Ensembles of Berkley High School
The Symphonic Band is the premier concert ensemble at Berkley High School. The members of this ensemble strive to create on a higher level of musicianship and technicality, performing some of the best literature available to wind bands today. The Symphonic Band regularly receives Superior ratings at festival, earning strong accolades for their achievements. In the past, this ensemble has traveled to various destinations throughout the United States.
The Wind Symphony is Berkley's middle ensemble. This group also regularly receives high ratings at MSBOA Band Festival, and many of the members of the Wind Symphony also partake in the Marching Band and Jazz Ensembles. The group also performs many quality pieces of literature for the band medium.
The Concert Band is for students wishing to further develop their technical abilities on any given instrument. This class allows for students to focus on the individual aspects of their playing as well as what it means to perform in an ensemble setting. This group performs many developmental pieces to help the musicians grow.
The Berkley Bears Marching Band is the largest and most visible of the ensembles at Berkley High School. The Marching Band's season starts with band camp, where the members learn the basics of marching, as well as the halftime and pregame programs presented at each home football pregame and halftime. The Berkley Marching Band also regularly receives Superior ratings at MSBOA Marching Band Festival, held each Fall.
Berkley prides itself on its strong jazz program, consistently performing and presenting itself as one the top jazz ensembles in the state. In the past, the Jazz Ensemble has been featured performers in many settings, including New Orleans, New York, and Chicago. The ensemble is comprised of top members of the Concert Ensembles, and meets before school for rehearsal. While the Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble, any musician wishing to perform jazz may partake in the Lab Band, also held before school.
The Berkley Jazz Lab is for any student wishing to study jazz, on any instrument. This developmental ensemble is designed for students who wish to further develop their skills in the jazz medium, including playing stylistically and improvising.
Adam Collins is in his first year as Director of Bands at Berkley High School. As a 2014 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, with a bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education, Mr. Collins completed his student teaching with Ed Lucius at Thurston High School, in Redford, Michigan. Before his appointment as Director of Bands at Berkley High School, Mr. Collins spent three years as Director of Bands at Ypsilanti Community High School.
Adam has performed in several concert and marching ensembles, including the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, the KKY/TBS National Intercollegiate Band, The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra, Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, and is currently a member of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra, Southeastern Michigan Wind Ensemble, and the Vocal Manipulation Barbershop Quartet.
Doug Engle grew up in Royal Oak. In school, Doug played cello until a friend asked him to come play dodgeball at the Salvation Army. When dodgeball was over, everyone went upstairs where each kid was given a brass instrument to learn how to play. Through performing at nursing homes, concerts, parades, and attending camps, Doug learned how being part of a band can be a life-changing experience. Doug has travelled the midwest, Canada, Australia and Southern Africa playing trombone and teaching others how to make music.
Doug attended Central Michigan University and was a Graduate Assistant Oakland University majoring in Music Education.
He and his wife Katy have 3 kids: Clara 4, Evie 2 and Clark (born August 22, 2017)
Mr. Folmar is in his 3rd year of teaching in the Berkley School District. He currently directs the MYP Bands at Norup International School and the 8th Grade Band at Anderson Middle School, as well as teaching Elementary Music for Norup's 3rd and 4th Grades. Before coming to Berkley, Mr. Folmar taught for 4 years in Manton, Michigan, where he was awarded the 2015 HS Teacher of the Year from the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 12.
Mr. Folmar is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he studied saxophone with Professor John Nichol. He is an alumni of the Lambda Tau Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi (National Honorary Band Fraternity) and the Iota Rho Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honors Society). Currently Mr. Folmar plays Baritone Saxophone in the South Eastern Michigan Wind Ensemble and Cass Quartet.