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A funky graduation jingle, composed by Claremont middle schoolers

Why let “Pomp and Circumstance” set the tone of a graduation ceremony when you can strut into the gym to an upbeat tune composed and played by your own classmates?

This year, a group of Claremont Middle School kids got together and composed a theme song titled “Celebrate (Jamba Juice),” which the full band played at the eighth-grade promotion.

A dad with production experience recorded the song. Click here to listen to it.

I think my favorite line has to be “We fresh/We groovy/We chillin’ like a Jamba Juice Smoothie.”

Renae Briggs, who jump-started Claremont Middle School’s music program two years ago, said the 14-year-old boy playing the electric piano in the recording lives with his grandmother in West Oakland and recently transferred to Claremont.

Briggs says the teenager has had almost no formal music training (he has struggled, acacemically, and his grades weren’t high enough to play in the band), and he can’t yet read music. But Briggs said she was blown away by his ability to create and replicate songs. She is trying to find a way to get him into a summer music program or camp.

Are there any music scholarships still floating around?

Maybe Claremont can sell the song rights to Jamba Juice and send all of its students to summer music camps for years to come.

image from enkrates’ Web site at flickr.com/creativecommons

Katy Murphy

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

  • John

    I was also a crappy student and good keyboard player at age 14. No one appreciated it back then. I therefore lay claim to having had a ‘deprived childhood’ with an expectation of compassionate forgiveness for past, present, and future indiscretions.

    Tell him to join a pop band. It’s a lot more fun than playing music for, and being down graded by, someone with a teaching credential!