The Cal Band is one of few remaining student-run marching bands in the country. Our members run rehearsals, choose the songs we play, create the field shows we march, coordinate the trips we take, and promote our organization throughout the community. The success of the Cal Band depends upon the loyalty, devotion, and spirit of its members, who, unlike in other bands, do not receive academic credit or financial compensation for their involvement in the Band. Once people see the camaraderie among Cal Band members and the smiles on their faces after a performance, they soon realize that the bandsmen do not work for “nothing.”
In response to trying fiscal times, former Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer offered an additional $50,000 per year to the band for four years if we can match that figure in new donor contributions. We are currently in the second year of this exciting opportunity, which ends on June 30.
We are currently planning to send 50 of our members to the first game of the 2014 Cal Football season at Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois on Saturday, August 30. The transportation, lodging, shipping costs, and other travel expenses for this Straw Hat Band trip will add up to approximately $35,000. Every dollar that new donors contribute will be greatly appreciated and help us get on the plane to Northwestern.
We are offering the following gifts to new donors who contribute during this period:
$1,000: Conduct the band after a Cal football or basketball game*
$2,500: Your own Straw Hat Band performance*
Please help us spread the word about this campaign. Every post, tweet, email, and conversation gets us a step closer to our goal.
We hope to update this page regularly. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support and GO BEARS!
*Details, including date and setting, must be mutually agreed upon. Tickets not included.