Virtually all new students to the Rio Band program will be enrolled in 3rd period band. During the first weeks of school, these students will audition for placement into either Advanced Concert Band or Intermediate Band. The audition may consist of a few scales, a prepared piece, and a short sight reading excerpt.
Students will be placed into the group in which they will be most successful, without regard to past placements or grade level. Once placed, students may re-audition, though this is usually done at the semester.
Returning Students in Concert Band
All students returning to the program will have been auditioned the previous spring to determine their preliminary placement for the current year. They are assigned to the band that most appropriately fits their ability and need (i.e., Intermediate Band, Advanced Concert Band, or Honors Concert Band). During the first week of school, students will be chaired based on their performance in sight reading, an assigned excerpt, and scales. Once placed, students may re-audition, but this is usually done at the semester.