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!
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!
Additionally, Rally Comm helped organize the pretty impressive stadium-wide Super Bowl card stunts!
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!