All high school students who are enrolled in Marching Band for the first semester are considered members of the marching band. Students will be required to perform at pre-game, in the stands and at halftime for all home football games. There may be other required events that will be announced with notice as we near closer to the marching season. Approved absences must be reported AT LEAST 2 WEEKS before the event in question. After this time, an alternative assignment, to make up points lost from missing the performance, is not guaranteed to be granted.
The Berkley Band uniform is what identifies you as a Berkley Marching Band member; it therefore must be worn ONLY at authorized appearances and must ALWAYS be worn properly. The uniform and its individual parts are to be worn only by Berkley Marching Band Members. The Marching Band T-shirt does not apply to these rules.
The Berkley MB SUMMER uniform includes:
- Purchased Marching Band t-shirt
- Khaki (tan) shorts that are no more than 2 inches above the knee (This is to help us look uniform across the entire ensemble)
- BLACK socks
- BLACK Marching Shoes
The Berkley MB uniform includes:
- Band jacket
- Hat with box
- Plume with tube
- White Gloves (extras can be purchased for $5)
- White Suspenders
- Completely Black Marching Shoes (Drillmasters, Speedsters, Dinkle’s Glide, MTX) (student supplied)
- Black Socks (student supplied)
Please refer to the “Marching Band Uniform Contract” for replacement prices for lost or damaged uniforms. If your uniform is wet, you must hang it up to dry immediately after use. If your uniform needs an emergency cleaning (i.e. hot chocolate spill) or repair, please take care of it immediately (i.e. take it to a dry cleaner). If you turn in a uniform with a major stain or damage you will BE CHARGED.
Every member of the Berkley School Band is a leader. These positions serve as guides to this leadership.
Section Leaders – Section leaders are responsible for all of the members of his or her section. Section leaders are expected to be able to demonstrate and teach good musicianship as well as good marching technique. Section leaders may elect to call extra sectionals as they see fit. Section leaders must submit an application in order to be considered for the position. The position of Section Leader is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Rank Captains – Rank Captains are similar in function to section leaders. They are expected to share similar traits and responsibilities of the section leader. Rank leaders should confer with their section leaders when making larger or more meaningful decisions. The position of Rank Leader is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Drum Major –The drum major serves as the leader of the Marching Band. The drum major is responsible for assisting the director in fundamentals rehearsal, conducting the ensemble, dealing with administrative duties, and contributing the success of the entire program. Prospective drum majors must audition in December. The position of Drum Major is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Hazing and Harassment Policy
The Berkley Marching Band defines hazing as any action taken or situation created which is intentionally designed to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities and situations include: creation of excessive fatigue; physical or psychological abuse; wearing apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; late work sessions which interfere with scholastic activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with the policies of Berkley Schools. Any band members in violation of the Hazing and Harassment Policy will be immediately referred to the Berkley Administration.
Members of the Berkley Marching Band will take water breaks at least once every 90 minutes. Water breaks will be given more frequently depending upon temperature and intensity of physical activity. Water will be available at all times. Water will be made readily available to all students during outdoor rehearsals. A band member may excuse him or herself from a practice or performance at any time if they feel lightheaded, dizzy, weak, nauseated, or have muscle cramps. The student should then report directly to the director or chaperone. The band staff and chaperones will continuously monitor student health during rehearsals and may remove a student from rehearsal if they display symptoms of dehydration or heat related illnesses.
Alcohol and Drugs Policy
Students who have consumed or are in possession of Alcohol (or any other illegal substance) are subject to the Berkley High School code of conduct and its outlined penalties. In addition, students who choose to use alcohol during performances may be subject to the law and will not be allowed to perform in our next event.
Students are completely responsible for all uniform items issued to them, including jacket, pants, hat, plume, glove, and hanger. Students are responsible for upkeep on all items and agree to return all items when requested. Students should understand that dry cleaning is not included in the fee and that they are responsible for having the uniform dry cleaned before turning it in on the requested date. The student and parent(s) will be financially responsible for the replacement of damaged or lost uniform items. If the full uniform is not returned by the end of the first semester, all fees will be reported to fines and fees.
Students are not expected to turn in their gloves at the end of the year because they have paid for them.
Jacket - $100
Pants - $50
Hat - $40
Hat Box - $20
Issued Wood Hanger - $5
Plume - $15
Plume tube - $5