Albany Music Fund Excellence and equity in music education in the Albany Public Schools Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:27:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Albany Music Fund 32 32 Celebrating the Life of Ernie Douglas Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:07:40 +0000 [...]]]> 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 teacher Craig Bryant who attended commented “It was beautiful to hear how many lives he touched through music.”

A WWII veteran who played clarinet, oboe and saxophone, Mr. Douglas began teaching at Albany High School in 1952. His daughter, Cathy Douglas, told the East Bay Times that AHS was “a perfect match” for her father because “it was a small school. He not only wanted to teach musicians but he wanted to get to know the people.”

Mr. Douglas was a leader in many East Bay music education groups and founded the Albany Community Orchestra, which became the Albany Chamber Orchestra. He also started the AHS music supporters group that eventually evolved into Albany Music Fund.

AMF is grateful for all the donations that have been made in Mr. Douglas’s memory by AHS music alumni and other friends. These gifts will go to support students today in the same program that Mr. Douglas helped to build and grow in so many ways during his decades teaching in Albany.

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Fall Concerts Coming Up! Thu, 13 Oct 2016 05:43:37 +0000 [...]]]> Our first concerts of the 2016-17 school year are coming up this month! On October 25th, the AHS Instrumental program offers a “Prism” concert, a new format one-hour take on the music our band and orchestra students have been working on since August.

The next night on Wednesday, October 26, AHS Vocal Music will offer a fundraiser concert with limited ticketed seating available. More at

But first it’s Homecoming Week…watch for Pep Band at the Homecoming Game on October 21st and the ever-popular Homecoming Movie Night hosted by AHS Vocal Music on October 19!

Click on “Calendar of Events” at the left for our Google Calendar of Albany school music events.


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Albany Music Pix for You Thu, 13 Oct 2016 05:32:50 +0000 Did you know Albany Music is on Instagram?! Check out music snaps (and the occasional pic of Mr. Bryant at the ballgame) here

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AHS Bands and Choirs Hit LA! Fri, 08 Apr 2016 22:11:28 +0000 Albany High School band and choir students are on tour! In two separate groups, students are traveling to Los Angeles for music exchanges, special performances and tours and more!

Follow the fun via Instagram!

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Sing (and Play) in the Spring Fri, 08 Apr 2016 22:09:27 +0000 [...]]]> Students from Albany’s band and choir programs have been busy with concerts ranging from the Superintendent’s Concert, a wide-ranging display of the music program’s scope in the AHS gym, to the AMS band’s “preview” of their CMEA repertoire for parents, AHS Choir seniors last performance in the Veteran’s Memorial building at the Spring Choir Concert and the AMS and AHS bands “guest artist” concert at El Cerrito High School.

Thank you for all the beautiful music!


Combined choirs at the Superintendent's Concert

Combined choirs at the Superintendent’s Concert

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AHS Rhythm Bound at Solano Stroll Sun, 06 Sep 2015 02:29:07 +0000 The new school year is already in swing, and this weekend AHS Rhythm Bound will perform at Solano Stroll at the corner of Curtis & Solano across from Safeway at noon and 2 pm. Come on by, hear some great tunes and support Albany student musicians!

AHS Rhythm Bound

AHS Rhythm Bound at the 2013 Solano Stroll

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Thank you AMF Donors Sun, 06 Sep 2015 02:26:27 +0000 A little information on the many benefits to Albany students that your donations support!


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“Annie Get Your Gun” Opens at AHS Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:13:18 +0000 [...]]]> AHS Theater Ensemble will open “Annie Get Your Gun” this Thursday, March 12, at 7 pm in the Little Theater.


“Annie Get Your Gun” tells the story of Annie Oakley, the best female sharpshooter in the West. A musical comedy about love, ambition, and the joys of show business, “Annie Get Your Gun” is a perfect show for everyone!

Come and join AHS Theater Ensemble in their production of this timeless classic:

Thursday, March 12: 7pm
Friday, March 13: 7:30pm
Saturday, March 14: 8pm
Sunday, March 15: 3pm

Tickets to the Wild West Show are $10 for students/seniors and $15/20 for adults. Purchase at the door (if available) or click here to order advance tickets online.

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Kick Off Your Holiday Season with LOTS of Music! Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:59:26 +0000 [...]]]> AMS Jazz Band at the Community Center 11/30

AMS Jazz Band at the Community Center 11/30

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!


Don’t miss Madrigal Delights 12/5-6

December 5-6, Madrigal Delights is a wonderful holiday event from the AHS vocal music department. Evening shows on December 5 & 6 feature a full dinner and a special matinée Saturday 12/6 includes fun family activities such as face-painting, juggling and  storytelling for only $12 for kids and seniors.  Tickets for all dates left available are here.

Madrigal Singers

Madrigal Singers

Tuesday-Thursday, December 9-11, enjoy all the students of the Albany Middle School music program in performance! AMS bands will offer two nights of instrumental music at 7 pm  on both the 9th & 10th in the AHS Little Theater. Then the AMS Choirs follow up with their concert on December 11 at 7 pm. FREE.

The combined elementary choirs will perform their winter concert in the AHS gymnasium on Saturday, December 13 at 3 pm. Plenty of room to come enjoy our youngest performing choirs in action! FREE.


AHS Jazz Band

Last, but definitely not least, the AHS bands and choirs will send you off into winter break with performances December 15-17. AHS Jazz Band, Jazz Lab and Rhythm Bound perform Monday 12/15. AHS Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and the combined AMS/AHS Orchestra are up Tuesday 12/16. And then the AHS Winter Choir Concert is Wednesday 12/17. All shows in the Little Theater at 7 pm. FREE.

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Support Our AMS/AHS Musicians! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:30:57 +0000 [...]]]>

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 and concerts
  • Essential costs to help programs in their daily operation

Each year, we need to raise approximately $350 per student in the AMS/AHS music programs to maintain a quality program. Please give what you can, so that all our students can benefit.

Your donations will also benefit our elementary students at all three sites and help our new elementary music program get off the ground!

Just look at all the ensembles your donations support!

School Bands at Ocean View, Cornell & Marin
School Choirs at Ocean View, Cornell & Marin
Fifth Grade District Band
AMS Cobra Band
AMS Concert Band
AMS Symphonic Band
AMS Jazz Band
AMS Chamber Choir
AMS Concert Choir
AMS Cantare Choir
AHS/AMS String Orchestra
AHS Symphonic Band
AHS Wind Ensemble
AHS Jazz Lab
AHS Jazz Band
AHS Guitar
AHS Concert Choir
AHS Women’s Chamber Ensemble
AHS Chamber Singers
AHS Vocal Soul
AHS Man Choir
AHS Rhythm Bound

Support our students–donate now!

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