“Music Speaks Louder Than Words”
Our popular music program offers students the opportunity to showcase their talents in a range of ensembles, from String Orchestra to Symphonic Band to Jazz Workshop. Student musicians hone their craft in our new state-of-the-art Elizabeth Cabrall Cabraser '70 Music Studio, with professional recording capability, a vast sheet music library, and exceptional acoustics. Our ensembles are thrilled to perform at various festivals and concerts throughout the year, including Reno Jazz Festival, CMEA Festivals, Music in The Parks, Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, Campana Festival, and Disneyland - with many students going on to become working professionals and educators in the field of music.
An intermediate-advanced course for woodwind, brass or percussion instruments, students rehearse music ranging from baroque to the modern era and perform together in a band.
An introductory performance course of beginning jazz band repertoire, students develop improvisational, reading, and interpretive musical skills.
An audition-based performance course focused on classical music, especially adaptations of masterworks, as well as some showtunes and pop music.
Advanced Jazz Band
An audition-based performance course focused on intermediate to advanced jazz band repertoire, students expand their improvisational, reading, and interpretive musical skills. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in Symphonic Band and at least 3 years experience on the student’s instrument.
Fred Randolph, Music Head
Originally from Honolulu, Fred has a BA in Music from UC Berkeley and an MA in Music from Cal State East Bay. He has witnessed, time and again, how learning to play in a musical ensemble gives students the creative, social, intuitive, and intellectual skills to meet life’s challenges.