The Berry Band is composed of students involved in every aspect of school and community.
Berry Band members are involved in every athletic team at Berry, are members of the Math Team, Science Olympiad, BEST Robotics Team. The band students are involved in their community through scouting, faith-based organizations and many other volunteer groups.
Most Berry Band students continue their musical education with the Spain Park Band. At “The Park” our band student continue their involvement in every aspect of school and community. Our band students have the opportunity to earn diplomas from the outstanding Academies and earn Fine Arts Academy certification concurrently. Every year these outstanding high school students earn millions of dollars in college scholarships.
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Just the FAQ's-Frequently Asked Questions about the Berry Band
WHO MAY JOIN THE BAND?
Any Berry student who would like to learn to play an instrument may join the band. You do not have to take a test to join band.
DO I HAVE TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT MUSIC TO JOIN?
No...any training in music prior to band will be helpful, but no special training is necessary. We will help you learn everything you need to know.
DOES THE BAND TAKE UP A GREAT DEAL OF TIME?
As with any subject at school, band students must do some work at home to learn to play the instrument. Beginning band meets as a regular class during the school day and because there are additional instructors involved in the band, every student receives individual attention throughout the year!
IF I TAKE BAND, CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS AND OTHER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES?
YES!!! The band is one of the largest organizations in school. Its members participate in many sports such as football, basketball, track, tennis, volleyball, and others. Many other members are also active in other activities including student council and national honor society. Any conflicts that do arise are worked out between coaches and directors. The Berry coaching and band staffs have a super working relationship.
HOW DO I JOIN THE BAND?
Parents will need to complete and sign the schedule request form that BMS counselors give the students at orientation.
IS IT EXPENSIVE TO PLAY IN THE BAND?
Band instruments are affordable. Purchase of a new instrument is an average of $35-55 per month. Purchase of a like-new, used instrument is an average of $25-35 per month. Large and expensive instruments (French Horn, Tuba, Euphonium, bassoon and oboe) are provided by the school for a nominal rental fee. Band is the most inexpensive music lessons child can take!
WHAT’S A GOOD WAY TO BUILD A SENSE OF BELONGING ON A BIG CAMPUS LIKE BERRY AND SPAIN PARK?
Be a member of the largest organization on campus-the BERRY BAND!!!
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT INSTRUMENT TO PLAY?
You will have the opportunity to try the instruments with the help of a band director at your elementary school later in the spring.
WHAT DOES THE BAND DIRECTOR LOOK FOR IN HELPING ME SELECT AN INSTRUMENT?
We look for a good attitude, a desire to be in the Band and a willingness to work and to have fun. We try to match the physical characteristics and talents along with the preferences of each student to the appropriate instrument to produce success. Success creates fun and enjoyment in band.
WHAT DO WE DO BESIDES LEARNING TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
The Berry Beginning Band plays three concerts during the year and competes and has the opportunity to perform at an optional Solo and Ensemble Competition. In the 7th and 8th grade the band provides “spirit” for pep-rallies and selected home games. There are also advanced contests at places like Tuscaloosa, AL, Gatlinburg, TN, Atlanta, GA and other exciting events.
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Call Mr. Wilson, your friendly neighborhood BERRY BAND DIRECTOR, at (205) 439-2028 or email him at
TOP TEN REASONS TO BE IN THE BAND
Arts education leads to cognitive skills development. (Think better!)
Arts education increases interest in academic learning. (School is more interesting!)
The study of music produces the development of academic achievement skills. (School is easier!)
High School music students have been shown to hold higher grade point averages than non-musicians in the same school. (Higher GPA!)
There is a strong relationship between high self-perception, high cognitive competence scores and general self-esteem and interest in school music programs. (Be confident in what you can do!)
Students with coursework/experience in music performance scored higher on the SAT -- 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math portions of the test. (Score better in standardized testing!)
Students who participate in All-State Band ensembles consistently score over 200 points higher on the SAT than non-music students. (Pursue excellence in music while EXCELLING academically!)
Disciplinary problems are reduced among students that participate in arts programs. (Stay out of trouble!)
Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs). (Take care of yourself!)
Learning to play a musical instrument helps students to develop faster physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. (Be the Best!)