2018-2019 Berkner Band preview

Kickoff Camp 2018

Friday, May 18th 5:00PM to 8:00PM

(arrive at 4:45)

Saturday, May 19th 8:30AM to 6:00PM

Berkner Band Hall

Students wear tennis shoes,

athletic shorts & athletic shirts

Bring $20.00 CASH for Camp Fee

Bring your JH instrument & a pencil!

** A jug of iced water is

required of each student **

Parents, please pay the 1st installment

on Friday evening at the 7PM parent meeting

1st Installment 2018-2019 Berkner Band Fees:

$150.00

Payments can be made by credit card, cash, money order,

or check payable to “BABC” (Berkner Area Band Club)

This payment qualifies your student to be considered for "Comp Block"

which is the 2018 marching show you see at Halftime and at Marching Contests.

All students will be fed lunch and a

snack dinner on Saturday

(included in $20.00 Camp Fee)

PARENT INFO:

Friday, May 18th 7:00 PM

BERKNER BAND PARENT MEETING

Located in BHS Orchestra Room

Saturday, May 19th 5:30 PM

PARENT PERFORMANCE

Located in BHS Main Gym

Enter gym through the east parking lot

2018-2019 Berkner Band Auditions

Q: What is a "Band Audition"??

A: All incoming 8th graders who play woodwind or brass are placed each year in "Concert Band" at Berkner High School, which is the fourth of five bands. Taking a "band audition" gives the student the opportunity to be placed in a band higher than the fourth band. The better your audition, the higher band you are placed in!

All incoming 8th graders who play percussion are placed in a "percussion only" class in the Fall. Specific Band Placement auditions for percussionists will occur next fall.


Q: Do I have to audition?

A: All current 9th through 11th woodwind and brass must audition for proper band placement. 8th grade woodwinds and brass do not have to audition, but must take an audition in order to place into Sym III, Sym II, or Sym I. All 8th graders who do not audition will be placed in Concert Band.

All Percussion must audition on Saturday, April 21 for next school year.


Q: When is the audition?


May 17 STEM 8th graders

Thursday 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at BHS Band Hall

(for students not currently at AJH or LJH)

(Come and go, your audition lasts 10 minutes)

May 7&9 Apollo Mon & Wed

(at Apollo during your band class)

May 10&11 Liberty Thurs & Fri

(at Liberty during your band class)

May 14-16 Berkner Mon-Wed

(at Berkner during your band class)

April 21 Drumline Auditions Sat

Percussion click HERE for more info


Q: What will I play at auditions?


  • 12 major scales (Junior High students play as many scales, as many octaves as they can)
  • Chromatic scale

Think of playing these 13 scales like playing a video game...

... the more octaves you play, and the more scales you play, the higher your score.

..... the higher your score, the higher the band you may place into.

  • Rhythm Etude


Click below to download your scales and rhythm etude:

METRONOME ETUDE

Flute Scales

Oboe Scales

Clarinet Scales

Bass Clarinet Scales

Bassoon Scales

Saxophone Scales

Trumpet Scales

Horn Scales

Trombone Scales

Euphonium Scales

Tuba Scales


Percussion Auditions:

Audition Packet

Audition Dates


2018 Calendar of Events

for Incoming Students

www.berknerband.com • jason.schayot@risd.org


Mon, June 4 thru Wed, June 6

PERCUSSION & COLOR GUARD JUNE CAMP at Berkner HS.

For percussion & color guard only.

Specific times to be communicated at a later date.


Mon, July 16 thru Fri, July 20

PERCUSSION & COLOR GUARD JULY CAMP at Berkner HS.

For percussion & color guard only.

Specific times to be communicated at a later date.


Monday, July 30

FIRST DAY OF SUMMER BAND FOR EVERYONE!

Please plan summer vacations and other activities during June and July.

We rehearse daily in August, Monday through Saturday.

Daily schedule is typically 7:00AM-4PM


July 30-Aug 4 & Aug 6-11 (Mon-Sat)

DRILL WEEKS!

This is when we learn a large segment of our marching productions.

Attendance is critical!

(Note that we rehearse on Saturday morning!)

Students who are absent during drill weeks are still welcome in the Berkner Band,

but they will not be eligible for spots in the contest show.


Mon, Aug 13 through Fri, Aug 17

More band, but with a reduced schedule.


Mon, Aug 20

First Day of Classes (we rehearse 5PM to 8PM on Monday 8/20)