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Berkner High School Symphonic Band I

  • Berkner High School is one of four high schools in the Richardson Independent School District, a suburb of Dallas, Texas. With the invitation to perform at the 73rd Annual Midwest Clinic, the Berkner Band will make its fourth appearance at Midwest. The Richardson ISD has a rich tradition of excellence in the fine arts with 17 Midwest performances, the first of which took place in 1964 with the Richardson High School Band under the baton of Joseph L. Frank. Each of the four high schools—Richardson, Lake Highlands, Pearce, and Berkner—have represented RISD at the Midwest Clinic. Now, fifty-five years later, the Berkner High School Symphonic Band I, conducted by Jason Schayot, will continue this tradition. The band program at Berkner includes five concert bands, a varsity marching band, a junior varsity marching band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, varsity and junior varsity drum lines, two colorguard classes, winterguard, and AP Music Theory, all of which are a part of the curricular offerings at Berkner High School. Completing a comprehensive music program, Berkner is home to a variety of choral ensembles, a string orchestra, and two fully instrumented symphony orchestras. In 2016, the Berkner High School Symphony Orchestra performed at the 70th annual Midwest Clinic under the direction of Craig Needham and Jason Schayot.
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  • Berkner High School Symphonic Band I
  • Jason Schayot
  • Jason Schayot is Fine Arts Coordinator and Director of Bands at Berkner High School in the Richardson ISD where his responsibilities include serving as the conductor of Symphonic Band I, coordinating the marching band and co-conducting the Berkner Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, the Berkner Mighty Ram Band performed at the 2016 UIL State Marching Band Championship and the Symphony Orchestra performed at the 2016 Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Mr. Schayot is currently in his 23rd year of teaching. Before coming to Richardson in 2011, he served as Director of Bands at Georgetown High School in Georgetown, Texas. Under Mr. Schayot’s leadership, Georgetown consistently received UIL Sweepstakes awards and advanced to the Area level in TMEA Honor Band competition. In addition to his work at the high school, Mr. Schayot also worked at the middle school level in Georgetown as Head Band Director at Forbes Middle School and Associate Band Director at Benold Middle School. Before coming to Georgetown he was the Band Director at Giddings Middle School in Giddings, Texas, for three years. Mr. Schayot holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and Phi Beta Mu - Alpha Chapter.