J. T. Braxton
In loving memory of J.T. Braxton
September 18, 1919 - December 1, 2020
James “J.T.” Braxton, a former music educator for several Lubbock ISD schools and renowned jazz musician, passed away December 1, at the age of 101. Over his lifetime, Braxton made enormous contributions to music nationally and in the Lubbock area, and championed the role of music education in the community.
Braxton was born on September 18, 1919, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Tuskegee Institute, the University of Nebraska, Tyler College and received his undergraduate degree from Wylie College. He earned a master’s degree in music at the University of Denver. He came to Lubbock in 1960. He teamed with his brother-in-law, Roy Roberts, to create numerous band and orchestra programs. Roberts was a former Lubbock ISD band teacher, assistant principal, and principal for more than 30 years. He is the namesake for Roy Roberts Elementary School.
Braxton was an orchestra teacher for 25 years in Lubbock ISD, teaching at Dunbar High School, Struggs Junior High, Alderson Junior High, Atkins Junior High, and Bozeman Elementary. He retired in 1985.
During his tenure with Lubbock ISD, Braxton played saxophone in the Roy Roberts Combo and J.T. Braxton Band, and violin with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, Braxton and his son, Tom, were inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame.
“Mr. Braxton devoted his life to music, and passed on that devotion to his students during a long and distinguished career in music education,” said Dr. Kathy Rollo, Superintendent of Lubbock ISD. “He was a music legend in our community and this school district, and his talents for making and teaching music will always be treasured.”