Ensembles and Bands - Music Department

Musicians and vocalists. Second Image credit to Ravi Masand

Jazz/Rock Ensemble

Jazz/Rock Ensemble and Advanced Jazz/Rock Combos are repeatable courses taught by Tim Roberts. The first class is open to all musicians-singers, guitars, horns, drums. Students are grouped into bands and learn tunes in a variety of styles: Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, R&B, etc., and then presented in concert with big horn sections and background singers. Advanced Jazz/Rock Combos is a continuation course for students at a more advanced level. Fully-produced concerts complete each semester.

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Vocal Ensembles

Whether your vocal area of interest is Broadway show tunes, classical Art songs, Jazz standards, SATB choir repertoire, Italian opera or pop/R&B - you owe it to yourself to invest in quality training in technique, interpretation and style. Ohlone's vocal department can provide you with the one-on-one lessons and performance opportunities - both solo and ensemble - that will jumpstart your career.

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Performance Ensembles

This repeatable performance class evolves depending on the interests and skill sets of the participants in each semester. We often explore conventional groupings like String Quartet, Bluegrass Band, Percussion, Brass or Guitar Ensemble. But we also get into Real Book Jazz improvisation, Barbershop singing, Indian percussion and Mariachi!

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Summerfest Musical Theater Productions

As a collaboration between the Theatre, Dance, and Music departments Ohlone presents fully-staged musical theater productions each summer under the stars in the Smith Center Amphitheater. These have included shows like West Side Story, Grease, Miss Saigon, and more recently (in cooperation with Fremont's Stage 1 community theater company), Ragtime, Rock of Ages, Hairspray, and in 2019: Phantom of the Opera. Roles are available to Ohlone students as Principals, Chorus, and Orchestra.

Community Education Ensembles

The Ohlone Bands were founded in 1977 as part of the (new) Ohlone College Department of Music. Over the years, the Ohlone Community Band grew under the batons of past conductors Phil Zahorsky, Rich Levin and Steve Barnhill. Since Fall, 2007 the Bands have been under the direction of Tony Clements. These groups have a wonderful blend of youth and experience and are outstanding examples of the benefits of a collegiate music education. The Ensembles play a wide variety of symphonic band literature to challenge both the audience and the ensembles themselves.