CBAA Council Minutes
March 7, 1998
Band Rehearsal Hall, Berkeley Campus
Members Present: Larry Augusta, Chris Bailey, Hugh Barnett,
James Benton, Juliette Bettencourt, Sara Ferejohn, Eric & Kathy Heilmann,
Lisa Holmes, Richie Jenkins, Jane Lepisto, John Psathas, and Rune Stromsness.
Guests Present: Mary Sobieralski, Alumna, Director Berkeley
High School Pep Band
Approval of the Minutes: There was only one change to the December
meeting minutes; the new PRD is Justin Lorts, not Justin King. Once
the change was noted, the minutes were approved. MS&UP
Nominations Committee: There is no new Vice President as of
yet. Juliette will announce him/her at the next meeting. We've added
Sara Ferejohn and Erin Vidali as new council members (replacing Barbara
Goodson and Linda Vogelsberg.) We will add one more council member at
the next meeting to fill Lance Chong's vacant seat. Mike Yambrovich
and one other person will be added if the council expansion is approved
by the membership. The recommendation to expand the council will go
out with the ballot for the 1998 slate approval. The ballot/expansion
is waiting for a response from a nominee to fill the other new seat.
Performance Committee: The Alumni are scheduled to play April
18 at Davis Picnic Day. We will play for the parade only (unless some
people want to hangout with the Band for the Battle of the Bands.) The
Cal Band (Concert Band) will be doing work for Cal Day and Picnic Day
(Battle of the Bands not the parade.) The StuD will be in contact with
Chris/Juliette/Mike Yambrovich to coordinate the logistics.
No date has been selected for ABD as of yet. Hopefully it will be
early in the year since there are many home games. (Since the meeting,
ABD has been set for November 14, 1998.) There are a few performance
requests now, not much.
Currently, we perform at ABD, Davis Picnic Day, Sausalito's 4th of
July Parade and the Big Game luncheon in San Jose as well as a few basketball
games. The survey regarding performances has not yet happened. Chris
is trying to get it together to send it out but he got very little response
to the draft he routed to the council. Maybe no response is a vote of
approval of the draft. Maybe the form of the survey doesn't matter.
Maybe we just need to give our membership a chance to voice their opinions
and know we are actively thinking about this. Mary, Erin, Sara and Lisa
will help Chris get this going.
Over Christmas break the Band asked us to help with a few basketball
games. A request went out to all Bay Area Alumni, but there was very
little turn out. One game had no band at all. This is part of the reason
for the survey of what the Alumni really want to do not just what they
say they want to do. Also, this brings up the issue that the Band is
over-committed. Not an issue for us to work on, but one of which we
should be aware and help when we can. Most members of the Band don't
even know what it is like NOT to be over-committed since budget tightening
has caused the Band to take any money generating SHB they could get
over the past 5-10 years. In addition, having basketball games at the
Coliseum takes a much greater time commitment.
This summer the performance committee agreed to meet with the StuD
to anticipate this coming year's needs, note them in the NTE, mention
them at ABD and talk up the performances where the Band needs us early
on. This may help. It was also suggested that an E-mail go out two days
before any game/job as a reminder to get people involved.
North Tunnel Echo: It was suggested once again that we publish
a brief update in between our beautiful/large issues. People are grateful
for the wonderful newsletter but want news more often.
Eric and Kathy are planning to publish the first week in April so
the issue will go out the second week in April. They will be promoting
E-mail for alumni communication, requesting nominations for the Martinez
Award and will note the date of ABD.
Financial Report: Kathy noted that our finances look fantastic
on paper but we have still not been billed for at least two years of
NTE (by UC Printing).Kathy will check back with Margie about any bills
that have been received and will research how many we have not been
billed. Even still, we are doing very well.
Awards & Recognition Committee: The Martinez Award is being
discussed by the committee. After the June meeting Vito, Jane and Larry
(and Bob Calonico and Kathy) will gather nominations and make their
suggestion to the CBAA ExComm. The recipient will be announced at our
Larry made a proposal for the keepsake item for the 1996 Martinez
Award. The item would be a wooden plaque with a 5x7 studio photograph
of the award and a brass plate with the recipient's name and year. There
would be a $150 startup cost for the photo plate and a $60-70 biannual
cost for the individual plaques. A motion was made to allocate $250
this year to establish the award and prepare this year's plaque. MS&UP
The Band has said no thanks to the trophy cabinet idea. The band members
who receive the awards like to keep them and always return them at the
end of the year. A question was posed to James for the ExComm - Would
they like a perpetual plaque for each award that would stay out on view
while the award recipients kept the actual trophies? This would allow
the entire band to have a sense of the history of these awards while
they lived with their various keepers. James said he would ask ExComm.
Richie would like to recognize Gurk Meeker for his huge time donation
(over 1,000 hours) both as a student ('92-'96) and an alumnus. He created
version3.0 of CalChart that Stunt really wanted. He works at Industrial
Light and Magic and continues to donate a great deal of time to the
Band. A wonderful example of dedication and generosity.
Reunion Committee: Lisa Holmes will chair the committee and
is looking for volunteers to help with planning and to help the evening
of the event. She has drafted a survey for the membership which will
go out in the April NTE to allow Alumni to vote on the format the reunion
will take this year. She will call the Claremont and Alumni House to
reserve these hard to get rooms (most expensive and cheapest) in case
one of these options is selected. When all of the votes are in, she
can cancel or confirm these rooms. Erin volunteered (in absentia) to
help on the committee.
The Brussels Band reunion for their 40th anniversary will be at the
end of October (UCLA home game weekend). Hugh and Larry are working
Videotape Project: John Psathas reported that Margie continues
to sell videos. The History/Film committee is looking into getting 1992
and later years (which are missing) while we are waiting for the CD
technology to become affordable for the archive project.
Cal Band Report: The (Cal Band Concert Band) Wind Ensemble
performance March 6th was very nice and Jazz Band is going well. As
noted above, the Wind Ensemble will be performing at Cal Day. Spring
Show will be April 25th in Zellerbach. Stunt and Mac had planned out
all of the acts as of this meeting- very impressive! The Band is doing
a joint performance with Berkeley High School. Basketball finishes up
today at the Coliseum. The new committees are in place and the reception
for large donors before the Arizona basketball game went very well.
The chancellor came and he continues to maintain a supportive working
relationship with the Band.
Tellefsen Hall Report: The creek is now clean, the practice
room is being built and the cook is great! We are requesting that our
next meeting be held at TH so we can see all of the good work that has
been done there. Sara will check with Wade.
Other News: It was suggested that we put together a career
mentor program for the Band. Other alumni groups do this for their affiliated
students. Perhaps we could put together a list/network as a resource
for the Band. Juliette will write an article for the NTE asking our
Alumni for their interest and suggestions.
James will check back with the new ExComm to see if they have any
interest in the Franklin Planners Richie suggested we offer ExComm as
part of our Leadership/Development program.
Bob Calonico held a meeting with several Alumni (from various eras)
and the Band's leaders to discuss concerns and ideas. After last meeting's
dump of Alumni ideas on April, this was a much more constructive forum
to express our thoughts and hear those of the Band.
The next meeting will be held at 10 am on June 13, 1998 at
Respectfully submitted, Lisa Holmes, 27 May 1998.