BHS Jazz News and Events




Auditions are on May 19, 20, 21, 26, and 27. Deadline to sign up is May 17, but slots fill fast. Click here to start. 
If you have further questions about the program or auditions, please email
Want to see BHS Jazz bands in action? Watch the 2020 spring concerts

BHS hosts another successful JazzGirls Day

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On March 7, 2020, the 9th Annual Berkeley JazzGirls Day in the BHS Community Theatre brought together elementary and middle school girl musicians for an afternoon of jam sessions and master classes with professional female jazz musicians and educators.  Female high school jazzistas from the Berkeley High Jazz program served as mentors and volunteers.  Read the Berkeleyside article 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.


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.