Jair Klarfeld attended the University of Oklahoma and received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education. He began his teaching career in the state of Texas at West Columbia High School. After moving back to Oklahoma, he taught at Tulsa Memorial High School, Jenks High School and Union High School (18 years). He returned to the state of Texas in 2006 and taught at Tom C. Clark High School, in San Antonio, Texas. After 29 years in education, Jair resigned his position in 2008 to begin composing and arranging full time.
During his career, Klarfeld's wind ensembles, symphonic bands, marching bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles have received numerous sweepstakes awards, superior ratings, and outstanding group and individual awards at local, state, regional, and national contests and festivals. He holds professional memberships in the Music Educators National Conference (M.E.N.C.), International Association of Jazz Educators (I.A.J.E.), Technology Institute for Music Educators (T.I.M.E.), Texas Music Educators Association (T.M.E.A.), and Texas Band Masters Association (T.B.A.).
He has performed with the Oklahoma Chamber Symphony in Europe, the Oklahoma City Symphony, Ponca City Symphony, Bartlesville Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Tulsa Starlight Band, and various local Big Bands and Jazz Combos. He has also performed with the following professional touring shows: Ice Capades and Barnum & Bailey Circus Band.
Jair has been arranging music for marching bands and other musical ensembles for nearly 20 years. Over 360 high school marching bands around the country have performed his arrangements. In addition, his arrangements have been performed by the University of Miami, University of Florida, and Illinois State University marching bands.