Celebrating the Life of Ernie Douglas

June 18 marked a Celebration of Life for Mr. Ernie Douglas, who taught Band and Orchestra at Albany High School for 35 years. Mr. Douglas passed away in March at the age of 94. Friends, family and former students gathered at the Albany Community Center to share music and memories in his honor. Current AHS[…]

Kick Off Your Holiday Season with LOTS of Music!

Join our young musicians for a host of fun holiday music events! It all kicked off with the Elementary Band and AMS Jazz Band at the Albany Community Center this past Sunday. And that was just the beginning…we have NINE concert dates before winter break featuring TWENTY ensembles and close to 1,000 kids! Wow! December[…]

Support Our AMS/AHS Musicians!

In 2013-14, Albany Music Fund’s generous donors (thank you!!!) provided our students with: Over $25,000 in instruments, instrument repair and equipment (choral risers, sound enhancement, etc.) Music festival fees and transportation for ensembles to perform at regional, state and national events Instruction for Rhythm Bound, Albany High School’s R&B ensemble Sheet music for all ensembles[…]

Proposal for a Comprehensive Music Program

Following is a proposal submitted by the Albany Music Fund on March 10 to Superintendent Marla Stephenson, Director of Curriculum Peter Parenti and members of the Albany Unified School District School Board. If you have questions or would like to help support this proposal for a comprehensive music program across all grade levels in Albany, please contact us[…]

Great Night at Yoshi’s!

AHS Jazz Lab, Jazz Band and Rhythm Bound put on a great show at Yoshi’s in Oakland on Monday, February 10th. Under the direction of Craig Bryant, the students entertained an enthusiastic crowd, performing jazz and R&B classics by such greats as Sonny Rollins, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Stevie Wonder and Sly &[…]

Winter Music Accomplishments

Albany instrumental and vocal students have seen months of classes and rehearsals rewarded with success in winter music festivals and honor ensemble auditions. At the CMEA Jazz Festival on January 18, AHS Jazz Band received Unanimous Superior ratings (a top rating from all judges), AHS Jazz Lab received Excellent and Superior ratings and AMS Jazz[…]