The University of California
Marching Band


(Also see the Schedule and Performances page)
The Cal Band performs for a variety of functions around the University, the Bay Area, the state, and the country.

IMG_0286 (1)The entire marching band is present at every home football game and the yearly away game in L.A. The Straw Hat Band, a volunteer-based division of the Cal Band, attends many away football games, basketball games, preforms at various private parties, parades, and sporting events around the Bay Area. Recent Straw Hat Band performances include performing at Pixar Studios, a halftime show for a San Francisco ‘49ers game, leading the 2018 Warriors victory parade; opening for Weezer; marching in the San Francisco Giants’ 2010 and 2012 World Series Victory Parade; as well as performing in the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show with Beyoncé, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars.

Leadership and Academics

While marching season ends in the fall, opportunities for involvement with the Cal Band exist all year long! Some students choose to focus exclusively on academics during the spring and can continue to utilize the Band’s academic services. The Cal Band starts officer elections after the Fall marching season ends in December and concludes them in February. These officers work year-round to excel in their respective fields (from recruiting to running our music library) to make the Band continuously stronger. We encourage members to find creative solutions to challenges or create new opportunities for the Band. After spring finals, bandsmen who stay in or around Berkeley for the summer may continue to participate in Straw Hat Band performances, or may aid in the preparations for the upcoming fall marching season. The Cal Band encourages its members to remain active year-round.

A Home in the University

Our members often choose to live in the Band’s house, Tellefsen Hall, which houses 25% of the Band. Built in 1894, and conveniently located one block from the north edge of campus, Tellefsen Hall (or TH as it is commonly called) houses 44 students in double, triple, and quadruple occupancy rooms. This location makes it uniquely convenient for engineering and computer science students, as well as making it very easy to wake up for gamedays. The house, unlike the dorms, has its own student leadership board that works in conjunction with the Band leadership to provide a more personal and enjoyable experience for its bandsmen. Students of all backgrounds enjoy the community dynamic, the joint house activities, and the great food (provided by our chef, Nick) that TH offers. Band members who do not choose to live at TH are encouraged to become a house social member in order to take advantage of house activities (such as formal dances, Great America trips, and broomball) at a low flat rate each year. Due to the convenience, the low cost, and the supportive atmosphere that TH provides, many bandsmen find their stay at TH enjoyable. All of these advantages make TH one of the most important services that the Cal Band offers its members each year.