Beyonce, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars were doing their thing at the Super Bowl halftime stage, but for Cal fans that was not the center stage. Only one college program was involved in the 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Show: The University of California Marching Band!
Wondering who the band performing with @coldplay, @Beyonce, and @BrunoMars was? It was us! #PepsiHalftime #SB50 pic.twitter.com/PoLKNQ5gKo— Cal Band (@CalBand) February 8, 2016
Even in crazy colors, we'd recognize those lines anywhere. @CalBand!!! Great Superbowl halftime! #CalBandGreat #sb50 pic.twitter.com/DW3kIZnA8e— Cal Band Alumni (@CalBandAlumni) February 8, 2016
Jason Tran of the Daily Cal has more on the process. The Cal Band spent much of their time on the field performing with Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars, and prerecorded instrumental music and vocals for Coldplay's part of the show. The sweetest part is that it was an essential snub of the Stanford Band as well.
Translation: We chose Cal Band for the Super Bowl Halftime show because we watched the Stanford Band. pic.twitter.com/sUMSznrad5— Avinash Kunnath (@avinashkunnath) February 8, 2016
195 out of 220 Cal Band members participated in the show! The Band has been rehearsing from 1 to 10 p.m. for the last two weeks with all of the primary performers. Also a tour is coming in May to Asia for the Cal Band as well!
Did you see that? #SB50 is Bear Territory! #CalBandGreat pic.twitter.com/YKQE66IgYI— UC Berkeley (@UCBerkeley) February 8, 2016
Additionally, Rally Comm helped organize the pretty impressive stadium-wide Super Bowl card stunts!
Helping out with stunts are folks frm school that invented cards stunts, #Cal. S/o @rallycomm #SBHalftime https://t.co/ixRT1kcf14— Cal (@Cal) February 8, 2016
Yeah I hate that they're wearing whatever the heck those uniforms are. But you gotta do what you have to do to be involved in a Super Bowl Halftime Show!
Meanwhile, the Stanford band is still in the process of getting banned from every stadium that isn't their own.
Cal Band Great!