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MDUSD Jazz Festival is underway

Despite budget cuts, high school jazz band programs are alive and well in the Mt. Diablo district. And students in the bands are gathering at DVC right now to share their music with each other during a free Jazz Festival, then enjoy music from the district’s honor jazz band, which includes top musicians from district schools.

Here’s a rundown of the festival, which is already in progress:

3:30 Northgate HS
4:00 Concord HS
4:30 College Park HS
5:00 Mt. Diablo HS
5:30 Ygnacio Valley HS
6:00 Clayton Valley Charter HS

Dinner break

7:30 PM District Honor Jazz Band Concert, followed by DVC Night Jazz Band

9:00 PM End Concert

Just as UMDAF includes Clayton Valley Charter HS, it looks like the district’s band programs are also continuing to include the charter.

Do you value programs such as this?

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Under: Diablo Valley College, Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Music | 3 Comments »

MDUSD Jazz Fest on Wednesday at DVC

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?

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Under: Diablo Valley College, Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Music | 5 Comments »