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[…]

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[…]

Holiday Concerts in Full Swing

Our talented young instrumental and vocal musicians have been offering up a wonderful range of concerts for the holiday season! The choirs kicked things off with another successful run of Madrigal Delights last weekend, entertaining kids and adults alike with song, dance, feasting and revelry. Both choir and instrumental students were also on hand at[…]

Albany Music Fund winds up the school year, looks forward to the next

The Albany Music Fund completed another year of support for music in the Albany public schools, providing funding for music programs at all grade levels and celebrating the joy and beauty of music performed by our students. Instrument purchases, stipends, concert fees, transportation, sheet music, reeds, music stands and repairs were just some of what[…]

CMEA Success for for Albany Music Ensembles

Over the course of the weekend,  nearly 500 AMS and AHS  students participated in the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Band, Orchestra and Choir Festivals.  All of the groups represented our schools well and they sounded great too.  Four of our groups received the “Unanimous Superior” distinction, an especially big deal for groups. Congratulations and[…]

Fourth Graders support Albany Music Fund with their talents

Fourth graders Eli Jordan and Haley McCreery seem to know a thing or two about what it takes to support good music programs in schools. The Ocean View and Cornell students, who each play multiple instruments, took their talents to a popular street corner over the holidays, opened up a violin case and serenaded shoppers[…]