BHS Jazz News and Events

Letter-Writing Party

NEW DATE. This event was previously announced for Oct. 19, but it will most likely be moved to Saturday, October 5. We’ll let you know when the date is confirmed.

Solano Stroll

Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Several of our combos will play at noon, 2 and 4 p.m., and we need a stream of volunteers to sell raffle tickets and merchandise from our booth. We also need people to provide some equipment (PA, folding tables, etc.). SIGN UP HERE. (Please note: We use SignUp Genius to organize volunteers for all of our events throughout the year. If you haven’t used it before, it’s easy to create an account and very user-friendly!)

Jazz Association General Meeting

Thursday, September 5, 7:15- 8:30 p.m. in Room A205 (Jazz classroom). First meeting of the year for all parents and guardians to hear about this year’s jazz program from director Sarah Cline, meet this year’s leaders, sign up to volunteer, and vote to fill vacancies on the association board. At this time, we have one nominee to add to the board: Jaime Hernandez as At-Large Board Member/ Diversity Lead.

Jazz Program Orientation

Wednesday, August 21, 1 – 3 p.m., Room A205 (Jazz classroom). All students and at least one parent per family, please drop in to complete a set of information and permission forms required for the jazz program and the school. Plan to spend 15 to 30 minutes. We’ll send more details about what to bring with you. (This is required, but if you won’t be in town, forms can be completed immediately after school starts.)

Ethan Ostrow Quartet

BMuZ Summer Camps

BMuZ Summer Camp ends with a great performances.

Here is the morning concert.

Here are the afternoon performances.

See you next summer !


2019-2020 Audition results

Please note: Students will find out their 2019-2020 jazz class placements when they get their schedules in August.  Previously posted class lists will most likely be revised during the summer.  Thank you for your patience.


Final 18-19 concerts: photos and videos

Thanks to volunteer dad Andrea Kathol for these images!

And from volunteer dad Manish Goenka:

Ensemble and Combos A & B at Yoshi’s: May 6





The date at Yoshi’s was awesome!

Check it out!

Fantasm at Next Gen Jazz

The Berkeley High Ensemble performed Fantasm at the Next Gen Jazz Competition in Monterey, California. Hear their stand-out performance here.

BHS Ensemble shines at Symphony

Click here to read the SF Chronicle review!

The Berkeley Symphony presented a special matinee performance on Sunday, March 24 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium, featuring our BHS Jazz Ensemble in DVORAK & ELLINGTON. With guest conductor Christopher Rountree leading the orchestra, the concert started 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 was joined by Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble with special guests to perform Ellington’s Black, Brown, and Beige and Gubaidalina’s Concerto for Two Orchestras.

Enjoy these performances:

Ellington’s Black, Brown, and Beige:

05 Ellington – Black Brown and Beige

Gubaidalina’s Concerto for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band

06 Gubaidulina – Concerto for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band


07 Encore


Combo brings it at Mingus

Berkeley High’s Combo A traveled to New York City in February and came home with multiple accolades, including best high school combo at the Mingus Festival 2019! Awards also went to Camille Collins for Outstanding Soloist and Max Nierlich for Outstanding Combo Arranger.

The Girls and Pepe play live on KPFA

IMG_6689Saluting International Women’s Month, KPFA’s Sing Out featured a live in-studio performance by the Berkeley High School jazz combo The Girls and Pépé (Pépé not pictured). The original drummer Pépé graduated, but the group continues its tradition of using a male drummer with Dash Goss-Post, along with bassist Kati Leitner, pianist Anna Bettendorf, flutist Kyra Teigen and saxophonist Laurel Fink. The band was an anchor of the recent JazzGirls Day at Berkeley High. Also, some members will be in the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble when it performs Duke Ellington’s “Black, Brown and Beige” with the Berkeley Symphony on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 4 p.m. at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium. Hear the combo on KPFA


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.