Cal Band performs a pregame and halftime show at every home football game. 90 minutes before each kickoff, be sure to catch us performing with Cal Cheer, Dance, and Spirit groups on the west steps of Sproul Hall for Sproul Rally. From there, you’re welcome to join us for March Up as we head up the hill to Cal Memorial Stadium! After the game, stick around in Memorial for a celebratory post-game field show.
Fall 2021 Home Game Schedule
How To Book the Straw Hat Band
Due to the ongoing pandemic, performances are paused for the spring 2021 semester.
In order to book a performance by the University of California Straw Hat Band, please review the information below first…
As the Straw Hat Band is entirely comprised of students, keep in mind that it may be difficult for the band to perform at off campus events Monday-Thursday, especially during Winter and Spring breaks. (See the Academic Calendar for these dates.) Furthermore, the Straw Hat Band is committed to performing at all home football games during the fall, and at all Men’s and Women’s home basketball games in the spring. (See calbears.com for sports schedules.) Performances requested during any of these times will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Capabilities and Repertoire
The Straw Hat Band is capable of performing in a vast range of venues, inside or outside, as small as a San Francisco cable car or as large as a football stadium. A general performance consists of the traditional “marching in” to the event to “Fight for California”, followed by a set of Cal fight songs and a selection from our repertoire of popular music from the past half century. The shortest amount of time the Straw Hat Band can play is 5 minutes. This type of performance is called a 3 & Out and consists of marching in to “Fight for California”, “Big C”, and marching out to “Sons of California”.
Our music is composed or arranged for a minimum of 18 performers. Since performers in the Straw Hat Band volunteer to perform, a group larger than 18 is usually a possibility, but its size is dependent on the availability of individual performers. The average size of the Straw Hat Band at any given performance is about 30 members.
Other than our collection of Cal Fight Songs, the repertoire of the Straw Hat Band changes every year. We have a packet of music that consists of a diverse selection of approximately 75 pop songs from the past several decades. In addition to to this, we have an extensive library of almost 2,000 songs. Special requests for songs from our library or special arrangements for your event will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Transportation and Costs
Due to the high volume of requests we receive and the cost to our members and program of putting these performances on, we are asking for a minimum $1000 donation + the cost of transportation if required for all performances. Exceptions may be made rare circumstances. SHB requests during normal school hours are unlikely to be approved, as our members are all students who volunteer their time for these performances. Note that we do NOT accept requests for events during RRR Week or Finals Week for this same reason. For the Fall 2021 semester, those dates are December 6th-December 17th.
To ensure your request is processed in time, please submit requests at least 1 Month in advance, and allow 2 weeks for a response for us to determine the feasibility of the performance. Our Student Director, Corey Kato, will respond with the band’s availability.
If your event takes place off campus, please keep in mind that our transportation capabilities are limited. Depending on the date and nature of your event, we may be able to take our own cars, but in the case that this is not possible, we do ask that the party requesting the Straw Hat Band cover the cost of a bus to and from the event.
If you would like to donate to the band, we will gladly accept donations at our performances (make checks payable to UC Berkeley Foundation and write “Cal Band” on the memo line), online, or anytime by contacting our Public Relations Director.
After considering the above information, please fill out our Performance Request Form to begin the booking process. After submitting this form, the Student Director will contact you to confirm our availability. Thank you and Go Bears!