Grambling State marching band to hold practice at Kennedy High two days before Cal game


Members of the famous Grambling State University Marching Tiger Band is planning to practice at Kennedy High next week, just two days before the football team is set to take on the Cal Bears at Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, according to community advocate Rodney Alamo Brown.

The community is invited to attend the Sept. 3 practice, which begins at 4:30 p.m. at the high school at 4300 Cutting Blvd.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) is responsible for the band’s visit to Kennedy, Brown said.

Meanwhile, Delon Jackson and Guardians of Justice Black Peace Officers of Richmond are reportedly donating 23 tickets for Richmond youth to attend the Sept. 5 game, Brown said.

Donations are being sought to take those youth out for dinner after the game.

This will be the season-opener for both teams. Grambling State is a historically black university in Grambling, LA. Last year, its football team finished 7-5 overall, and 7-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Cal finished 5-7 overall and 3-6 in the Pac-12 Conference.

Correction: Initial reports stated the Grambling football team would practice at Kennedy High. In fact, the university’s well-known marching band will be practicing there.