"The music program at Oak Middle School prides itself on both its love for music and love for the studetns. The classroom is an artistic learning environment as well as a place for students to "belong." Many students call the music program their home away from home and share common bonds with friends in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. If you are learning how to play for the first time, on the path and growing, or trying out for the jazz band, there is a place for you. We love music and love to perform on our instruments. We are all "musicians" and this is our common bond.
Whether you are in band, orchestra, or play the Ukulele, our desire is for you to know that you belong and make an impact in the Oak Music Program. Welcome to the family."
"I’ve always been told one of the most important parts of middle school is finding your group that you will take with you to high school. Tristan and his band and orchestra friends have that group, and they are having a blast learning and growing together. Music really is Magic here at Oak."
- Trisha Morris
Zero period Mon-Fri 7:50-8:35
Robert Harrell was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California and was heavily involved in the local music scene. Besides receiving several acknowledgments of outstanding musicianship at Santa Barbara High School, he was the solo trumpet chair in the Monday Madness Big Band, and he played bass professionally in local jazz groups and in the pit orchestra for several theater companies. He moved to Southern California for his undergraduate studies at Biola University. During his time at Biola he was a integral part of the music department, playing trumpet in the jazz ensemble, symphonic winds, brass ensemble, and brass quintet. He played both upright and electric bass for the jazz combo and vocal jazz group. He was the president and student conductor of the symphonic winds at Biola University, and he graduated in the Spring of 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Music Education, and then went on to complete his teaching credential that fall.
The first stop in his educational career was at Los Alamitos High School, as the director of the jazz and orchestra groups. He will never forget the rewarding time that he shared with the students and the achievements they accomplished that year. Robert has a passion for music and a passion for students, and he knows that music has the power to change lives. One of his biggest goals as an educator is to ignite the love for music inside each of his students, and to help them achieve whatever they set their hearts and minds to. Robert is grateful and honored to be at Oak Middle School. And most of all, he is excited to see the students at Oak bring music to life, because he is a firm believer that “when we create music, we create meaning.”
Mr. Robert Harrell
Instrumental Music Director
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Oak Middle School |10821 Oak St. |
Los Alamitos, CA | 90720 |Tel: 562.799.4740