"The music program at Oak Middle School prides itself on both its love for music and love for the students. 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 or orchestra, our desire is for you to know that you belong and make an impact in the Oak Music Program. Welcome to the family."
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Robert Harrell was heavily involved in the local music scene. He was involved whole-heartedly in music at Santa Barbara High School, was solo trumpet chair in the Monday Madness Big Band his senior year of high school, and played bass professionally in local jazz groups and theater companies. Robert got his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Biola University, where he played trumpet in the jazz ensemble, symphonic winds, brass ensemble, and brass quintet. He also played upright and electric bass for the jazz combo and vocal jazz group, and was president and student conductor of the symphonic winds.
He began his educational career at Los Alamitos High School, where he was the long-term sub for the Jazz and Orchestra programs, and he will never forget the rewarding time that he shared with his students that year. Robert has a passion for music and a passion for students of all ages. Robert is grateful and honored to be at Oak Middle School. Every day he is inspired by the passion, dedication, and joy of his students. He couldn’t have asked for a better place to be during these incredibly formative early years as a director.
Mr. Robert Harrell
Instrumental Music Director
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Oak Middle School |10821 Oak St. |
Los Alamitos, CA | 90720 |Tel: 562.799.4740