BHS Jazz News and Events

_DSC1262_AK-X3Afro-Haitian Dance Performance: Dec. 20!

The Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Afro-Haitian Dance Performance on Thursday, December 20, 7 p.m. at Berkeley High. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of BHS’s Afro-American Department, this year’s theme is Longevity. Tickets here.

Alameda County Food Bank + Jam

Several of the BHS bands will do community service at Alameda County Food Bank on Friday, December 21. We’ll put a rhythm section in the corner and jam while we work.  From 8:30-11:30am: the 11:00 Band + a few 10:00 band students; 12:30-3:30: Jazz Ensemble + a few 2:00 or 4:00 band students

Symphony to feature Ensemble in 2019

The Berkeley Symphony will present a special matinee performance on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 4:00pm, 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.


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.