Incoming student 2019 information

Incoming students 2019 information:


Kick-off Camp 2019

Berkner High School Band Hall

May 10 & May 11 - Friday & Saturday

Rain or Shine! Wear athletic clothes, tennis shoes and bring jug of iced water.

$20.00 camp fee to pay for supplies and food - paid at 4:45 PM Friday 5/10

Friday, May 10 5PM to 8PM - ALL STUDENTS

Parent Meeting 7PM in Berkner Band Hall

Parents will pay $150 deposit for 2019 Marching Band Fees at the parent meeting

Saturday, May 11 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Students will receive lunch as part of Camp Fee.

KICK-OFF CONCERT in BHS Gym – 5:30 PM

2019-2020 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 or Sym II. All 8th graders who do not audition will be placed in Concert Band.

Additionally, any 8th grader interested in auditioning for the Berkner 2019 Midwest Band should click below:


Q: When is the audition?


May 6 &7 Apollo Mon & Tues

(at Apollo during your band class)

May 8 &9 Liberty Wed & Thurs

(at Liberty during your band class)

May 14-16 Berkner Mon-Wed

(at Berkner during your band class)


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.

  • Metronome Etude


Click below to download your scales and rhythm etude:


Percussion Auditions:

Students who have not yet auditioned for Berkner Percussion should email Mr. Schayot at jason.schayot@risd.org


2019 Calendar of Events

for Incoming Students

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


Mon, June 3 thru PERCUSSION & COLOR GUARD CAMP at Berkner HS.

Fri, June 7 For percussion & color guard only.

Specific times to be communicated at a later date.


Mon, July 15 thru PERCUSSION & COLOR GUARD CAMP at Berkner HS.

Fri, July 19 For percussion & color guard only.

Specific times to be communicated at a later date.


Monday, July 29 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 Friday. Daily schedule is typically 7:00AM-4PM


July 29-Aug 3 (Mon-Sat) DRILL WEEKS! This is when we learn a large

Aug 5-10 (Mon-Sat) 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.


Wednesday, July 31 Uniform fitting & band registration (evening)


Friday, Aug 2 Berkner Band Picnic (evening at SpringPark)


Mon, Aug 12 through Wed, Aug 14: More band, but with a reduced schedule.