The Californian

Banding together

Above, Cal Band director Kent Johnson instructs wind ensemble before their sight reading session.  Below, an alto sax soloist from Pittsburg High’s freshman Jazz Band performs. Schools throughout Northern California attended the festival.

Christine Oh, Co Editor-in-Chief

May 2, 2019

Cal High hosted schools from all over Northern California on April 13 for the NCBA spring festival.  The festival at Cal was one of three festivals that the Northern California Band Association (NCBA) hosts throughout the year. “It’s a great privilege to be able to host other schools on our ow...

Band director takes his final bow

Band director Kent Johnson has taught at Cal High for the past 15 years.

Siddhant Gupta, Managing Editor

May 2, 2019

 leading Cal High’s music program to regional dominance, marching band and music instructor Kent Johnson will be departing next month. Johnson said the move is the result of his spouse’s company relocating to Scottsdale, Ariz. “The company ended their lease early in San Francisco which f...

Popular senior band winding down

Popular senior band winding down

Maddy Pisio, Staff Writer

May 21, 2014

Indie music is often misunderstood. Generally speaking, it tends to be disregarded as a genre for only hipster kids and the painfully ironic. Many people envision a group of manic depressive musicians gazing longingly at their shoes as they play gloomy, melancholic music. But a group of five Cal High...

Cal band is one to dance to

Cal band is one to dance to

Erica Drake, Staff Writer

March 19, 2013

Trapped in the shadow of academics and sports, lies band. Anyone can be a part of band, as it’s completely audition-free. All that is required is that students are able to play instruments, read music and rhythms, and have a love for music. “Band gives you an amazing opportunity to express...

Christian band rocks Cal High

Christian band rocks Cal High

May 30, 2012

by Emma von der Lieth, staff writer Although many Christian bands and artists don’t always appeal to all crowds, Cal High Christian band The Bear Necessities have found a way to express their faith and still appeal to the masses. The Bear Necessities consists of lead singer and rhythm guitarist...

Lizzie keeps punk band in line

April 25, 2012

by Courtney Carlson, staff writer Screaming fans rarely realize that their favorite bands don’t just appear on stage. A lot of work goes into booking a gig, preparing the band, selling tickets, and advertising for shows. Cal High senior Lizzie Krause began her career filling these roles in...

Cal band rocks Bay Area

Cal band rocks Bay Area

March 15, 2012

by Emma von der Lieth, staff writer With grunge music slowly fading into the background amidst the increasing popularity of pop and rap stars such as Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Drake, Cal High band Adelyne strives to resurrect this once popular genre of music. Bands such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soun...

2011 Homecoming Rally

November 1, 2011


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