The Band Program at Korematsu Middle School

The Band Program at Korematsu Middle School

Tiffany Carrico directs our incredibly rich music program which consists of six performing ensembles: four elective bands that practice during the regular school day and two more that meet before and after regular school hours.

KIDS DO NOT NEED TO OWN AN INSTRUMENT TO PLAY.  The band program has instruments available! Our program serves everyone and over 20% of our student body performs in a band.  We teach students who have never held an instrument to students that have had the opportunity to play for several years prior to arriving at Korematsu.

Our program is playing, practice and performance-intense.  Concert participation is mandatory, counts as coursework, and is graded.  

Here is our schedule of Concerts for 22-23
Oct.23rd Kensington BBQ Jazz Ensemble 12:00
Oct. 26th Halloween Concert Kore  4:30 call 5 start
Dec. 7th Area Festival 6pm Korematsu gym (sym)
Dec. 14th Winter Concert 1 Kore  4:30 call 5 start
Dec. 14th Winter Concert 2 Kore  6 call 6:30 start
Jan. 20th CMEA Jazz ECHS (Jazz Ensemble)
Mar. 7th District Music Festival ECHS gym 4:30 call 5 start
Mar. 15th Spring Concert Kore  4:30 call 5 start
Mar. 24th CMEA ECHS (Concert & sym)
Mar. 28th District Orchestra Fest. RHS Theater 4:30 call 5 start
Apr. 26th Dist. Jazz Festival RHS Theater 6pm start
May 12-14 Cazadero trip Cazadero Music Camp
May 17th Area Festival 6pm ECHS Gym (sym)
May 31st Pops Concert Kore  4:30 call 5 start
June 8th Promotion Jazz Ensemble  6pm

Course Offerings

Beginning Band

Concert/Intermediate Band

Symphonic/Advanced Band


Jazz Ensemble (advanced) is open by audition only and is an elective course held every morning in the zero period (7:15-8:05)

Jazz Band (beginner/intermediate) is held after school and is open to students who are also enrolled in one of the regular daytime band electives. It meets every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 2:30-3:30 (beginning after Labor Day).

If you have questions or are interested in joining the Jazz Band class, please contact Ms. Carrico at 510-717-0718 or

Awards and Accolades

Teacher of the Year!

Ms. Carrico received The Ed Fund’s WCCUSD Teacher of the Year Award in 2009.  Get to know her through this short video where she explains her teaching philosophy:


2017 Quarter Finalist GRAMMY in the Schools

Congratulations to Ms. Carrico, who was selected as a quarter finalist for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. A total of 290 music teachers from 264 cities across 41 states were chosen.  In total, more than 3,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.  The winner will be honored during GRAMMY Week 2017.


CMEA California Music Educators Association Awards

In late spring, our bands perform in the CMEA Festival, usually hosted at El Cerrito High School.  We are consistently awarded “Excellent” and “Superior” scores in competition.


The Korematsu Music Parent Association, a subgroup of our PTSA, provides support for the band program. We raise money for musical instruments and instrument repair, sheet music, concert and competition entry fees and field trips. We also help to organize and look after the kids before and during concerts.  We pack and transport music stands and other equipment prior to concerts, we print concert programs and design and sell spirit wear. Finally, we work with the PTSA to present our annual school-wide community-building fundraiser called “Celebrate Korematsu.”  Our bands perform and guests are treated to dinner and opportunities to bid on items in both a silent and live auction.   We meet on the second Tuesday of the month in September, November, January, March and May at 6:00 p.m.before PTSA meetings.  Come once, twice, or every time.  Join us!  We’d love to have you! Questions?

Monetary Support

If you’d like to contribute money to our outstanding music program, click on the “I Love Music” icon below. To donate your time, contact Jen at the email address above.

Donate through Paypal, click on “I Love Music” below.


MS Orchestra

Korematsu students are featured at 1:26!

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