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.


Music – Tech musicians at Muse VIVO concert

On Sunday, February 16th, our Oakland Tech students that participate in Muse VIVO – the city-wide program for orchestra sponsored ...
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Music – Summer Playing Opportunities

We know our students are often very busy during the summer with internships and family vacations and, most bands and ...
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Music – UC Berkeley Performance and Workshop

The Orchestra will attend a performance and workshop with Amir El Saffar and the River of Sound Orchestra. Students will ...
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Music – Music Department Fundraiser

The music department’s annual fundraising event is quickly approaching on 3/13, please join us. This year we want to provide ...
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Music – Jazz Combos at Lakeshore Market

Download (PDF, 1.35MB) Join us for our kick off fundraising event! Come enjoy two Oakland Tech Jazz Combos perform to ...
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Music – OUSD Jazz Festival 2020

All-school-Band-Rehearsal ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 6 All-school-Band-Rehearsal On February 4, the OUSD Jazz Festival was welcomed at ...
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