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

Perf. Arts – Class Schedule

Please find the Performing Arts Schedule with class assignments for each quarter ...
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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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Music – New Instrument lockers!!

[Show thumbnails] The New Music Lockers project was completed yesterday 6/25/2020. This was a last upgrade we’ve been planning all ...
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Performing and Visual Arts – A call for parents and community support

“We must come face-to-face with this new reality and prepare plans for how we intend to open our schools and ...
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Music – We Want to Welcome Tech’s new music Director

John Harrington has been a music educator in California for twenty years.He began playing trumpet at nine years old, earned ...
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Music – A Fond Farewell to Mr. Allen

We want to bid a fond farewell to Mr. Allen, our Oakland Tech Music Director. After leading the Skyline Music ...
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