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“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.

Symphonic Band

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. 

Jazz Band

Teaches basic jazz theory and improvisational techniques. Students learn to read jazz charts, speak and play the jazz language, and explore related musical styles, such as rock, swing, and ballads.

String Orchestra

An audition-based performance course focused on classical music, especially adaptations of masterworks, as well as some showtunes and pop music.

Honors Jazz Ensemble 

An audition-based performance course, students play big band jazz music and are introduced to jazz improvisation. The class also listens to a variety of jazz styles, including blues, Latin, rock fusion, swing, and shuffle.

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.

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