The University of California
Marching Band

Performance Schedule

Cal Band performs a pregame and halftime show for every home football game. Additionally, Cal Band will perform at March to Victory, approximately two and a half hours before kickoff, and at the Sproul Steps pregame rally one and a half hours before kickoff. All home games are listed below.

Saturday, September 17 – Cal vs. University of Texas, Austin
Saturday, October 1 – Cal vs. Utah
Saturday, October 21 – Cal vs. Oregon
Saturday, November 5 – Cal vs. Washington
Saturday, November 19 – Cal vs. Stanford
Saturday, November 26 – Cal vs. UCLA

How To Book the Straw Hat Band

In order to book a performance by the University of California Straw Hat Band please look at the information below before contacting the Executive Committee at ex-comm@calband.berkeley.edu

Availability

As the entire Straw Hat Band is comprised of students, keep in mind that it may be difficult for the band to perform at (1) 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 (2) all Men’s and Women’s home basketball games in the spring and (3) all home football games during the fall season. (See calbears.com for sports schedules.) Performances requested during any of these three 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 people.

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

There is no fee for booking a performance by the Straw Hat Band! However, 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 private 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 either at our performance, 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!