The Skyline jazz band’s got chops


They may have been up against suburban music programs with deeper pockets, but Skyline’s jazz band took second place at the Reno Jazz Festival the weekend before last.

Ted Allen, the band director, said Skyline was the only urban school in its division — 16 teams from California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. This is the second year in a row that the group has won second.

Allen, who reads this blog regularly, urged me to share this “real news” about OUSD happenings. How can I argue with that?

photo by Paul Dries

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Jesse Dutton-Kenny

    Great Job Skyline!

  • Caroline

    All RIGHT — from a San Francisco School of the Arts jazz mom. (SOTA’s Vocal Jazz ensemble was in Reno, but none of our instrumental groups this year.)

  • Nextset

    Music is a terrific skill in many different ways, it’s a language – the written music notes, it’s the process of working in a group and filling your part of the piece, it’s discipline, it’s many different skills in one. It’s fantastic for an urban public high school to field a band in a regional competition and pick up awards. This is the kind of publicity that OUSD needs more of.

  • Sharon

    Congratulations Titan Jazz Band!

    Ted Allen does a great job with the instrumental music program at Skyline and the students are great, but of course I’m a Skyline parent who is proud of this strong feature at the school.

    There ARE kids doing very well in our public schools and a number of them are musicians. For those of you who are doubtful, don’t take my word for it; come see that they exist for yourself.

    Skyline’s Spring Concerto Concert will be on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30pm in the theater on Skyline’s campus. Also, Skyline finally has a new website if you’re curious about other aspects of the school: http://skylinehs.org/.