The Roosevelt Middle School All Stars & Alumni Band with Guest Artists Christopher Lowell Clarke
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NEW DATE! Sunday december 11 • 3:15 pm

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RANDY PORTER, Musical Director

Randy Porter has been creating music as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser for a long time.  He has written for a variety of ensembles from solo to symphony orchestras. He has collaborated with many musicians over the years to make music with his students including Terry Riley, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Kronos, Quartet, Cypress Quartet, Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, Vijay Iyer, Sean Jones, Dan Plonsey, Julian Lage, and many more.

Porter has been a mainstay at the annual Summer Solstice Chapel of the Chimes Garden of Memory concert  in Oakland performing his compositions on a variety of prepared instruments.

He is also the Lead Teacher of the Oakland Unified School District's free Jazz Summer Camp.

MORE: KRON TV Aug 22, 2017  story by Vince Cestone: Teacher of the Week: Oakland music teacher and composer Randy Porter.”

youth spirit artworks

Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) is an interfaith “green” art jobs and job training program located in Berkeley, California which is committed to empowering homeless and low-income San Francisco Bay Area young people.

YSA was founded in 2007, as a response to the enormous employment challenges of older homeless and low-income youth, by one of the initiators of the Alameda County Homeless Youth Collaborative, who had observed first hand at the Telegraph Avenue Homeless Youth Drop-In Center the unmet needs of transition age youth for jobs and jobs training programs.

The mission of Youth Spirit Artworks is to use art jobs and jobs training to empower and transform the lives of youth, giving young people the skills, experience, and self-confidence needed to meet their full potential. MORE

Roosevelt Music Program

The Roosevelt Music Program aims to build character through the learning, playing and performing of music, individually and together as a group. We will learn music theory, notation, composition and arranging. Our goal is to develop musical skills, discipline and personal perception as a performer, while building an understanding of the unique and important role that every individual plays in a musical ensemble, be it Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Choir, or Exploring Music. To support our goals we request that students actively participate in class, fulfill their written assignments, practice their instrument at least a minimum of 130 minutes per week and attend all performances

Christopher Lowell Clarke

Christopher Lowell Clarke began playing trumpet in the fourth grade. While attending School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati Ohio, he participated in the Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Band and Jazz Band. After high school, Chris attended the College Conservatory of Music, at University of Cincinnati, majoring in Jazz Studies and Studio Music Performance. In 1992, Chris received the Fisk Middleton Young Emerging Jazz Artist Scholarship and performed at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockridge, MD.


Anxious to sow his professional oats, Chris left school in 1993 and worked as a musician with Carnival Cruise Lines off and on for the next four years, living in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. Chris moved to San Francisco in 1997. He has performed with the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Monterey Jazz Festival and led his own quintet at the Fillmore Jazz Festival. Now, one of the most sought after trumpet players in the Bay Area, Chris continues to develop his professional career.

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