Monday, September 10, 2012

Cal Berkeley High School Band Day

Riley had his first performance with the AHS Marching Band. Saturday was High School Band day at UC Berkeley. We had to get up at dark o'clock, to be at the school by 5:00 am. The entire band and assorted parents, took Bart into Berkeley. The bands rehearsed with the Cal Band, then found their seats in the stadium, for the football game. We also got a tour of the Berkeley campus. We all watched the football game (Cal vs. Southern Utah), and at halftime, the high school bands got to perform!! 
This is Cal's band. There are over 100 people in their band! They played Call Me Maybe, for one of their songs. The band is very talented, and they look like they have a blast. Can you see what they spelled out? Cal. 

Riley, getting ready to go down to the field, for the halftime performance.

The bands had to run to their places on the field.

The back side of the AHS Band, as they performed.

There were 22 high school bands present. They all played together: Livin' on a Prayer (by Bon Jovi), Rollin' in the Deep (Adele), and the Cal fight song, with the Cal Band. They sounded like they had been playing together for years.

When they finished their three songs, they had to run off field. I don't know why I find this so funny, but I do. It's just funny to me.

After the game, we all stuck around so that the band could march through campus. They sounded really great! There's another High School Band Day this weekend. SJSU is the host. The next weekend (9/22) , they will perform in their first parade, for Newark Days. If you are local, you should go and watch them. It's really very cool.

It was a very long day on Saturday, but it was lots of fun. Cal ended up winning too, so I guess that's a bonus (even for a Stanford fan, and since they weren't playing Stanford).  To see the rest of my pictures, CLICK HERE.


Frank Crossman said...

Nice reporting (photos and narrative), Julie!

Frank Crossman said...

Nice reporting (photos and narrative)!