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MDUSD Jazz Fest on Wednesday at DVC

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 7:31 pm in Diablo Valley College, Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Music.

Jazz bands from all six Mt. Diablo district high schools will perform during a free concert from 3:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday at in the Performing Arts Center Theater at Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill.

The event will culminate with performances by the district’s Honor Jazz Band and “The Night Jazz Band” from DVC.

Here’s a rundown of the program:

3:30 p.m. Mt. Diablo HS
4 p.m. Concord HS
4:30 p.m. Ygnacio Valley HS
5 p.m. Clayton Valley HS
5:30 p.m. College Park HS
6 p.m. Northgate HS

Dinner break

7:30 p.m. MDUSD Honor Jazz Ensemble, followed by The Night Jazz Band

Although the event is free, donations to save The Night Jazz Band will be accepted.

More information is available by visiting

In the past, some school jazz band classes have been threatened due to low enrollment, since the district normally requires 20 students to maintain a class.

Do you think the district should fund music classes that have fewer than 20 students?

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5 Responses to “MDUSD Jazz Fest on Wednesday at DVC”

  1. Hell Freezing Over Says:

    The Jazz Fest at DVC is a great family friendly event – and a wonderful way for young musicians to showcase their talents.

    If a district school has fewer than 20 students interested in a music class – instead of canceling – why doesn’t the district think of an alternative? How about letting those students join a music class at another school? We should encourage and support these kids too – not stifle their talents. Just thinking a tiny bit out of the box … There’s gotta be other ideas / alternatives out there …

  2. 4Students Says:

    Music is an important part of education. Music is part of the California curriculum for good reason. Music teaches teamwork and other life skills, and a lifetime of enjoyment and appreciation. Performing in concerts gives each student a source of personal pride. Music students achieve better grades in other classes. Music is connected to other disciplines (like Gabby Giffords speech therapy that’s based on singing and rhythms). The district should ensure that it keeps all the music teachers, who may have only a music credential and in this area bumping becomes a nightmare. Last Spring the proposed budget showed 33? pink slips for music teachers which was scary. MDMEF can’t raise enough to fund the entire program but this year has been able to retain a few classes with its grant program.

  3. Music Parent Says:

    If the district hadn’t cut music in the elementary schools they might not have this problem….I’m just saying

  4. Former music parent Says:

    Clayton Valley tried combining its Jazz and Orchestra classes to save them. What a nightmare. At Clayton Valley the academies also hurt the music programs. Academy students are required to take “academy” classes during certain class periods. If jazz or wind ensemble or another band class is scheduled during that time, they have to choose between being in the academy or taking the music class.

    It takes a dedicated music student to be able to take music all four years in high school. For a 10th grade college-bound student, there’s no room in the schedule for band unless you don’t take the required 10th grade PE (pushing PE off to 11th or 12th grade) or you take an extra “zero” period class – or both. Maybe someday MDUSD will add a 7th period to the high school day, like most good districts have done.

  5. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here is a clip of the MDUSD Honor Jazz Band:
    Unfortunately, my phone camera storage filled up quickly, so I couldn’t record the entire concert.
    Students were especially excited when band directors from Concord, Mt. Diablo and Northgate high schools jammed with the DVC Night Band.

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