Incoming student 2020 information

Incoming students 2020 information:


Kick-off Camp 2020

Berkner High School Band Hall

May 8 & May 9 - 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 5/8

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

Parent Meeting 7PM in Berkner Band Hall

Parents will pay $150 deposit for 2020 Marching Band Fees at the parent meeting

Saturday, May 9 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


Tues, May 26 thru Fri, May 29 PERCUSSION & COLOR GUARD CAMP at Berkner HS.

For percussion & color guard only. Specific times to be communicated at a later date.


Mon, July 13 thru Fri, July 17 PERCUSSION & COLOR GUARD CAMP at Berkner HS.

For percussion & color guard only. Specific times to be communicated at a later date.


Monday, July 27

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 27-Aug 1 (Mon-Sat) DRILL WEEKS! Attendance critical

Aug 3-8 (Mon-Sat) DRILL WEEKS! Attendance critical

Students who are absent during drill weeks are still welcome in the Berkner Band, but they will not be eligible for spots in the Varsity marching contest show.

Mon, Aug 10 through Tues, Aug 18

More band, but with a reduced schedule.


Wednesday, July 29 Uniform fitting & band registration (evening)


Friday, July 31 Berkner Band Picnic (evening at SpringPark)


Wed, Aug 19 First Day of Classes for Berkner High School

2020-2021 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.

Q: When is the audition?


May 4 &5 Apollo Mon & Tues

(at Apollo during your band class)

May 8 & 11 Liberty Fri & Mon

(at Liberty during your band class)

May 12-13 Berkner Tues-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