Music


Though Oakland Technical High School students have been playing music in band, orchestra and choir classes since 1915, the Jazz Band is a relative newcomer having only been playing for 60 years and the choir is coming back in the fall of 2019 after an absence of around 20 years. Over the last 15 years the program has been rejuvenated through the efforts of teachers David Byrd, Helena Jack and the current music director, Ted Allen. The Oakland Tech music program has received three grants from the Grammy Museum for excellence in music education and the jazz band won 4th place at the Reno Jazz Festival in 2017 and 2nd place in 2019, as well as earning a Unanimous Superior rating at the CMEA Jazz East Festival. The music program currently offers classes in jazz, orchestra, piano choir, and guitar and has recently hosted professional mentors from the Oakland Symphony, SFJazz, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

WHAT’S NEW IN THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Music – Muse VIVO 2021-22

Greetings Perspective VIVO Students and Community: The music plays on as we mark the 10th anniversary of the MUSE VIVO ...
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Music – Tech Mentors at OUSD String Camp 2021

[Show thumbnails] String Camp 2021 The staff, students and families that participated in the first ever OUSD String Camp (July ...
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Music – Students collaborate for new Jazz piece.

Tech students – Benjamin Ard, Malcolm Best, Kazeem Elebute, Grace Gulli, Johnny Kaster, Danny Le, Melak Makonnen, Zoe Rhodes King, ...
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Music – Muse Vivo Registrations now open

The Muse Vivo Orchestra is now accepting registrations. If you are a string musician please consider joining this wonderful performing ...
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Music – Tech Clarinetist Performs with Local Group

In early March 2020 the RTSO – a local amateur string group – was asked to join in a side-by-side ...
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Music – We Stand Together Event

This Thursday – 7/23/2020 – rising 11th graders and Oakland Tech Jazz Band members, Johnny Kaster, Benjamin Ard, Malcolm Best ...
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