Our successes are unique to each of us.  Whether it's taking her first solo or taking his first step on the practice field, success is the satisfaction we get in knowing we did our best to accomplish our goal.

The OBOE Foundation takes pride in knowing that it's endeavors, no matter how small or large, offers challenges that ultimately present opportunities for it's beneficiaries:  the student musicians and the satisfaction in a job well done.

From meeting with community leaders, to conducting media interviews to securing valuable resources, discussing the values that instrumental music teaches is essential to OBOE's mission.​

Fundraising efforts lead by The Oboe Foundation raise $4,220 for uniforms at John Muir High School Early College Magnet

The John Tirabasso  Youth Jazz Ensemble Receives $2,000 from the Oboe Foundation

On Sunday, December 16th, The Oboe Foundation presented a check to the John Tirabasso Youth Jazz Ensemble while performing at the Tournament of Roses Member Appreciation Reception.  Brad Ratliff (right), President of the Oboe Foundation presented the check to Sam Estrada, Founder of The John Tirabasso Youth Jazz Ensemble.  The members of the Jazz Ensemble are from John Muir High School, Blair High School, Marshall Fundamental School, Pasadena High School, Washington STEAM and South Pasadena High School.  Also pictured with the Jazz Ensemble are mentors Philip Topping (far left) and Dwight Garcia.


The Oboe Foundation Sponsors 20 Student Musicians for the Arcadia Music and Arts Symposium with a $2,500 Grant


Music education through participation and learning transforms and enriches lives.

 The Arcadia Music and Arts Symposium is dedicated to promoting music teaching and learning through invigorating musical and artistic experiences led by leading artists, musical minds, educators, conductors, composers and performers.  

Through compelling sessions, presentations and discussions, educators and directors grow as they engage in questioning assumptions and current practices to arrive at a more robust and effective music education profession.


We know the power music learning has in developing the lives of our students, communities and our schools.

We desire this symposium to be a catalyst for a renewed and energized community of student musicians and the music teachers who serve and lead them. Through transformation by way of instruction, reflection, and commitment to the greater good we can transform our local context.


Brad addresses the Hamilton County Commissioners discussing the financial support that music programs need to be successful.


While visiting the LAUSD band, KABC asked for Brad's thoughts on the success of the City's music program.


The needs in other countries for musical support are similar to those in the United States.  As Brad conducted this interview, the reporter acknowledged the similarities both in the benefits of instrumental music and in it's outreach.