Albany (NY)

Albany (formerly Ocean View) is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. The population was 16,447 at the 2000 census.

The Solano Stroll, an annual street festival held on Solano Avenue in Albany and Berkeley, attracts more than 250,000 visitors on the 2nd Sunday of September. Started in 1974, the Library of Congress has designated the Solano Avenue Stroll a National Local Legacy.

The Albany music programs are also top-notch. This year, at the High School Jazz Band CMEA Music Festival at the School of the Arts in San Francisco, every group from Albany that went got an overall rating of superior, with 3/4 groups getting a Unanimous Superior rating. Albany is home to Golden Gate Fields, the only commercial racetrack in the Bay Area, as well as a the Eastshore State Park which skirts the San Francisco Bay, and the Albany Bulb.

Albany also boasts its very advanced school music program. This year, all of the high school music groups, both instrumental and choral, performed in at least a superior manner at the CMEA, Reno Jazz, and other festivals. The Albany High School Jazz Band was also accepted the Essentially Ellington festival at the Lincoln Center in New York, New York. This is a very prestigious honor, considering that Albany was one of 15 schools accepted this year.

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