El Cerrito High School Bands have a proud history of musical excellence and award-winning ensembles. Our program offers students the opportunity to develop their skills through a variety of musical experiences that include performances, clinics, festivals, and travel opportunities. Over the past five years the program has seen a growth of over 250% and currently serves over 180 students. The program offers four levels of band classes including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Beginning Band as well as two jazz bands that include the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop. In addition to our classes the program also includes several extra-curricular ensembles that include the Gaucho Band and Jazz Quintet.

Over the past seventy years ECHS Bands have been the recipients of multiple awards and have performed in venues throughout California and abroad. In recent years, the ECHS Wind Ensemble has been the recipient of five consecutive CMEA Unanimous Superior Awards and has been selected among California’s top high school bands to perform at the CMEA All-State Band and Orchestra Festival in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, the Wind Ensemble held its debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a part of the New York Wind Band Festival.

The ECHS Jazz Ensemble and Quintet have earned first place and been featured at numerous jazz festivals across the west coast, most recently being selected as finalist for Monterey's prestigious Next Generation Jazz Festival where the Jazz Quintet placed 2nd among some of the country's finest high school combos. Among other accomplishments, in 2014 the Jazz Ensemble was selected as the only high school jazz band to perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference in Fresno. The band has toured and performed in venues throughout the world including the Monterey Jazz Festival (1991), North Sea Jazz Festival (2014), Montruex Jazz Festival (2014), Umbria Jazz Festival, and held annual performances at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland since 2002.