Welcome to Berkeley High Jazz! We are a vibrant music program that fosters creativity, community, cultural understanding, respect, and career preparation through the study of jazz.
In Memory: Dominic Hernandez
We are heartbroken by the recent loss of our beloved friend, student, and bandmate, Dominic Hernandez.
Dominic embodied everything that we hold most dear about BHS Jazz. He loved music passionately. He was the Jazz Ensemble’s beautiful lead trumpet player who led the band with a huge, golden sound and perfect jazz phrasing. He was an exciting soloist whose playing referenced the jazz greats, but was also all his own. Dominic was a leader who made everyone around him sound better, and offered kindness and support to all of us. Dominic’s dedication to goodness was also evidenced in his work for social justice – he served on BHS Jazz’s Equity and Inclusion Committee, and worked tirelessly mentoring younger music students.
Dominic had a goofy sense of humor, and his smile could light up any room. He was deeply intelligent, and a strategic problem solver. He was unfailingly kind, friendly, and generous. He was a loving son to his wonderful parents, Christina and Jaime, and a great older brother to Nicolas, who is a beloved BHS Jazz bassist.
Dominic came every day to eat lunch with his jazz friends in front of our music portable.
Dominic, we miss you so much! We will never forget you…