Monday, December 15, 2008

New Ex-Comm, Basketball games, Briggs Concert, Emerald Bowl events

Hello everyone!

We have a few announcements for you - and I hope everyone is having a Happy Holidays so far.

* New Cal Band Ex-Comm - featuring 3 clarinet players! :)
* Bob Briggs Memorial Concert - we would love a bunch more players
* North Tunnel Echo - did you get yours?
* Alumni needed for basketball games - especially 12/27 at 1pm (Emerald Bowl game day)
* Emerald Bowl info & events - Saturday, 12/27, 5pm gametime


Congratulations to our new Ex-Comm!

Senior Manager--Cindy Wu, piccolo '06
Drum Major--David Nagle, trombone '06S
tudent Director--Andrew Person, clarinet '06
Public Relations Director--Malia McPherson, clarinet '06
Executive Secretary--Beth Rotolo, clarinet '06

Congratulations to the Award Winners!

Sprague Award--Jeff Wayland, tenor drums '08 (most spirited newman)
Bear Award--Trent Severson, clarinet '08 (best musical newman)
"Tut" Gerdes Award--Griffin Hosseinzadeh, trombone '08 (lower brass)
Briggs Award (upper brass)--Grace Butler, trumpet '08
Briggs Family (upper woodwind)--Amy Fu, piccolo '08
Briggs Family (lower woodwind)--Masis Parunyan, tenor '08
Briggs Family (percussion)--Blaire Segal, cymbals '08
Baton Award--Malia McPherson, clarinet '06; Albert Liu, baritone '05 (highest academics)
Herbert Towler--Jon Nagata, baritone '07 (second or third year leader)
Bill Ellsworth--Ryan Wilcox, alto '05 (most spirited senior, given by CBAA)
Bell Award--Raul Lopez, bass drum '05 (most outstanding senior)
Pacesetter Award--Hector Salcedo, tenor '05 (best senior marcher)


In my initial thanks to everyone who helped for Bob Briggs' Memorial Celebration in October, I neglected to thank Mark West for his donation of wine from the Rominger West Winery. Thank you Mark!!!

From Bill Doherty...

I am excited to announce that Solano Winds has commissioned a piece to première at the Robert O. Briggs Memorial Festival! While looking for a composer who knows what kind of music Bob would like, it was instantly obvious that the right person for the job is Randy Biagi. Our community band is contracting with Randy to write a selection to add to the concert band repertoire, and Randy has chosen to create a Fantasia based on Hail to California! It's enough to give Bob eternal chills!! You can be an important part of premièring this new music. Sign up now to play in the Festival band by visiting and following the link to the Robert O. Briggs Memorial Festival.

Player registration closes on January 15, but the sooner folks sign up, the better Randy can plan what the piece will look like. We're happy that in our early stages, we already have a fairly well balanced 32 piece group, but we'd like a lot more! In particular, Randy wants to incorporate all double reeds and a string bass into this score, but all concert band instruments are still needed. The Festival takes place at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts in Fairfield on Sunday, February 15, 2009. We will rehearse at 1:00 PM and perform at 7:30 PM. Proceeds will benefit the Robert O. Briggs Scholarship Endowment Fund. If you have any questions about the Festival, please do not hesitate to contact me at In the meantime, I hope you'll be able to join us for this special musical tribute to Bob!

Thanks, Bill Doherty
Trumpet '76
Music Director, Solano Winds


Everyone should have received a copy of their North Tunnel Echo in the mail. We apologize for the delay of this special issue, but for obvious reasons, we wanted to make sure we got it right.

I would like to give a huge thanks to our NTE staff for an excellent job well done - Editor Jason Clark, Tristan Harward, Tara Castro, PR-Comm, and many many others that spent countless hours helping. All of you are class acts!!


The Cal Band has requested our help with basketball Straw Hat Bands during their Winter Break. Uniform would be Straw Hat if you have it, Alumni Band if not. These are always a fun way to play and be with current band members, and to see some great Cal basketball. Following is a list of the games they need help with, along with the call times for each. Keep your eyes open for additional announcements and information, and watch the CBAA web site. Please RSVP to Chris Bailey for any game you would like to attend & play:

As you are probably aware, the Emerald Bowl is on Saturday, 12/27 at 5pm. The men's basketball game vs. Dartmouth has been moved to 1pm so fans can attend both if they like. The Cal Band is hoping this game can be alumni led and staffed, as they will not be able to go at all due to marching rehearsals and other performances that day. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A DIRECTOR FOR THIS GAME. Please email Chris Bailey ( if you are interested.

Here's the schedule with gametimes, call times are 45 minutes before in BRH:

12/20 Men's v. Nevada 3:30
12/22 Men's v. Colgate 8:00
12/22 Women's v. Baylor 5:00
12/27 Men's v. Dartmouth 1:00 **We need an alumni director!**
12/28 Men's v. TBA, 2:30pm or 5:00pm
12/29 Women's v. St. Mary's 7:00
1/2 Men's v. Arizona 5:30
1/4 Men's v. ASU 5:00
1/8 Women's v. WSU 7:00
1/11 Women's v. UW 12:30
1/18 Women's v. Stanfurd 3:00


Your California Golden Bears will take on the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday, Dec. 27th at 5pm at AT&T Park in San Francisco. CAA wants to invite you to a variety of activites on Friday Dec. 26th and Saturday, Dec. 27th, including the official Cal Tailgate. Check it out!

Official Cal Tailgate!
2:30 - 4:30pmPier 48 at AT&T Park
(parking available in Parking Lot A)

Don't miss the event of the weekend—the official Cal tailgate! Enjoy the Cal Marching Band, Dance Team, Oski, a pep-talk from Athletic Director Sandy Barbour, and more. Receive a discount if you register online before midnight, Wednesday Dec. 24th. A limited number of walk-ups will be available at the tailgate entrance at a higher price. You can register for either beverages only or beverages with food. Special pricing is available for young alumni, students, families, and youths.

There are 4 events on Friday to attend as well as a post-game concert at the Warfield on Saturday night - all in San Francisco. Even if you aren't going to the game, check out the events.

Go Bears! Cal Band Great!
Erin Proudfoot '92
CBAA Communications Chair

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cal @ OSU Tailgate + Wine Dinner

Hello Bear Fans!

If you are travelling to the OSU game, we sincerely hope you'll join us both for the pre-game tailgate and the Friday night wine dinner. It's a $10 per person discount when you buy both!

Online registration for both events closes at midnight, Wednesday, Nov. 12. We will accept walk-ups (at a higher price) at the pre-game tailgate, but cannot accept walk-ups for the Friday night wine dinner.

(full information and RSVP link above)

When: Saturday, Nov. 15th, 10am - 12:30pm
Where: LaSells Stewart Center (right across from the stadium)
Menu: BBQ chicken and BBQ rib sandwiches, macaroni salad, tossed salad with dressings, baked beans, cornbread with butter and honey, cookies and bars
Beverages: All-inclusive beer, wine, hard lemonade, soda, coffee, tea
More: Cal Band, Dance Team, Oski, and Sandy Barbour!

Pricing and registration is on the CAA website:

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(full information and RSVP link above)

This will be an intimate evening with Sandy Barbour at a beautiful wine cellar in downtown Corvallis. We will get a tour of the facility from the winemaker as well as an explanation of their wines.

When: Friday, Nov. 14th, 6pm - 9pm
Where: Belle Vallee Wine Cellars (in downtown Corvallis)
Menu: 3-course buffet dinner (chicken, salmon, prime rib), salad, vegetable medley, baby red potatoes, bread/butter, chocolate dessert
Beverages: All-inclusive beer, wine, lemonade, water, coffee, tea
More: Live guitar music

Pricing and registration is on the CAA website:

Go Bears! Beat the Beavers!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Follow-up on Cal Band stuff...

There was another Daily Cal article posted on Friday:

"March On"

"Cal Band great! While that statement isn't up for contention, the university's decision to not do anything else while funding for the University of California Marching Band runs low is questionable."

Click the link for more!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Cal Band Stuff...

Cal vs. UCLA Half-time Show

We just watched the noon concert and I have to say... the show sounds GREAT.

It's a TV sports theme which includes: Monday Night Football Theme, MLB on Fox Theme, NBA on NBC Theme, NFL on CBS Theme, and NFL on Fox Theme.

All of the "songs" are really recognizable, very brass heavy, and therefore very loud. The show will be facing both sides I am told.

Lack of Funding Causes Cal Band to Miss Away Games

Very interesting article and surprisingly, for the Daily Cal, I think most of the facts are straight!

Bob Briggs

If you are a member of the California Alumni Association, you should be receiving your California magazine soon. I wanted to let you know that in this issue, there is only a small blurb on the passing of Bob Briggs. There will be a bigger write-up, including a picture, in the Jan/Feb edition.The North Tunnel Echo, the Cal Band's newsletter, will have a fantastic spread on Bob in the upcoming issue coming out in a few weeks.

Cal vs. UCLA

Just some tidbits for you...

Live Coverage
TV: ABC Broadcast team: Terry Gannon, David Norrie.
Radio: KGO Radio (810 AM) in San Francisco (Joe Starkey, Troy Taylor, Todd McKim) - and affiliate stations KGIL Radio (1260 AM Los Angeles), XSURF Radio (540 AM San Diego), KNTK Radio (102.3 Weed), KCBL Radio (1340 AM Fresno), KESP Radio (970 AM Modesto), KVBL Radio (1400 AM Visalia) and KTKZ Radio (1380 AM Sacramento). The pre-game show begins 30 minutes prior to kickoff.

Games Played: 77
Series Record: Cal trails, 27-49-1
First Meeting: 11/4/33, tie 0-0
Last Meeting: 10/20/07, UCLA, 30-21
Current Streak: Tied 4-4, last 8 meetings
Tedford vs. UCLA: 3-3

Opening Kickoff California returns home to Berkeley for a two-game homestand, starting with a matchup against UCLA Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the annual Joe Roth Memorial Game. The contest will be televised on a regional basis by ABC (locally on KGO TV 7). The Golden Bears are coming off a 42-27 setback at Arizona that left their record at 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10....... 1959 Rose Bowl Reunion Members of the Cal team that played in the 1959 Rose Bowl will hold a reunion Saturday, and they will be introduced on the field during the UCLA game. Coming off a 1-9 campaign in 1957, the Bears -- coached by Pete Elliott and led by QB Joe Kapp -- rebounded from an 0-2 start to capture the 1958 Pacific Coast Conference championship, finishing the regular season with a 7-3 record 50 years ago this fall. Cal, though, lost, 38-12, to Iowa in its Jan. 1 trip to Pasadena. Kapp earned first-team All-America honors after throwing for 775 yards and rushing for 616 more, while HB Jack Hart was voted first-team all-conference.

Our schedule...
Aug. 30 - WIN -- CAL 38 Michigan State 31
Sept. 6 - WIN – CAL 66 WSU 3
Sept. 13 – loss – Maryland 35 CAL 27
Sept. 27 - WIN -- CAL 42 Colorado State 7
Oct. 4 - WIN -- CAL 24 ASU 14
Oct. 18 - loss -- Arizona 42 CAL 27
Oct. 25 - UCLA at 12:30pm on ABC
Nov. 1 - Oregon at 12:30pm on ABC
Nov. 8 - at USC at 5pm on ABC/ESPN
Nov. 15 - at Oregon State at TBA
Nov. 22 - Stanford at 12:30pm
Dec. 6 - Washington at noon or 5pm on Fox Sports or ESPN/ESPN2

Join us at away football games!

Official Cal Tailgates!

Cal @ USC, Nov 8, 2008
Date of Game: Saturday, November 8, 2008
Game Time: 5 p.m. PST on ABC
Tailgate Time: 2:30 p.m. PST
Tailgate Location: California Science Center, Los Angeles

One tailgate ticket includes admission to the party, lunch buffet, beer & wine, entertainment including the California Marching Band, Dance Team, Mic Men, and Oski, Golden Bear souvenir giveaway, and special guest appearances.

Details and RSVP:


Cal @ Oregon State, Nov 15, 2008
Date of Game: Saturday, November 15, 2008
Game Time: TBA
Tailgate Time: 2.5 hours before kickoff
Tailgate Location: LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis, OR

One tailgate ticket includes admission to the party, BBQ buffet, beer & wine, entertainment including the California Marching Band, Dance Team, Mic Men, and Oski, Golden Bear souvenir giveaway, and a special guest appearance by Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour.

Details and RSVP:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Cool Cal Band pics and video

Some good pics, although obviously the guy who wrote it wasn't in band, as he talks about the "traditions", but has no idea why they happen. :)

Most interesting comment: "the yell at the corner by the campinile (sic) came from the waaaaaay olden days when the stanford band and the cal band would meet up at that corner both marching up to the game…..hasn’t been that way for 60 yrs at least….and yet….the strange yell."

I learned something today! :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bob Briggs Memorial Celebration

Dear Cal Friends,

Our dear Cal Band director emeritus Bob Briggs passed away on Sept. 17th at the age of 81. We will celebrate his extraordinary life this coming Saturday, October 18, at 2:00pm in Pauley Ballroom, inside of the MLK Student Union, on the Cal campus. We will gather at 2:00 with the program starting at 2:30 with the Cal Band marching in to "Fight." A traditional jazz band made up of Cal Band alumni will play from 1:30-2:30pm to welcome you.

Everyone, including children of all ages, is warmly invited to attend this celebration. To ensure we will have enough food and drink, please RSVP through the Socializr link below. (Socializr is similar to E-vite.) There is a map and parking information on the Socializr link:

More info and RSVP:

This will be an upbeat celebration of Bob's life, so wear your best blue and gold, and be ready to sing! Casual dress is acceptable.

Donations: If you can provide any goods including food, drink, or decorations (such as flowers and balloons), please email Our wish is for this event to be fully supported by Bob's friends and family. Thank you to Lawrence Lohr, who will be donating some of the wine for the day from J. Lohr Vineyards.

For those of you who would like to watch the Cal vs. Arizona football game at 7PM that evening, downstairs Kip's has a good sized room in back, with flat screen TVs! Walk through the Chinese restaurant, and you'll see Kip's is still there. Any and all are welcome to congregate there informally for the game - but consider arriving early to secure a seat.

More and more photos are being uploaded every day. Take a look and upload yours:

Questions? E-mail and send us a message or visit the CBAA page at

Go Bears and Go Bob!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Around Cal...

Sather Gate to be restored:

"Starting this month, Sather Gate, the University of California, Berkeley's famous Beaux Arts south portal will be gently dismantled, seismically fortified and restored to its former might and majesty. There are no plans to close down the nearly century-old gateway during the $1.5 million restoration project, and pedestrians and authorized vehicles will continue to pass through the area that separates Sproul Plaza from the central campus."

Keep learning through the Discover Cal lecture series:

Topics: "Energy, Finance, and our Future", "Global Poverty", "Health Crisis".
Locations: California and New York

Campus Campaign

Info: The theme is "Thanks to Berkeley". You can donate to a variety of areas that "count" for the campaign, including 3 options within the Cal Band: Cal Band Fund, Cal Band Endowment, or the Briggs Family Scholarship.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Cal vs. ASU Gameday!!!

Tedford's Blog:

"The number one thing I want to get out via my blog this week is that we need ALL of our fans this Saturday for Arizona State. Our fans have been great all season, and we really need you to step up again this week against a very good Sun Devil team. When we went to Tempe last year, they had a great environment - a very hostile and tough place for us to play. We NEED to repay that favor to them. Let's have everyone put on their blue and gold and get out to the stadium early and ready to scream. We need noise; we need to do everything we can to make it tough for them to focus and communicate and to pump up our players. It was great to be back home last Saturday; having the home crowd was definitely an asset against Colorado State and that support helps our guys make plays like the blocked punt, the interception return and Syd'Quan's punt return touchdown. It's Pac-10 play now so we need to leave everything on the field and we want you, our fans, to leave everything you have at the stadium. See you all Saturday at 12:30 and don't forget, we need you loud, very loud!"

Cal / ASU Facts:

Updated schedule:

Aug. 30 - WIN -- CAL 38 Michigan State 31 S
ept. 6 - WIN – CAL 66 WSU 3
Sept. 13 – loss – Maryland 35 CAL 27
Sept. 27 - WIN -- CAL 42 Colorado State 7
Oct. 4 - Arizona State (Homecoming & Alumni Band Day) at 12:30pm on ABC
Oct. 18 - at Arizona at 7pm on Fox Sports Arizona and Comcast Sports Net West
Oct. 25 - UCLA at TBA
Nov. 1 - Oregon at TBA
Nov. 8 - at USC at 5pm on ABC/ESPN
Nov. 15 - at Oregon State at TBA
Nov. 22 - Stanford at 12:30pm
Dec. 6 - Washington at noon or 5pm on Fox Sports or ESPN/ESPN2


California senior center Alex Mack (51) is one of an elite group of thirty NCAA Division I student-athletes that has been chosen as candidates for the inaugural Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in football. To be eligible for the football award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior (in the Football Bowl Subdivision only) and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition.

From Steven Harris:

Hello and Go Bears! It’s Arizona State Week! And it’s HOMECOMING!

Game 5: Cal (3-1, 1-0 Pac-10) v. Arizona State Sun Devils (2-2, 1-0 Pac-10)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 4, 12:30 pm PST
Location: Memorial Stadium (71,799 capacity (no tarps anymore?), Momentum Turf)
TV/Radio: ABC (regional coverage)/KGO 810 AM/XM Satellite Radio (Chs. 193-95)
History: Cal trails 14-13; Cal lost 31-20 in ’07; Cal is 4-1 vs. ASU in the Tedford Era
Rankings: Cal received more votes in the polls but isn’t ranked yet; ASU is unranked too
Point Spread: Cal by 9
Opponent’s colors: Maroon and Gold

Cal’s standing amongst Pac-10 (#5 rated conference) and various opponents (from Sagarin ratings, which is one of five computer rankings that contribute to the BCS rankings):
National rank Team
3 $C (lost to Oregon State 27-21; hosts Oregon and ASU next 2 wks)
13 Cal
47 stanfurd (won at 0-4 Washington 35-27; at Notre Dame next)
65 Arizona State (lost to UNLV and to Georgia at home; bye week 9/27)

Cal’s defense was great, special teams were uneven, sophomore running back Jahvid Best (4) got
hurt, the passing game was terrible, but Cal beat Colorado State 42-7. What happened? This:
Ø DEFENSE! Cal got four sacks, 3 interceptions, 9 tackles for loss, and 6 passes broken up! Junior free safety Brett Johnson (25) intercepted a pass and returned it for a TD!
Ø Special Teams good news: averaging 1 blocked field goal or punt return for a touchdown per week. A first in Cal history! Cal returned a blocked punt 56 yards for a TD and returned a punt for a TD! Bad news: kickoffs out of bounds and short kickoffs has Coach Tedford considering whether to invite soccer players to try out!
Ø Quarterback Controversy? Coach Tedford said that he replaced sophomore quarterback Kevin Riley (13) with senior quarterback Nate Longshore (6) in the 2nd half because “Kevin was missing too many open receivers.” Riley completed 6 of 13 passes for 59 yards and a TD while Longshore completed 9 of 13 for 100 yards and two scores.
Ø INJURIES: Jahvid Best suffered a dislocated left elbow and at best, he’ll miss only this week’s game. BAD NEWS on the offensive line: two starters are out until Nov./Dec. BAD NEWS on the defensive line: freshman defensive end Kendrick Payne (96) is out for the year and senior defensive end Rulon Davis (94) (leg injury) is out for six weeks.
Ø In other words… the 42-7 score betrays a weak passing game and significant injuries. Cal can’t expect the defense and special teams to produce like this every week.

PREVIEW OF ARIZONA STATE (it’s Homecoming too!)
Cal overall concerns: both teams desperately need this game… the winner gets the inside track to exploit the “hope $c loses one more time” sweepstakes. ASU knows it has little chance at $C next week. If ASU loses this game, the Sun Devils careen from top-10 hopeful to a devastated season. If Cal can’t generate a decent passing attack, everyone will plug the line of scrimmage to stop the run and Cal has no chance against the top half of the conference. Welcome back last year’s mediocrity, Axe struggles and low-level bowl game!
Cal’s Offense: no passing game, no victory!
Ø Losing Jahvid Best this week won’t matter because ASU will do what Maryland did: stack the line of scrimmage with 8 defensive players and force Cal to throw to beat them.
Ø Coach Tedford has an interesting dilemma. Riley and the receivers (who still drop catchable balls!) aren’t clicking well. The last time Longshore played when the outcome was in doubt, he threw two interceptions in a matter of minutes. Who do ya trust?

Cal’s Defense: pressure the quarterback!
Ø Arizona State’s running game is ranked last in the Pac-10 and 110th nationally! If Cal can get a pass rush against ASU like it did against Colorado State, things will break down for the Pac-10’s top passing offense. Watch the tape of the Georgia-ASU game!
Ø Cal needs the sacks, the interceptions, and the pressure to make a difference this week! Defensive end Rulon Davis’ availability will be critical as a result!

Ø Cal has the Pac-10’s #1 turnover margin (20th nationally)… and Arizona State is #8 in the conference (89th nationally). ASU’s kickoff coverage team is ranked 103rd nationally… the Sun Devils gave up a punt block and a fumble against Georgia, which led to a big loss at home. These items are HUGE in an important game Saturday!

Other news:
Ø Athletic Director Sandy Barbour was beaming at Saturday’s ground-breaking for the Student-Athlete High Performance Center. Thanks for all you do, Sandy!
Ø And yes, plea-bargaining, ever-ready-to-compromise-with-police RunningWolf was there… furiously dialing on his non-environmentally friendly cell phone trying to get supporters to show up to the ground-breaking… and sadly nobody showed up. Face it, dude: you’re irrelevant. Go back to your dumpster.

So what’s going to happen: Why Cal could lose the game: ASU stacks the line of scrimmage to stop the run and forces Cal to pass to beat them, the defensive line fails to pressure the Pac-10’s top quarterback, Rudy Carpenter, and he exploits Cal’s pass defense. Why Cal could win the game: Cal’s defense blitzes effectively and records 3-4 sacks, forces at least one turnover, and the special teams delivers another blocked kick or punt for a touchdown. Cal’s quarterback (whoever it’s going to be) gets on track with the receivers, who catch the ball when it’s thrown to them. That opens room for the run, and Cal makes a mediocre run defense pay. A 24-4 record in the last 28 home games, a more aggressive defense, and a (hopefully!) improved passing game make the difference. A must-win to challenge for the Pac-10 title. Cal 31, Arizona State 30.

Next week: a review of Homecoming v. Arizona State and a preview of Bye Week II.

Steven Harris ’93 (; is SO HAPPY: shovels met dirt! Three-year-old football genius Jeremy Harris emphatically demonstrated that he prefers sitting on the west side of the stadium because he can see the cannon and hear the band better that way. Great job by the cannoneers and the Cal Band! Rest in Peace, Bob Briggs… hope you and some Cal fans up there had a nice toast during Saturday’s game. Finally, my 15th reunion is this weekend. DUDE! Where did that time go?

Bob's memorial service in Fairfield this Sunday, Oct. 5th

Everyone is welcome at Bob's service on Sunday, October 5 (details below). This will be a formal religious service, whereas the campus gathering will be a much more festive celebration of Bob’s life. You may choose to attend either or both depending on your preference. The church holds approximately 400 people.

The campus celebration for Bob will take place on Saturday, October 18 at 2pm, most likely in Pauley Ballroom on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are interested in this, make sure you are on the cbaa-bob email list (instructions on

Fairfield Memorial information:
Sunday, Oct 5th, 2pm
Community United Methodist Church
1875 Fairfield Avenue
Fairfield, CA 94533

It's Alumni Band Day tomorrow!

Join us for Alumni Band Day! We hope for this to be our biggest Alumni Band ever.

SCHEDULE: (finalized!)
6:15-6:45am: BRH (if you need an instrument)
7:00am: Check-in, donuts, coffee, juice, music pick-up at at Maxwell Field (just north of Memorial Stadium)
7:15am: DOWNBEAT at Maxwell! (Pleeeez be on time! Don't forget you have to pick up your music first!)
~8:00am: We move into Memorial Stadium to practice with the Cal Band and then continue on our own
10am: Leave Memorial Stadium for BRH
10:20: DOWNBEAT in BRH for music rehearsal (Shortest music rehearsal ever!)
11:00am: Cal Band Sproul Steps concert
11:15am: Sather Gate parade form-up behind Cal Band, follow through campus
12:00pm: Enter Memorial Stadium
~12:25pm: Perform Star Spangled Banner with Cal Band
12:30pm: Kickoff!
First Quarter: Lunch in the stands

UNIFORM: Alumni Band polo shirt & hat (old or new design), jeans or dark pants/shorts. Shirts & hats will be available for purchase. CBAA Member prices: $19/shirt, $11/hat; non-member prices add $5 each. A new shirt & hat are included with a first-time 2-year membership ($30) or any new lifetime membership ($325 or $80 per year for 5 years). Credit cards accepted. Sign up for CBAA membership at Alumni Band Day (not required).

ALUMNI SHOW: We will be honoring the 50th reunion of the Brussels Worlds Fair Tour by playing Colonel Bogey. A special tribute will be performed for Bob Briggs including playing "Bob's Sons", the chorale version of Sons of California which Bob arranged and was one of his favorites. We will also play Hail to California.


login: alumni
password: gobearson3

INSTRUMENTS: Available on a first come first serve basis in BRH from 6:15-6:45am. No guarantees!

RECEPTION: Immediately following the game, there is a reception in Alumni House (free snacks, soda, beer) for ALL former Cal Band members & families. You need not have marched or played with us to participate in the reception. Current Cal Band members are definitely invited!

TICKETS: Band members with instruments & kids holding the banner (see below) receive free entry. ALL non-marchers enter thru another gate & need tickets (there is usually room near the Alumni Band to sit at the front of sections HH and I). Marchers with season tickets, PLEASE bring your tickets to GIVE to Alumni Band family members to minimize any extra ticket costs for family members. Tickets can be purchased from or 1-800-GO-BEARS.

BANNER KIDS: To carry the banner onfield at halftime, kids MUST be at least 53 inches tall & attend morning marching rehearsal. Limited spots-first come first served. Uniform: white Cal shirt & blue Cal hat.

All kids of all sizes are encouraged to march behind the Alumni Band banner to march from Sather Gate to the stadium at 11:15am.

Go Bears!
erin :)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Forever under the direction of Robert O. Briggs

I have been completely overwhelmed and unable to write since Bob's passing. Words just don't seem enough to express how much Bob meant to me and to the Cal Band and Alumni Band communities which are so dear to all of us. Bob was such a special person in so many ways.

Bob was not only my Cal Band mentor, but he was also my good friend. I marched 3 seasons under "Old Bob" and was Drum Major for the Ex-Comm which brought in "New Bob" in the fall season of 1995. I had the pleasure of orchestrating Bob Briggs's last Spring Show (which was my excuse why it was 3 hours long!!!), including a photo slideshow at the end which I am trying to find (does anyone know?).

While I experienced defining moments with Bob while I was in band, I would say we became much closer friends after I left the Cal Band and entered the alumni world. We kept close as my husband Mark (trombone '92) and I would invite him to birthday shindigs, Memorial Day BBQs, and holiday parties - and he would ALWAYS be the first person to arrive, right on time, usually with sangria in tow. He attended many gatherings, forever being the oldest person there by many years, but somehow fitting in exactly right.

He nurtured my love for Cal and the Cal Band, paying for my husband and I *twice* to attend CAA's black tie "Charter Gala", knowing that we didn't have the money but that we should absolutely be there. We seemed to be on Bob's short list for extra basketball tickets, football tickets, or those illustrious Hall of Fame Room pre-game passes. I believe he was instrumental in me attaining my current job with the California Alumni Association, and he was always so proud and felt it was so "right" for me to work there. In the past 4 1/2 years, Bob would stop by my office regularly just to say hi and "talk shop" - and I will dearly miss that.

Without a doubt, Bob is absolutely the reason why I love Cal and the Cal Band so wholeheartedly to this day. I will forever thank him for instilling this spirit in me and teaching me the values of Cal tradition.

With the help of my wonderful sister Amy, we have put together a very short photo montage with music that I would like to share with you. The sound is important. If you see a horizontal blue bar, please wait for the pictures to load.

Once a Cal Bandsman, Always a Cal Bandsman.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Rest in Peace, Robert Orlando Briggs

Bob and me at the Cal Band Alumni reunion in 2006

Robert Orlando Briggs passed away this morning at UCSF Hospital after battling an infection for 2 months from gall bladder surgery. Bob was mentally sharp and focused throughout, and spent most of his days resting or visiting with friends. I know that Bob greatly appreciated everyone who came, sang, and sent pictures & well wishes - and the staff of UCSF said they had never before seen so many visitors express their love for a patient of theirs!

There is no need for flowers, and donation instructions will be handled with the memorials. If you would like to hear more information about the memorial being planned, or would like to read or tell your story about Bob, we have an email list set up. Please send an email to:

(Nothing specific needs to be in the subject line or body of the message. The important part is that you send your email FROM the email address you want subscribed, which should be the same email you want to use to SEND email to the list. For this list, I would not use any "forwarding" email address you might have.)

My husband wrote:
Bob was a fixture of University of California spirit for decades.

Erin & I were in the Cal Band together when Bob retired and had maintained a close friendship since then by performing in his community band, serving in the alumni band association together, and (of course) attending many, many events together. He was also a regular guest at our own parties (guaranteed to arrive exactly on time) as he loved being around young people and talking about campus activities, college athletics, music, and his wonderful collection of vintage cars in his retirement just as he had done for so many years in his career. At our wedding, Bob drove us from Alumni House to our reception in one of those vintage cars.

His passing was sudden and unexpected but his life seemed to be everything that he wanted it to be at all times and he was healthy and active up until his final days. Please remember him with us, raise a glass, and sing a "Toast" as he had done himself so many times for so many others.

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Every time I sit down to write something about Bob, I don't know where to start. He was such an instrumental part of the Cal Band, which is such an instrumental part of my life, that Bob's passing leaves a big hole in my life, as well as the lives of many others.

As I work on campus, Bob would always come by and see me and enjoyed taking me out to lunch at the Faculty Club. I think I was his "inside source" for Cal and Cal Band information, and there were neverending Cal things to talk about. Before I started to work at CAA, he knew how important it was that Mark and I attend Charter Gala, so he paid for us to attend. Many a time Bob would have extra tickets or special passes for a Cal game and he would think of me.

I am eternally thankful that I got to spend my first 3 fall seasons under the direction of Robert O. Briggs. I was the Drum Major of his last Spring Show and got to play in full uniform for his retirement party. All of these things are so incredibly special and memorable to me, but nothing can really say what a wonderfully sweet and giving person he was to everyone he met. He was truly one of a kind and will be sorely missed.

Our Sturdy Golden Bear, is watching from the sky - Rest in Peace, Bob. I miss you with all of my heart.

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20 August 1927 - 17 September 2008

Robert O. Briggs, Director Emeritus of the University Of California Band, has passed away at the age of 81 after complications developed following routine surgery.

Bob Briggs was director of the Cal Band from 1971 until his retirement in 1995. Bob's association with the Cal Band extend much further than his time as director, however. Bob joined the Cal Band as an entering freshman in the Fall of 1947, and continued his association for the next 61 years. Even in retirement, Bob served as a resource for the current Cal Band, sharing his expertise and experience with successive generations of Cal Band members.

Because Bob's years as an undergraduate coincided with the "Glory Years" of Cal Football under Pappy Waldorf, Bob was fortunate enough to march in three successive Rose Bowls. In late 1958, as Cal was preparing for yet another (and to date its last) Rose Bowl, Bob Briggs was invited to march with the Band in order to help fill out its ranks. He thus gained the unique distinction of being the only member of the Cal Band in its 117 year history to have marched in four Rose Bowls.

In 2004, Bob recalled, "I marched in some Rose Bowls -- in fact 4 of them -- '49,'50,'51 as a student member and '59 as an invited alum. I am the only Cal Bandsman to have done that many. It was always my goal to conduct at one of them, and we almost did after the '75 season. But UCLA went!!!"

Bob Briggs was born in Modesto, California, on 20 August 1927. He attended public schools in Modesto, graduated from Modesto High School, and briefly attended Modesto Junior College.

At Cal, Bob played cornet in the Band, and took up the study of the French horn. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in 1951. Bob served in the U.S. Army for two years after his time at U.C. Berkeley. During his service in the Army, Bob played in the Army Band at Fort Ord in Monterey, California, and at other postings. Bob graduated from the U.S. Army Music School. He continued his musical studies, receiving a Master of Arts in Music at San Francisco State University.

Bob became band director at Armijo High School in Fairfield, California in 1955, and continued in that position until 1967 when he returned to the University of California in the capacity as assistant Band Director as he pursued doctoral studies. He served under James Berdahl until 1971 when Berdahl took an extended leave of absence to work in Japan. Bob served as acting director for two years until he was formally appointed director of the Cal Band in 1973.

During Bob's time as director of the Cal Band, the Band made an extensive national tour in honor of the Bicentennial of the United States in the Summer of 1976. The Cal Bands opportunities to perform at bowl games improved during his tenure as well, as the fortunes of Cal Football improved; in 1979 the Cal Band performed at its first bowl game since the 1959 Rose Bowl, the Garden State Bowl in New Jersey. During Bob's time, the Cal Band would march in three more bowl games and make an appearance at a conference game in Tokyo.

Because of the unique organization of the Cal Band as a student-run University activity, Bob Briggs had to balance the dynamics of a vigorous and youthfully demanding student government with the requirements and politics of the larger university administration. In a position fraught with potential conflicts and burdened with competing and often contradictory demands, Bob's non-confrontational style served the Cal Band and the University well.

In his earlier days as director, Bob was more formal and reserved in his relationship with band members. He was most often addressed as "Mr. Briggs." In later years, Bob developed a more casual style and later generations of Cal Band members know him best as simply, "Bob."

Upon his retirement in 1995, at the recommendation of Chancellor Tien, President of the University Peltason appointed Bob Director Emeritus of the University Of California Band. In retirement, Bob remained active in music, helping to organize the Solano Winds, a community musical ensemble, and serving as its conductor for the past 13 years. In 2005, Bob celebrated his fiftieth year as a director with a special Solano Winds concert.

On December 1, 2006, the Cal Band Alumni Association presented Bob with its Tony Martinez award in recognition of his many contributions to and accomplishments with the Cal Band during his long association.
Bob was an avid enthusiast of automobiles, both the classics and more modern creations. He often used one or another of his antique sedans to transport Cal Band brides and grooms to their wedding ceremonies, acting as chauffeur, a role he relished.

In his six decades of association with the Cal Band, Bob touched thousands of lives. He will be long remembered by generations of Cal Band members and Cal Band fans.

-Jamie Rawson, Bass '77

Friday, September 5, 2008

Live Feed of Memorial Stadium Trees

Cal vs. MSU Highlight video - neat!!!

Check it out... so cool!

Go Bears!!!!!!!!

WSU Update - haha!

From through Steve Harris:

News today wasn't great for the D, though. Defensive tackle A'i Ahmu, the Cougars best interior lineman, turned himself in to the WSU Police Department on Wednesday after a warrant for his arrest was issued because he missed a court date on a minor-in-possession of alcohol charge, according to the Seattle Times.

The Seattle Times reports today that Ahmu will miss the second half of Saturday's game, though it wasn't clear which half he would miss. His replacement is senior walk-on Adam Hainline.

WSU Coach Wulff said projected starting wide receiver Jeshua Anderson (hernia surgery) has been ruled out for Saturday along with second-stringers Jason Stripling (an outside linebacker with a sprained toe) and Toby Turpin (a defensive tackle with torn thumb ligaments).
And guard Brian Danaher is probably going to play after sitting out several practices this week due to an injured butt, er, strained glute. See? It's tough to play in Pullman for everyone, even the home team!

How thin is Washington State's experience going into this weekend's game?
12 starters (including 2 walk-ons) have 2 or fewer games of experience for the Cougs going into this weekend's game against Cal. And given all those injuries you've read about this week, they can't have much depth.

Thanks Steeeeve!

Cal vs. WSU Facts from


Cal-Washington State Series
Jeff Tedford is 3-1 vs. the Cougars during his tenure as Cal head coach since 2002, including three straight wins ... Tedford is 7-1 against the Cougars if you add his tenure as offensive coordinator with the Oregon Ducks from 1998-2001 ... overall, the Bears lead the all-time series with Washington State, 39-25-5, since 1919.

Last Five Meetings with Washington State
11/3/07: W 20-17 (Berkeley) - Justin Forsett has 44-yard run to ice the victory
10/14/06: W 21-3 (Pullman) - Marshawn Lynch rushes for 152 yards, 2 TDs
10/22/05: W: 42-38 (Berkeley) - Joe Ayoob throws TD in final minute to lead Cal
9/28/02: L 38-48 (Berkeley) - Jason Gesser tosses 4 TDs to lead the Cougars
9/22/01: L 20-51 (Pullman) - WSU scores 17 points off of Cal turnovers

Cal-Washington State Connections
Cal senior linebacker Anthony Felder (Seattle) and freshman DT Trevor Guyton (Woodinville) are the only Washington natives on the Golden Bear roster ... defensive coordinator Bob Gregory played defensive back and linebacker at Washington State - he graduated from WSU in 1987 ... offensive line coach Jim Michalczik lettered for three years at guard with the Cougars and earned all-conference and All-America honors his senior season - he graduated from WSU in 1988. San Jose State, 48-21.


"Inside the Huddle" book on sale

Check out the new coffee table book Inside the Huddle created by two Cal Football Players! Last season two injured players (former QB Cory Smits and our injured kicker Tom Schneider) chronicled all aspects of Cal Football. Inside the Huddle offers true Cal fans a chance to see Cal football through the players' eyes. They photographed lifting, conditioning, the locker room, position meetings, meals, travel, home games, away games (the locker room after the Oregon victory), class, and much more. Also a portion of the proceeds go directly back to the program in the form of a scholarship fund for walk-on players!

Please take a look at the Jonathan Okanes Contra Costa Times article featuring the book .

To purchase the book and support the program please buy on the website

Go Bears!

Steve Harris post - WSU

Hello and Go Bears! It’s Washington State week!

Game 2: Cal (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) v. Washington State Cougars (0-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
Date/Time: Saturday, September 6, 3:30 p.m. PST
Location: Martin Stadium (37,600 capacity, grass), Pullman, WA
TV/Radio: Comcast Sports Net West (Comcast Channel 400; DirecTV Ch. 698; Dish Ch. 409)/FSN Northwest/KGO 810 AM/XM Satellite Radio (Chs. 193-95), also basic cable 99
History: Cal leads 39-25-5, won last three, won in Pullman in ’06 (first time since ’79)
Point Spread: Cal by 13-1/2
Opposing Team Colors: Crimson and Grey

Sagarin computer ratings on Cal and various opponents:
National rank Team
1 $C
19 Cal (yup, down 5 spots even though we won; dissed Mich. State, no?)
47 Maryland
51 stanfurd (enjoy the Axe while you can!)
66 Washington State

Inconsistent Cal led by 10, senior reserve quarterback Nate Longshore (6) was abysmal (2 interceptions!), a Cal game broke out, but Cal won, 38-31. What happened? This:
Ø Offense: sophomore quarterback Kevin Riley (13) started and completed 17 of 24 passes for 202 yards and 2 TDs, two running backs ran for over 100 yards (redshirt freshman Shane Vereen (34) had a scintillating 81-yard touchdown run!), and the offensive line was great. Improvements: the wide receivers dropped too many catchable passes!
Ø Defense: run defense was fabulous against the nation’s top senior running back and lots of pressure on the quarterback. Improvements: allowed 202 yards to a wide receiver and yielded 300 yards passing. No sacks. Another opponent scored over 30 points (albeit 7 were due to a Longshore’s last interception returned for a TD! UGH!).
Ø Special teams: GREAT: Blocked punt for a TD (first since 2004 – Washington) and punter was fabulous! BAD: Cal couldn’t get a punt off due to a bad snap. HORRIFYING: kickers still can’t get the ball inside the 10-yard line. Punt team committed a STUPID roughing the kicker when Cal was up 10 points. Let them kick it!

PREVIEW OF WASHINGTON STATE (lost to Oklahoma State 39-13 last week)
Cal overall concerns: Catch the ball + no more Longshore = another Cal victory. WSU lost 8 scholarships (failed to meet NCAA Academic Progress Rate standards), 25 arrested players in 18 months, a new coach, injuries, and an early season date with Cal. But it’s Pullman, Cal hasn’t won 2 straight there since 1969 and 1971, so expect another close one!

Cal’s Offense: run at will and get those receivers comfortable!
Ø WSU starting cornerback Alfonso Jackson was hurt and won’t play this week. The Cougar secondary now boasts three sophomores and a redshirt freshman. Throw early and often… and hope Cal’s receivers hold onto the ball!
Ø Chances are WSU will stack the line of scrimmage to stop Cal’s run game and force Cal to pass. Fine. Use more screen passes and throw to senior wide receiver Sean Young (88) and junior Cameron Morrah (5), Riley’s favorite targets last week. Or welcome freshman wide receiver Michael Calvin (84), who was injured last week.

Cal’s Defense: Stop the one good wide receiver and pressure the quarterback!
Ø WSU will throw a no-huddle, spread offense at Cal, far different from the plodding, running back heavy offense Michigan State used last week.
Ø Senior wide receiver Brandon Gibson is the only Pac-10 caliber player WSU has for now. Double cover him and dare the quarterback to beat Cal in other ways.
Ø Keep up the pressure on the quarterback! WSU’s offensive line has three new starters and experienced a lot of pressure last week. The QB is a fifth-year senior but a first-year starter. He can be rattled! Get after them Bears!

oh, stanfurd…. a ½-full stadium, notwithstanding that insipid money back “sort of guarantee even though it’s only guaranteed if you ask for your refund before the $c game” guarantee. stanfurd won only because Oregon State lateralled the ball into its own end zone for a safety and fumbled the ball through the end zone on a tying touchdown drive. This week’s game at Arizona State will tell if the Grade Inflateds are a pretender or a contender. For now, stanfoo are definitely more competitive… losers.

So what’s going to happen: Why Cal could lose the game: Riley channels Longshore into his psyche and throws four interceptions, Best and Vereen suffer injuries, and the defensive line falls apart. Why Cal could win the game: Riley has another strong performance, Best and Vereen run for 100 yards each, and the relentless defense gives WSU fits all day. Even with the 10-point WSU advantage for playing in the middle of the middle of nowhere, 25 arrests in the last 18 months, combined with a new coach and a new system, and an early scheduled game, means Cal moves forward (albeit with some growing pains). ESPN blogger Ted Miller thinks Cal will come out FLAT for this game… OPEN CHALLENGE TO THE TEAM: PROVE HIM WRONG! Expose the Cougs for the cellar dwellers they are in the first half! Cal 37, WSU 24.

Steven Harris ’93 (; just knew that a Cal game would break out at some point Saturday. Note to the student section: don’t serenade the other side and tell them they suck with 3 minutes to go… Cal games don’t work that way. See three zeros on the clock? The ref’s off the field with the ball? THEN celebrate… skeptically! #1 Cal Fan Jeremy Harris will be 3 years old on Wednesday! Your parents love you very much! It was great to hear the cannon go off again after so many months of silence! Rust is inevitable, but I’m sure any kinks in the execution will be fixed by Colorado State! Keep up the good work and Go Bears!

New Tedford Blog post

"I really have to thank our fans for their own performance on Saturday. It was another great atmosphere and exactly what we need for every home game. We are really showing that Memorial Stadium is Bear Territory and giving opposing teams another factor to think about when coming here. With a loud environment, it makes it very difficult for the players on the field to communicate, and I hope we have the same type of enthusiasm for our next home game against Colorado State."

Go Bears! Beat the Cougars!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Construction Can Begin at UC Berkeley Stadium Site


From a few different sources:

Daily Cal:

By Will Kane
Daily Cal Staff Writer
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Category: News > City > ourts A

California Appellate court in San Francisco said today that it will not issue an injunction banning construction at the site of proposed development near UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium. The decision by the three-judge panel allows the campus to begin the construction they have been seeking to begin since December 2006. "The petition for (an injunction), mandate and/or prohibition and the related requests for an immediate stay and a 20-day stay are denied," the ruling from the court reads. While the campus could theoretically begin construction at the site this afternoon, Dan Mogulof, the campus's executive director of public affairs, said the campus has yet to decide when construction will begin. Three groups-including the city of Berkeley-sued the university seeking to prevent the construction of a proposed athletic center near the stadium. The case was heard by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara Miller, who issued her final ruling in the case last week. Mogulof said he was ecstatic. "It's a great day," he said. "It took us over 20 months and now two courts have been heard from. We're delighted." When asked to comment, Stephan Volker, an attorney for the California Oak Foundation-one of the two plaintiffs in the appeal case-said he had not yet seen the ruling from the court.

Bear Insider:
"The petition for a writ of supersedeas, mandate and/or prohibition and the related requests for an immediate stay and a 20-day stay are denied. (McGuiness, P.J., Siggins, J., and Jenkins, J.)"


The following transaction has occurred in:California Oak Foundation et al. v. The Regents of the University of California et al.Case: A122511, 1st District, Division 3 Disposition date (YYYY-MM-DD): 2008-09-04Disposition description: Petition summarily denied by orderDisposition status as of 2008-09-04: Final Notes: On August 26, 2008 the Alameda County Superior Court filed an "Order after Hearing" (Exh. 26) and "Respondents' Amended Judgment," which was "effective and enforceable immediately." (Exh. 25 at 281:10-11.) The following day appellants filed a Notice of Appeal. (Exh. 27.) In prior briefing respondents represented that if appellants filed their Notice of Appeal and contemplated Petition for a Writ of Supersedeas and Request for an Immediate Stay within two business days they "will continue to take no further action to implement the Southeast Campus Integrated Projects until the Court of Appeal rules on any such immediate stay request." (Exh. 20 at 246:7-13.) Appellants objected to what they characterized as the respondents' attempt to substitute a voluntary stay in lieu of a court-ordered stay. (Exh. 24.) On August 28, 2008 appellants filed a Petition for Writ of Supersedeas, Mandate, Prohibition or Other Appropriate Relief and supporting documents. The petition prays for inter alia an immediate temporary stay of the University's threatened construction-related activities, an immediate 20-day extension pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1094.5, subdivision (g), and the issuance of a writ of supersedeas. On September 3, 2008 respondents filed an Opposition to Request for Immediate Stay and to Petition for Writ of Supersedeas, etc. and also moved that we take judicial notice of six volumes of exhibits previously filed in conjunction with an earlier writ petition, California Oak Foundation v. The Regents of the University of California, A122172. By operation of law an automatic 20-day stay goes into effect if "a stay is in effect at the time of filing the notice of appeal." (Code Civ. Proc. sec. 1094.5, subd. (g).) In the context of this statute, "stay" refers to a judicial stay, not respondents' promise to refrain from further activities. (Ibid. ["the court in which proceedings under this section are instituted may stay the operation of the administrative order or decision"; "no such stay shall be imposed or continued if the court is satisfied that it is against the public interest."].) Because there was no judicial stay in effect when the notice of appeal was filed, the statutory 20-day stay is not in effect. The motion that we take judicial notice, pursuant to Evidence Code sections 459 and 452, subdivision (d)(2) of the six volumes of exhibits previously lodged with this court in conjunction with Case Number A122172 is granted. The petition for a writ of supersedeas, mandate and/or prohibition and the related requests for an immediate stay and a 20-day stay are denied. (McGuiness, P.J., Siggins, J., and Jenkins, J.) For more information on this case, go to:

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Court of Appeal opinions are generally available on the web site by 5 p.m. on the disposition date. Unpublished opinions are generally available on the web site by 5 p.m. on the disposition date or by 5 p.m. on the court workday following the disposition date.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

ESPNGameDay is coming for Men's Basketball!


ESPN GameDay Coming to Haas Pavilion
National Show to Visit Campus for Feb. 28 Cal-UCLA Men's Basketball Game
Aug. 27, 2008

BERKELEY - ESPN's College GameDay and Saturday Primetime will make its Berkeley debut when the television road show comes to Haas Pavilion for the Feb. 28 Cal-UCLA men's basketball game.

The college basketball version of the popular College GameDay football series - featuring two one-hour shows at 8 a.m. and approximately 5 p.m. PT - will originate from Newell Court on campus before and after the Bears' final home game of the 2008-09 campaign.

Sponsored by State Farm, GameDay and Saturday Primetime return for a fifth season Jan. 17 and will run for eight consecutive weeks. The year will tip off in Chapel Hill, N.C., site of the ACC showdown between Miami and North Carolina. The program will make first-time stops at Cal, Notre Dame, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Scheduled sites for College GameDay and Saturday Primetime:

Jan. 17 Chapel Hill, N.C. Miami at North Carolina
Jan. 24 South Bend, Ind. Connecticut at Notre Dame
Jan. 31 Knoxville, Tenn. Florida at Tennessee
Feb. 7 Spokane, Wash. Memphis at Gonzaga
Feb. 14 Madison, Wis. Ohio State at Wisconsin
Feb. 21 Austin, Texas Oklahoma at Texas
Feb. 28 Berkeley, Calif. UCLA at California
March 7 Morgantown, W.V. Louisville at West Virginia

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cal Band vs. MSU info!

Here's the scoop on the Cal Band for Saturday:

As always, the Cal Band will perform it's Sproul Steps concert on Sproul Steps (duh) at around 3:30pm (1 1/2 hours before game time). Check it out!

The Cal Band has about 160 returning members with about 70 newmen. No one has gotten cut (yet?) as the newmen class is really strong and pre-game is charted for 221. :)


* Because of the ABC coverage, the Star Spangled Banner will probably be played after Big 'C' in the "C" formation.

* Pre-game is charted for 221 members. (Half-time is less, I forget the number.)

* The third song of pre-game is "Golden Bear."

* All season, instead of marching show-high to "America the Beautiful", the band will march show-high to "Hail to California". Apparently it works without the fermatas.


* Show: The Who Show -- Who Are You, I Can't Explain, My Generation, Baba O'Reily, Pinball Wizard, Won't Get Fooled Again.

* The Michigan State Band will not be performing at half-time (and I don't believe they are coming at all). There will be parachuters after the Cal Band performance.

Cal Band Great!

Memorial Stadium Game Day Access

If you are going to the game on Saturday, like me, you are probably wondering how the heck to get in. Here's the skinny:

Go Bears! Beat Michigan State!

Michigan State! (Steve Harris)

Hello and Go Bears! Welcome to Michigan State Week!

Game 1: Cal (Pac-10) v. Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten)
Date/Time: Saturday, August 30, 5:00 pm
Location: Memorial Stadium (67,537 capacity (with tarps), Momentum Turf)
TV/Radio: ABC (regional coverage)/KGO 810 AM/XM Satellite Radio (Ch. 193-195)
History: MSU leads, 2-1; Cal won at MSU 46-22 in ’02 (first meeting since ’58)
Rankings: Unranked, though Cal received votes in ESPN/USA Today and AP Polls
Point Spread: Cal by 4-1/2
Opposing Team Colors: Green and White

Sagarin computer ratings on Cal and various opponents:
National rank Team
1 $C
12 Oregon
14 Cal
51 Michigan State
73 stanfurd (enjoy the Axe while you can!)

SOUND-BITE SEASON PREVIEW: 3 keys: 1) quarterback, 2) defensive line, 3) injuries.
We need good QB play, defensive line pressure on their quarterback, and fewer injuries!

PREVIEW OF MICHIGAN STATE (7-6, 3-5 in the Big-10, 2-1 against Cal)

Cal’s overall concerns: Defend our domicile! (er, um, not a bad slogan for a T-Shirt!) Alternatively: prove yourselves! The team and the public wanted Kevin Riley to be the quarterback… here he is. Coaches say the defense will bring more pressure… here’s the chance!

Cal’s Offense: Attack!
Ø Michigan State lost three starters on the defensive line to graduation… sophomore running back Jahvid Best (4) finds good running lanes behind Cal’s offensive line.
Ø MSU will blitz an inexperienced quarterback with inexperienced receivers. Riley completes screen passes to Best and finds wide receivers on the run to defeat the strategy.
Ø The Spartans’ starting free safety was asked to leave the team last week for undisclosed "personal reasons." Open season on Jenrette’s replacement!

Ø MSU lost 4 of 5 offensive linemen to graduation… the weakest part of the team now.
Ø The Spartans’ top player is senior running back Javon Ringer, one of the best backs in the country. Cal’s new defense (featuring three defensive linemen and four linebackers), must exploit the weak offensive line and stop Ringer. Stop the run, stop the Spartans.

What on earth are we wearing? New togs for Cal football for 2008 (after last year’s mess, not a bad idea). The uniform incorporates aspects of the previous uniforms with new stream-lined patterns. They’re an acquired taste, unlike those highlighter uniforms…

Yeah, so, what about those awful highlighter uniforms? We haven't been to The Bowl That Shan't Be Named in 48 years. We're 5-0 in those uniforms. I hate them too, but until Cal actually loses whilst wearing them, they're the next best thing to hearing chainsaws on Gayley.

1/2-baked T-shirt? No, I'm not talking about those tye-died Cal Football shirts that Coach Tedford really didn't like back in the day. This year's official Game Day shirt is underwhelming. Every Game Counts is the motto for this year's team, but the home schedule is printed on the back. Guess that potential showdown in LA against $c is just for giggles?

stanfurd football “guarantee”: this is so stupid you can’t make it up. If you buy stanfurd season tickets and you don’t feel like you received the entertainment value of the ticket after the fourth home game (i.e., before you find out how much stanfurd really sucks at the $c game), return your $c ticket and ask for your money back. Let me help you out, losers. We don’t need four stanfurd home games to know that you suck!

So what’s going to happen Saturday? Why Cal could lose the game: Defensive line gets no pass rush, Cal gives up several turnovers, and Michigan State runs all over Cal’s supposedly improved defense. Why Cal could win the game: Riley manages a good game and doesn’t turn the ball over. Defensive pressure rattles a Spartans quarterback who threw four interceptions and fumbled the ball away during Michigan State’s bowl game. Michigan State is an average team in a weak conference with a second year coach, and is 14-26 on the road the past eight years. Cal hasn’t lost a home game to a non-$c or Oregon State opponent in the five years since the 2003 $c game (23-5 record). Riley engineers a long drive late in the fourth quarter to seal not only the win, but also the QB job for good. Cal 28, Michigan State 24.

COURT UPDATE: Judge Miller issued a tentative ruling on Thursday that she is inclined to grant Cal’s request to dissolve the injunction without a 7-day delay to allow the Oaks Folks to appeal. Cal stipulated to wait 48 hours for an appeal to be filed, and if one is, then to wait until the Court of Appeal decides the merits of a stay. Bottom line: if Cal wins at Monday’s Order to Show Cause hearing, the 7 day window + automatic 20-day stay is eliminated, judgment is entered on 8/25, the appeal is probably filed on 8/26, and then (I would think), the Court of Appeals decides on the stay within 20 calendar days (by 9/15), if not before. We’ll see!

Steven Harris ’93 just got back from his 20th High School Reunion… he feels older and more successful than he thought. He appreciates his family even more now and appreciates the Cal family that welcomed him with open arms so long ago! Speaking (writing?) about appreciation, please take a moment and appreciate and thank Sandy Barbour and the Athletic Department staff for all their hard work to support Cal’s traditions! She could have left a long time ago after the tree-sitters mess quagmired and tree sitter management wasn’t in her job description, so thanks very much Sandy! Soon to be 3-year-old Jeremy Harris says: My name is Jeremy and I am 2… Michigan State doesn’t have a clue! GO BEARS!

Jeff Tedford Blog

Check out Tedford's Blog!


"Our staff and players have all analyzed last year over and over, and I know everybody has searched to put their arms around the disappointment of 2007. But it's time to focus on 2008 so this is the last time I'm going to touch on last year's experience; our focus is this year's team. There is no definitive answer for what happened. Football is a team game and everybody that is part of this program, coaches and players, has shouldered responsibility. There are so many variables involved, they can be statistical, mental, emotional or physical, but the fact is, lessons are learned from each one of those factors. We are very excited to use these lessons to move forward and we feel great about our progress, our vision and the new season which is upon us. "

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Maryland Athletics Email Newsletter

Back in February, I subscribed to the Maryland Athletics E-Newsletter. Finally, this is the first email I have gotten!

Dear Erin,

Fans are invited to join Maryland head football coach Ralph Friedgen as we kickoff the 2008 edition of the Ralph Friedgen radio show, hosted by Johnny Holliday, live from the Outback Steakhouse in Aspen Hill on Wednesday, August 27th at 8pm! Coach Friedgen will discuss training camp, the season opener against Delaware as well as answer questions from the fans.

Students, Alumni, and all Terrapin fans are invited to join Coach Friedgen to ask questions on-location or by calling in toll free (888) 372-9535.

Visit and click on the "Ask Ralph" button to submit your questions for the coach. One question will be answered live on the show each week. is also the place to find additional scheduling information.

The live call-in show airs each Wednesday throughout the season on the Terrapin Sports Radio network and can also be heard through internet on,, &

Go Bears! :)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Cal vs. Michigan State


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Jeff Tedford Names Riley as starting quarterback: (The word on the street is that Longstore will play a bunch as well)

Cal vs. Michigan State Facts

Some of those facts:
Michigan State mascot: Sparty the Spartan. (How original!)

In Cal's football history, the Golden Bears have posted a 69-39-4 record in season-openers. Jeff Tedford has recorded a 4-2 mark in lid-lifters. Leonard "Stub" Allison, who was far-and-away the most successful Cal coach in season-opening contests. During his 10-year tenure in Berkeley, Allison posted a 9-1 mark in contests that christened the season. Currently Cal is on a stretch of winning nine of its last 12 opening games.

Cal-Michigan State Series
Michigan State holds a 2-1 season series advantage over the Golden Bears:
9/14/02 - Cal 46, at Michigan State 22
9/27/58 - at Michigan State 32, Cal 12
10/5/57 - Michigan State 19, at Cal 0

Talent Is Never Enough
Despite having six players selected in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Golden Bears slipped to 7-6 during the 2007 campaign. In the midst of a thorough review of the program, Jeff Tedford picked up a book that Athletic Director Sandy Barbour had distributed to all of Cal's head coaches and senior staff members - "Talent Is Never Enough" by John C. Maxwell.
"I started reading it and I found myself highlighting half of pages, or full pages. It was so relevant to what our situation was," Tedford told the Contra Costa Times. "I felt like we needed to spend time on a lot of the things in the book and go back and redefine who we are."

The book focuses on 13 things which affect talent and allow a team to go beyond its talent: Belief, Passion, Initiative, Focus, Preparation, Practice, Perseverance, Courage, Teachability, Character, Relationships, Responsibility and Teamwork.

We're Men, We Won 40
The Bears have won 43 games over the past five seasons. It is the most victories by California over a five-year period since the 1948-1949-1950-1951-1952 teams combined to win 44 games.
Uniform Changes
The California football team will have a new look for the 2008 season. Head coach Jeff Tedford, the players and the staff worked with Nike to develop an overall new look, which incorporates aspects of the previous uniforms with new stream-lined patterns.

2008 Cal Band Half-Time Shows

From the Cal Band Drum Major:

Hello Alumni! My name is Frankie Garland and I play the mellophone. I'm the Cal Band's Drum Major for this upcoming season and wanted to give you all an update on our planned halftime performances. We have a full, diverse schedule of shows and we look forward to performing them on the field. We hope you're around to see them this Fall!

Our 2008 Schedule is:

- August 30th, Michigan St:
The Who Show -- Finally a tribute to the true rock greats! including Who Are You, I Can't Explain, My Generation, Baba O'Reily, Pinball Wizard, Won't Get Fooled Again

- September 27th, Colorado State/High School Band Day:
The Hip Hop Show -- Something we figure the high school kids will enjoy. Its never too early to start recruiting! including Take You There (Sean Kingston), Deja Vu (Beyonce), Umbrella (Rhianna), Stronger (Kanye West), The Way I Are (Timbaland), 4 Minutes (Madonna and Justin Timberlake).

- October 4th, Arizona State/Alumni Band Day:
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons -- Frankie Valli got his start around 1958. Brussels Tour? Eh Eh? including Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, Oh What a Night

- October 25th, UCLA/Hall of Fame Day:
The Sports Show -- I like this show cause it breaks the mold of just choosing an artist and playing 5 of their songs. We're playing all the TV sports theme and hoping to incorporate some Cal Athletes and the Jumbo-Tron to show classic Cal Sports Moments.including Monday Night Football Theme, MLB on Fox Theme, NBA on NBC Theme, NFL on CBS Theme, NFL on Fox Theme

- November 1st, Oregon:
Arena Rock -- A Show dedicated to Hard Rock of the 1980s. We're hoping to chart the show such that each song faces a different direction and thus the 4 parts of the crowd. This would make it truly an "Arena" show. including Enter Sandman (Metallica), Panama (Van Halen), Dream On (Aerosmith), Sweet Child of Mine (Guns and Roses), You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC).

- November 8th, @U$C:
Arena Rock

- November 22nd, Big Game:
90s Pop Show -- A show dedicated to the pop hits of our youth. including Backstreet Boys, Hanson, Spice Girls, Britney Spears and NSync.- December 6th, Washington: Disney Show -- A tribute to classic Disney Films including Circle of Life (Lion King), A Whole New World (Aladdin), Under the Sea (Little Mermaid), Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast), Be A Man (Mulan)

- Potential Bowl Game Show:
Bruce Springsteen -- We're trying to plan ahead for a bowl game show so that we don't end up scrapping a sloppy show together at the last minute.including Born in the U.S.A, Dancing in the Dark, Glory Days, Born to Run

So there you have it folks! We hope you enjoy our musical selections and I'm sure the Stunt committee will unveil some amazing charting. We already have Pregame and the Who Show nearly finished and I'm excited to perform them both for you in just a few weeks. Thanks for your time!

Go Bears!
Frankie Garland '05 Mellophone, DM '08

Cal gear including 2008 Game Day Shirt

Cal Athletics has a new merchandise provider:

2008 Game Day shirt:

There is also great stuff at the Cal Student Store:

Ex-Cal Kicker Tom Schneider

From ex-CAL kicker Tom Schneider (Tom is kicking well in practice for North Alabama and opens his first game as a kicker with them on Aug. 28):

"The website is up and running. [Here is the] website We just had an article run in the contra costa times on the project"

The link is and here are a few key excerpts, "Former Cal football players Smits, Schneider team up on book...Cory Smits and Tom Schneider figured they'd make themselves useful. The former Cal quarterback and kicker missed all last season with injuries. While their teammates were taking reps at practice, Smits and Schneider were taking pictures. Smits had shoulder surgery before the season, and Schneider suggested that he spend the year chronicling the 2007 version of Cal football. Schneider then joined him on the sidelines after suffering a season-ending leg injury while warming up for the season-opener against Tennessee. The duo thought snapping photos would be a fun way to pass the time at practice while giving players some memories of the season. But after taking what Smits estimates was about 5,000 pictures, it turns out there were some pretty good ones.

The result: A coffee table book that just went on sale called "Inside the Huddle: A photographic journal of Cal football."

Schneider is still playing. Schneider used up all of his Division I-A eligibility but transferred to Division II North Alabama for this season....The book is currently only available at, but Smits said he will have booths set up at the "FunZone" outside Memorial Stadium and on Bancroft Avenue during the day of home games. He's also hoping to get in on the shelves at some independent bookstores and at concession stands inside the stadium. The book features an inside look at different aspects of the Cal football program — practices, facilities, meetings, recruiting and, of course, games."

California Golden Blogs

For great Cal Football posts and hilarity:

Go Bears!

Steve Harris August 21, 2008

From: Steven Harris
-- Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008
-- Subject: And the QB is... Kevin Riley!

I can't believe it either! There's hope for Cal football after all! Per the Oakland Tribune's Jonathan Okanes about 90minutes ago, Coach Tedford said that Kevin Riley will start... but Nate Longshore will probably see action as well. This is a big, big opportunity.

Remember that the Pac-10 opener is in the second week, AT Washington State. Sure, WSU is going to be very weak this year, but it's still the Pac-10 opener, and Coach Tedford doesn't want to mess around with that important game, particularly a road matchup.

So what does this mean? I think it means that if Riley has a strong opener against Michigan State, then he's got the job. If Riley struggles, then Nate could easily win the job back. I'm just happy that Coach Tedford was open-minded enough to see past some extreme loyalty and select the QB who has the best potential to win. Longshore, God bless him, plateaued. Well worth the growing pains to see what Riley has for us.

Just so you can see the announcements for yourself...

SF Comical...Riley wins starting QB job at CalThursday, August 21, 2008 -- Berkeley, Calif. (AP) -- Kevin Riley will start the season opener at quarterback for California against Michigan State with former starter Nate Longshore expected to play as a reserve. Kevin Riley has won the nod as the starting QB at Cal. Coach Jeff Tedford made the announcement about his quarterbacks after practice on Thursday. The Golden Bears open the season Aug. 30 at home against the Spartans. "We feel like both of them have had great camps, but Kevin's going to take the first snaps and we'll see how it goes from there," Tedford said. "Nate will play in the game. I don't know exactly when, but Kevin will start." Riley saw action in four games last year as a redshirtfreshman, throwing for 563 yards and five touchdowns. In Riley's first career start last season, he tried to run with the ball in the final seconds instead of throwing it away, costing the Bears the chance at a game-tying field goal in a 31-28 loss to Oregon State. Cal would have been in position to move up to No. 1 in the poll with a win, but instead lost six of its final regular season games. Riley did excel in the Armed Forces Bowl for Cal, entering with a 21-0 deficit in the second quarter and leading the Bears to a 42-36 victory over Air Force. Riley was 16-for-19 for 269 yards and three touchdowns to earn MVP honors in the game. "I'm just getting ready for Michigan State," Riley said. "It's an honor to be named the starter, especially after what Nate's done at Cal. We're in good hands having two good quarterbacks here. I just have to prepare, watch film and get ready for this game." Longshore ranks fourth all-time at Cal in passing efficiency (133.1), sixth in passing touchdowns (62)and seventh in passing yardage (5,732). He is also second all-time at Cal with 18 victories as a starting quarterback.

NorCal Band Benefit

From CAA Executive Director Tuck Coop-

Dear Cal Band Family, Friends, and Supporters:

On Friday, September 19, 2008, we hope you will join us for a fun-filled and exciting evening in support of the Cal Band. This year's NorCal Benefit will be held at the fabulous Julia Morgan designed Berkeley City Club with a theme of "Blue Nights, Golden Lights." It promises to be an extraordinarily eventful evening with all proceeds going towards the support of our beloved Cal Band.

The University of California Marching Band 2008 Northern California Benefit: Blue Nights, Golden Lights

Friday, September 19, 2008
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

For more information, please call (510) 643.2662 Event details

As always, this will be the Band's largest fundraising event of the year and it promises to be a wonderful combination of great food, great music (plenty of performances by Cal Band members), great ambiance, and great company. Please RSVP by September 6, 2008.

Thanks so much for your support and Go Bears!

Tuck Coop
Chair, NorCal Benefit 2008
Executive Director
California Alumni Association
1 Alumni House, Berkeley CA 94720-7520 Phone: (888) CAL.ALUM Fax: (510) 642.6252

2008 Cal Football Schedule

August 30: Michigan State, 5pm, ABC
Sept. 6: @ WSU, 3:30pm, CSN West
Sept. 13: @ Maryland, 9am PST, ESPN/ESPN2
Sept. 20: BYE
Sept. 27: Colorado State, 3pm PST, CSN West
Oct. 4: ASU (Homecoming & Alumni Band Day)
Oct. 11: BYE
Oct. 18: @ Arizona, 7pm PST/MST, CSN West
Oct. 25: UCLA
Nov. 1: Oregon
Nov. 8: @ USC, 5pm, ABC
Nov. 15: @ OSU
Nov. 22: Stanfurd, 12:30pm (no TV yet)
Nov. 29: BYE (Thanksgiving)
Dec. 6: Washington

Future Schedules: