BHS Jazz News and Events

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Come on out for the concerts

Join BHS Jazz at the Florence Schwimley Little Theatre at Berkeley High for our concerts on February 27 and 28. Both shows begin at 7pm. Everyone 18 and under and BUSD staff are free. Tickets for adults are $10. Bring cash for snacks and swag!

Thursday, Feb. 27: Ten O’clock and Four O’clock Bands
Friday, Feb. 28: Eleven O’clock and Three O’clock Bands

Calling all aspiring jazz musicians 

Learn more about Berkeley High School’s jazz program here. Audition signups will open April 15. If you have further questions about the program or auditions for BHS Jazz, please email berkeleyhighjazz@gmail.com. Thank you!

BHS Jazz girls. day9th Annual JazzGirls Day: March 7

The 9th Annual Berkeley JazzGirls Day is on Saturday, March 7, 2020, 1-5 p.m.(registration opens at 12:30 p.m.) at Berkeley High’s Community Theatre. Elementary and middle school girl musicians ages 10-14 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, and jam sessions. 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.

BHS: Fabulous at Folsom

The 80 students in the 11 o’clock, 3 o’clock, and 4 o’clock Bands competed at the Folsom Jazz Festival: BHS 11 O’clock Band  Folsom Jazz Festival 2020  “Blue Minor”BHS 11 O’clock BandFolsom Jazz Festival 2020  “Curveball“; and BHS 11 O’clock Band  Folsom Jazz Festival 2020  “T.O.P. Adjacent.”

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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 here

Shop on Amazon? BHS Jazz can benefit!

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

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.

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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.