had the opportunity to work with The Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Duke Ellington; The Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington; Gladys Knight; The Four Tops; Earth, Wind and Fire; The Dells; The Spinners; The Temptations; Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme; The Fifth Dimension; Aretha Franklin; Henry Mancini, Dionne Warwick; Johnny Mathis; Lou Rawls and Barbara Streisand.