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Dr. Robert Calonico, Director of Bands to retire from UC Berkeley After 28 years

A beloved and enduring presence on the UC Berkeley campus, Dr. Robert Calonico will retire from UC Berkeley at the end of the 2017/18 school year, in June 2018. Calonico has been Director of Bands at the university since 1995, was Director of UC Jazz Ensembles for five years before that. During that tenure, he brought the UC Jazz Big Band and combos to Hawaii, took more than 100 members of the Cal Band to Japan and China, and performed at Superbowl 50, alongside Coldplay, Beyoncé and the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles. The Cal Band has twice performed with the San Francisco Symphony Pops. He is well-known on campus for fostering a warm and inclusive environment within the UC Berkeley bands, and for working collaboratively with student leadership. UC Jazz Ensembles and the Cal Band, are part of Student Musical Activities at UC Berkeley, which is administered by Cal Performances. The University Wind Ensemble, also directed by Calonico, is a Music Department ensemble.

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Pictured: Dr. Robert Calonico, Director of Bands and Director of University Wind Ensemble, UC Berkeley

(credit: Courtesy of Robert Calonico)

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Pictured: The Cal Band performs at Superbowl 50 with Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles Feb 7, 2016

(credit: Courtesy of Robert Calonico)

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Pictured: Multi-talented musician Dr. Robert Calonico performs at the Berkeley Art Museum, 2014

(credit: Courtesy of Sharon Liu)

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Pictured: Dr. Robert Calonico conducts the University Wind Ensemble, UC Berkeley

(credit: Courtesy of Kathleen Karn)

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Pictured: Dr. Robert Calonico, Director of the Cal Bands

(credit: Courtesy of Cal Band Facebook page)

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