A Student-Run Band
A Uniquely Student-Run Organization
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 advertise our organization throughout the community. We have one paid director who serves on our Executive Committee. The rest of this committee’s members are bandsmen elected by their peers. Similarly, the members of the committees on marching, music, administration, public relations, and internal communications are all comprised of selected bandsmen. This creates a unique opportunity for our members to familiarize themselves with the workings of the University and to gain valuable work experience and resume material. Unlike many other college marching bands in which staff dictates band policy and performances, the Cal Band decides policy and performance schedules through committee vote and popular opinion, thus allowing Bandsmen to become involved in shaping the way the Band is run.
Our 2013 Executive Committee
Carolyn Richter, Senior Manager
Our Senior Manager is responsible for all logistical and financial aspects of the Band, and is also our official link to the University. She is the person in charge of running the behind-the-scenes work within the Band.
Joe Mak, Drum Major
The Drum Major and his Stunt Committee are responsible for charting full Band performances including Pregame, Halftime, and Postgame field performances. Along with the Director, the Drum Major coordinates, plans, and runs all marching rehearsals. This area of leadership is concerned with maintaining and improving the marching excellence of the Band.
Alyssa Kehlenbach, Student Director
The Student Director leads the Band in more ways than one. Along with her Musical Activities Committee (MAC) and the Director, she helps ensure musical quality and integrity during performances. Her duties include working with arrangers and copyists to secure music and, with the Director and Directors’ Assistants (DAs) to ensure superior performance of the music.
Brittany La Flam, Public Relations Director
The PRD coordinates and supervises all aspects of the Band as seen from outside. The public relations area of the Band allows members to develop their skills in photography, publicity, recruiting, publications, and computing by spreading the name of the Band outside of the Cal community.
Kevin Russell, Executive Secretary
The Executive Secretary is in charge of internal communications, attendance, the annual sweats order, and other projects aimed toward improving the overall experience of being in the Band. His goal is to ensure that information from the Executive Committee is being relayed to the Band’s membership and vice-versa, via minutes, calendars, and e-mails.
Bob Calonico, The Director
Bob Calonico is another of the oldest traditions in the Cal Band. His specific concern is the Band’s musical quality. Music rehearsals are planned and conducted by the Director in coordination with the Student Director and the DA’s. For more information about Mr. Calonico (Bob to us) please find his letter in the For Parents section of this website.
Involvement from the Start
Being a new student on a new campus can be a daunting experience. Since most new students were active participants in student organizations in high school, going to a new place and trying to find the same level of involvement can be overwhelming. The Cal Band offers opportunities for student involvement from the moment a new member joins.
As a uniquely student-run organization, all members of the Band (including “newmen”) hold power in the policies and functions of the Band. Student officers actively seek input and points of view from their peers. As Bandsmen continue their membership, their opportunities for involvement with the Band grow. Leadership positions may begin as soon as the spring semester, just enough time to allow our newmen to get comfortable with the Band. After the fall marching season the Band actively encourages new members to pursue leadership positions in the Band. Spring is the time for training newmen in the functions that second-year members traditionally hold such as musical section leaders, known as “DAs,” and marching instructors, known as “TAs”.