The Skyline High School Jazz Band placed fourth in the AA division at the prestigious Reno Jazz Festival at the University of Nevada at the end of April.

"We work hard and fundraise all year so we can go to compete in Reno," said Director Vincent Tolliver, music teacher and chair of Skyline's Performing Arts Department. "After we won first in the A division a few years back, they moved us up to the more competitive AA Division. The completion is stiffer at this level. We received scores of superior and excellent and placed fourth out of 17 bands. "

Skyline is the only jazz band representing Oakland at the festival where jazz musicians and singers from all over the West Coast compete at the middle, high school and college level. The Skyline High School Jazz Band is grateful to the support of Mayor Jean Quan and her office, the Oakland Educational Association, the California Retired Teachers Association, the NAACP, the Distaff Singers, PLAN, East Bay Housing Organization, Acts Full Gospel Church of Oakland, Oaktoberfest, Laurel Business District, and other groups and individuals which have supported the band financially.

-- Jocelyn Wong-Rolle