As the end of the school year nears in the Mt. Diablo district, many high school instrumental music groups will perform in concert. Here is a sampling of some upcoming performances by district bands and orchestras:

-- 5:30-9:30 p.m. May 2: Combined Concord High and Los Medanos College Wind Ensembles, Los Medanos College, East Leland Road, Pittsburg

-- 8 and 10 p.m. May 5: Concord High Jazz Ensemble, Yoshi's Oakland, Jack London Square

-- 6 p.m. May 9: College Park Pops Picnic, College Park High, 201 Viking Road, Pleasant Hill

-- Noon to 5 p.m. May 10: All Area Music Festival showcasing student music ensembles from throughout the district, Todos Santos Plaza, Salvio and Grant streets, Concord

-- 8 and 10 p.m. May 12: Northgate High Jazz Bands, Yoshi's Oakland, Jack London Square

-- 7 p.m. May 20: Northgate Spring Instrumental Concert, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek

-- 6:30-8 p.m. May 22: Concord High Jazz Ensemble, Music and Market, Todos Santos Plaza, Salvio and Grant streets, Concord

-- June 5: Ygnacio Valley High Spring Concert, Ygnacio Valley High, 755 Oak Grove Road, Concord

More information about the effort to bring back elementary music in the district is available by visiting the Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation's website at www.mdmef.org.

To see video clips of Mt. Diablo district music students performing and advocating for elementary music along with parents and teachers, visit www.contracostatimes.com.