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Our Philosophy

"The music program at Oak Middle School prides itself on both its love for music and love for the students. Our classroom is one of the most diverse and collaborative places on campus and is truly a place for our students to be themselves. Many students call the music program a home away from home and come alive when they enter the music room.  If you are learning how to play for the first time, on the path and growing, or pursuing advanced studies, there is a place for you.  We love music and love to perform on our instruments. The joy of music 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."


Daily Schedule


Jazz Band 

Zero period


Concert Band

First period


Symphonic Band

Second period

Wind Ensemble

Third period


String Orchestra

Fourth period


Exploratory Wheel

Fifth period

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Director's Notes


Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Robert Harrell was heavily active 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 with local jazz groups and theater companies. Robert received his Bachelor of Music Education degree 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. In December of 2022, Robert graduated with his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Biola University. Robert is grateful and honored to be in his seventh year at Oak Middle School. Every day he is inspired by the passion, dedication, and joy of his students. He couldn’t ask for a better place to be.

Mr. Robert Harrell
Instrumental Music Director

Oak Middle School |10821 Oak St. |  

Los Alamitos, CA | 90720 |Tel: 562.799.4740

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