BHS Jazz News and Events

Heading to the Big Apple!

Combo A got into the Mingus Festival this year! They are heading to New York City over Presidents’ Day weekend to compete in this national event. Wish them the best!

Spring concerts are coming right up

Please join us at the Berkeley High Little Theatre for our Spring shows: Thursday, February 28: Ten O’clock and Four O’clock Bands; Friday, March 1: Eleven O’clock and Two O’clock Bands. Shows start at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free for 18 and under and BUSD faculty/staff, $10 for adults. Snacks and swag for sale.

Calling all girls: JazzGirls Day is on March 2

The 8th Annual Berkeley JazzGirls Day is on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 1-5 p.m. (registration opens at 12:30 p.m.) at Berkeley High’s Community Theatre. Elementary and middle school girl musicians who play or sing jazz—or are thinking about trying it out—are invited to join professional female jazz musicians and educators for the afternoon. Activities include master classes, jam sessions, and a performance/concert by women jazz players. Female high school jazzistas from the Berkeley High jazz program serve as mentors and volunteers.

Berkeley JazzGirls Day is FREE and open to ALL girls who sing or play an instrument.  No pre-registration is required. Just come with your instrument! (JazzGirls do not need to be enrolled in Berkeley schools.)

Berkeley Symphony to feature BHS Ensemble

The Berkeley Symphony will present a special matinee performance on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 4 p.m. at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium, featuring our Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble in DVORAK & ELLINGTON. With guest conductor Christopher Rountree leading the orchestra, the concert starts with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World,” which he composed in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America. Following Dvořák’s iconic sketch of America, the Orchestra is joined by Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble with special guests to perform Gubaidalina’s Concerto for Two Orchestras and Ellington’s Black, Brown, and Beige.

Berkeley Symphony is offering a generous ticket discount for BHS Jazz families. See the BHS Jazz email or click here for a special code to purchase $10 tickets. 


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Interested in BHS’s Performing Arts?

Participation in the Berkeley High School performing arts program is open to current and incoming BHS students. We encourage all interested students to check out the information in this document.

Gratitude to donors and friends

Your support enables us to provide a world-class jazz education and more! Many thanks to the individuals, businesses and foundations supporting the BHS Jazz Program. Find a complete donor list here.

Shop on Amazon? BHS Jazz can benefit!

If you already shop on Amazon, how about designating BHS Jazz as your charity? It’s an easy way to support BHS Jazz! Here’s our Amazon Smile code: Berkeley High School Jazz. And here’s the link. 


Spotlight: Band Director Sarah Cline

Sarah Cline BWSarah Cline is in her ninth year as Jazz Director at Berkeley High School, a premier jazz program known nationally and internationally as an incubator of talent and a citadel of swing. Her students regularly represent at high level festivals, and get into top flight college music programs.  During her time at Berkeley High, she has led four tours to Cuba, collaborating with La Escuela Nacional de la Musica in Havana.  Sarah is the founder of JazzGirls Day, an event that now is spreading to communities across the US that encourages young women to see a place for themselves in the world of jazz. In addition to her teaching duties, Sarah is an in-demand professional trombonist in the San Francisco Bay Area in both jazz and salsa bands.  She has presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and the California All-State Music Education Conference.