El Cerrito High School has a proud history of musical excellence and award-winning ensembles that have thrived since the school’s opening in 1941. The Music Program at ECHS 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 150 students. It offers four levels of concert band including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Beginning Band as well as three levels of jazz band that include the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Workshop, and Jazz Lab.

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 notable accomplishments include five consecutive CMEA Unanimous Superior Awards earned by our Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. In 2014 our Wind Ensemble was selected among California’s top high school bands to perform at the 2014 CMEA All-State Band and Orchestra Festival where the group was awarded a Unanimous Superior Award. In spring of 2015 the Wind Ensemble will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a part of the 2015 New York Wind Band Festival.

Our Jazz Ensemble has gained recognition as one of the state’s top high school jazz bands. It has earned first place and been featured at numerous jazz festivals across the west coast and appeared as a showcase ensemble at state music conferences on multiple occasions, most recently in 2014 when it was invited to perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference in Fresno. The Jazz Ensemble has 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.