Cal Band Alumni Reunion 2016

Calling All Cal Band Alumni!

You’re invited to the Cal Band Alumni Big Game Reunion FB Icon
on November 18, 2016. Our Tony Martinez Award honoree this year is

Pedro Alvarez, Jr., trombone ’71

Friday, November 18, 2016
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto
1919 4th St
Berkeley, CA 94710

Our traditional every-other-year reunion dinner and presentation of the Tony Martinez Award will be held the night before Big Game in Berkeley. All alumni are invited to join in the festivities and to enjoy a performance by the Straw Hat Band!

Dinner prices (choice of: Almond Crusted Trout with Lemon Caper Butter; Stuffed Shrimp with Crab; Sliced Beef Medallions with Bordelaise Sauce; Pasta Primavera (vegetarian)) are $65 per person for CBAA Sustaining members and their guest, $40 for Cal Band Alumni with graduation years 2006 or later, and $75 per person for general admission. No-host bar.

Registration is now closed!

The California Band Alumni Association (CBAA) has selected Pedro “Pete” Alvarez, Jr. (trombone ’71) as this year’s recipient of the Tony Martinez Memorial Service Award. This award — which is presented every two years — is given to a Cal Band alum for his or her sustained service to the Band, the CBAA, and the University.

Pete joined the Cal Band in September 1971 and, after a grueling week of the Fall Training Program, knew he would be a lifer. During that week, Pete was introduced to the history, traditions, and hard work that had gone into making Cal Band “The Pride of California.” Pete wanted to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors. He greatly admired the work of Tony Martinez and hoped to emulate him.

Pete began his work as Alumni Assistant end zone director while on the 1976 Bicentennial Tour. Upon return, Bob Briggs invited Pete to continue in that role for the fall season, and has done so ever since. Pete is truly honored and grateful to be associated with The Pacesetter of College Marching Bands these past 41 season, and hopes to continue to do so in the future.

Congratulate Pete at the Cal Band Alumni Reunion on Friday, November 18 at Spenger’s in Berkeley. All Cal Band alumni are heartily welcome to attend. This is a non-performing event that happens only every other year, so we hope you will join us. The Straw Hat Band stops by for an extended performance and is known to take requests and ask Student Director alumni to direct!


The Tony Martinez Memorial Service Award was created by the Cal Band Alumni Association in the mid-1990s to recognize Band Alumni who have made long-term, significant contributions to the Cal Band and/or to band alumni programs. The award is named for Tony Martinez (clarinet ’49, Drum Major ’51), whose lifelong relationship with the Cal Band is credited with helping the Band raise its stature to national significance. The award is given biannually at the Cal Band Reunion, held the Friday night before Big Game.

To quote the Cal Band History Book, The Pride of California: “Tony Martinez, elected Drum Major of the Cal Band in the fall of 1951, was probably the single most influential person in the Band’s move from a very good West Coast band to one of national stature. Following the 1950 Rose Bowl, he met members of the Ohio State and Michigan bands and discussed technique and style. The Band consulted him throughout the 1950s as it struggled to improve its level of performance. After graduation, Tony continued a life-long relationship with the Cal Band, designing and charting its shows until his death in 1990.”

Tony Martinez Award Recipients
1996 - William “Bill” Colescott (saxophone ’51, Senior Manager ’54)
1998 - Norden “Dan” Cheatham (bass drum ’54, Drum Major 1957)
2000 - Jerry Taylor (glockenspiel ’66, Senior Manager ’69)
2002 - Eric “Ric” Mart (trumpet ’66, Drum Major ’69)
2004 - Hugh Barnett (trombone ’55, Senior Manager ’58)
2006 - Robert O. Briggs (cornet ’48, Director ’72-’95)
2008 - Albert Locher (trumpet ’68, Senior Manager ’71, Announcer ’74)
2010 - Wade Williams, III (trumpet ’77, Public Relations Director ’80)
2012 - Christopher “Chris” Bailey (trombone ’70, Student Director ’73)
2014 - Juliette Bettencourt (clarinet ’76)
2016 - Pedro “Pete” Alvarez, Jr. (trombone ’71)

Anyone may nominate a band alum for the award at any time. The nominee will be discussed within the Awards Committee with input from the Executive Committee of the CBAA. Please email Jerry Taylor () with your nominee’s name and reasons why you feel they are deserving of the award.