One week before classes start for the Fall Semester, the Band holds its annual Fall Training Program (FTP). Before Welcome Week begins, the entire Band goes on a three-day retreat to CSU East Bay in Hayward, where new students are given a crash course in marching and older students are allowed to perfect their form. Also during FTP, the Band rehearses its extensive repertoire. After this retreat, the Band continues with FTP at the Berkeley campus. Held during Welcome Week, this provides the Band with the necessary time to learn our pregame show. Students often find this time helps in orienting them with the University, and new students particularly find FTP a fun way to experience the University firsthand.
Check in for FTP 2016 will be held between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18. Percussion will be required to attend an extra day on Wednesday, August 17, beginning at 10:00 am. FTP Hayward will take place from the Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21. FTP Berkeley will take place from Monday, August 22 through Wednesday, August 24. If you are interested in attending, please fill out an interest form for more information about joining the Band.
- Comfortable athletic shorts or sweatpants
- Athletic socks and shoes
- Hat and/or sunglasses
- Bath towel
- Water bottle
- Toiletries: shampoo, soap, etc.
- Sleeping bag and pillow
- A set of clothes you don’t mind junking
- Your instrument (unless the Band is providing one)
- Energy and a “Go Bears” attitude!
- Nothing that is red! (We mean it! This includes Champion or Russell logos)