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November 3, 1990
I would like to respond to the letter of Oct. 27 from Mr. Butler concerning the USC band. Come on. "Tribute to Troy"? "School songs"? "A band the university can be proud of"? Don't you mean "Tribute to repetition," "School song" and "a band the university should do something about"? Let's face it. "The Song" is no longer inspiring. The results of the football team will attest to this. How about a "Tribute to Mercy"? STEVE ACOSTA Monterey Park
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April 12, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Members of the USC Trojan Marching Band held up one hand each, making the “V” for victory sign Saturday morning at the opening ceremony for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Five cheerleaders clutching pompoms did the same. And it was almost like looking in a mirror for the performers as dozens of children and adults in the crowd followed suit. It was a "victorious" kickoff to the 19th festival sponsored by The Times. Children sat on parents' shoulders for a clear view of the band; other parents bounced their toddlers on their hips to classic fight songs and even a 1980s favorite, Pat Benatar's “Heartbreaker.” Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein and USC Senior Vice President of Media Relations Thomas Sayles welcomed the crowd, promising two days of exciting events from authors, poets, artists and more.
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April 12, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Members of the USC Trojan Marching Band held up one hand each, making the “V” for victory sign Saturday morning at the opening ceremony for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Five cheerleaders clutching pompoms did the same. And it was almost like looking in a mirror for the performers as dozens of children and adults in the crowd followed suit. It was a "victorious" kickoff to the 19th festival sponsored by The Times. Children sat on parents' shoulders for a clear view of the band; other parents bounced their toddlers on their hips to classic fight songs and even a 1980s favorite, Pat Benatar's “Heartbreaker.” Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein and USC Senior Vice President of Media Relations Thomas Sayles welcomed the crowd, promising two days of exciting events from authors, poets, artists and more.
SPORTS
November 16, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA and USC had retreated to neutral corners. The Bruins came out swinging. The Trojans came out with a letter. UCLA put an end to a tradition — the pregame ritual of the USC drum major stabbing the turf with a sword — then went wild at its own annual event. A bonfire rally at UCLA Thursday night brought out some of the rivalry's rancor. "We hate those dudes across town," senior fullback David Allen told the crowd. "We're taking it back this year. " Meanwhile, across town, there was displeasure with UCLA not allowing the drum major to stab the field.
SPORTS
October 27, 1990
I would like to respond to the letter of Oct. 20 from Mr. Press from Palo Alto concerning the USC Band. First, the song being played by the USC Band is called "Tribute to Troy." Second, the band supports the football team at games by playing school songs. And third, at least USC has a band the university can be very proud of. BILL BUTLER Santa Ana
SPORTS
October 20, 1990
Ears and brain can take only so much and I hope I never hear the USC band again. Having been totally annoyed in the past, I decided at Saturday's USC-Stanford game to try to count the number of times the Trojan Band played all or part of its fanfare (called "Conquest," I think). The total I got was 46 and I probably missed a few. What the USC band director forgets (or ignores) is that any mature brain begins to filter out the constant music. And finally it is totally tuned out or the trapped listener is driven wild.
SPORTS
November 13, 2012 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
UCLA already has one stop against USC, and it's still several days until Saturday's Pac-12 Conference football showdown at the Rose Bowl. The drum major for USC's band will not be allowed to stab his sword into the UCLA logo at midfield during its traditional pregame performance. The Trojans drum major has been planting his sword in that way at games home and away dating back to the 1970s. USC was told that if the sword is planted, the Trojans band will not be allowed to perform at halftime, a person in the UCLA athletic department confirmed.
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November 21, 2003 | Bill Plaschke
They have broken each other's noses. They have trashed each other's steps. They have taunted each other, turned their backs on each other, and ultimately, for their own safety, high-stepped far away from each other. Like their football peers, they played a game every November. But, unlike their peers, this game was canceled because it was too nasty. Searching for the most honest, old-fashioned part of the rivalry between USC and UCLA? Show up Saturday afternoon. At halftime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1989
I read with interest the recent article about the USC band. It is wonderful when a band and student body have spirit. I grew up in a rather small Ohio town where football was and is what this town is known for. Their band was and is phenomenal. But with all their spirit and enthusiasm for the past 45 years, they have remembered that the opposing team, band and fans are their guests, and they don't blare their fight song during every play. My sister and I were at the Ohio State-USC game last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2006 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
Out stepped the USC Trojan Marching Band onto Cromwell Field, a flood of musicians wearing their trademark sunglasses and short sleeves under the Southern California sun. Standouts in Trojan cardinal and gold, they swung trombones and trumpets in unison as the drum line rumbled with all the flash of Los Angeles' hometown team.
SPORTS
November 16, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA and USC retreated to neutral corners Thursday. The Bruins came out swinging. The Trojans came out with an open letter. UCLA put an end to one tradtion -- the USC drum major stabbing the turf with a sword -- then went wild with their own annual event. Thursday's bonfire brought out some of the rivalry's rancor. “We hate those dudes across town,” UCLA senior fullback David Allen told the crowd. “We're taking it back this year.” Meanwhile, across town, there was displeasure with UCLA not allowing the drum major to stab the field.
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November 16, 2012 | T.J. Simers
In the name of good sportsmanship, what's going on around here? I don't know the gladiator or whatever USC calls the brute with the sword, but I believe he's a college kid. And if you're a college kid like every other college kid and someone tells you not to do something, what do you do? You do it. If there is one thing we've always been able to count on from our younger generation it's defiance. The whole college experience is pretty much built on it: protests, sit-ins, marches or whatever.
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November 13, 2012 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
UCLA already has one stop against USC, and it's still several days until Saturday's Pac-12 Conference football showdown at the Rose Bowl. The drum major for USC's band will not be allowed to stab his sword into the UCLA logo at midfield during its traditional pregame performance. The Trojans drum major has been planting his sword in that way at games home and away dating back to the 1970s. USC was told that if the sword is planted, the Trojans band will not be allowed to perform at halftime, a person in the UCLA athletic department confirmed.
SPORTS
September 18, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
Three days after a chunk of his dream season crashed and splattered across his golden aura, Matt Barkley has agreed to meet with me, with one request. Instead of chatting in the lobby of Heritage Hall, he would like to move our interview to a quiet meeting room to avoid distraction from the USC band practicing outside. It's not that the fight song is too loud. It's that the fight song is too inspiring. "Every time it gets me going," he says. "I don't know how, but that song still really gets me fired up. " Even now, the kid is still all in. Even after being slammed into reality, the kid is still waving that sword.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
Bassist Geo Valle has played more sold-out shows at the Forum and Staples Center than any other artist. He's performed before celebrities and politicians, and some of L.A.'s richest. Of course, most of them probably didn't even notice. Yup, that's live music blaring from the rafters of Staples Center. The official Los Angeles Lakers pep band -- an offshoot of the USC marching band -- has been around longer than Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson. Longer even than Staples.
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August 27, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
The renowned USC Trojan Marching Band is as much a part of the Hollywood Bowl's "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" as the event's cascading fireworks and booming cannons. In their signature golden helmets, band members have been doubling the Los Angeles Philharmonic's brass in the annual event's "1812 Overture" finale for 20 years. Led by longtime director Arthur C. Bartner, the band will again join the orchestra in this year's Tchaikovsky program -- conducted by Thomas Wilkins -- at 8:30 p.m.
SPORTS
December 20, 1986
On Dec. 11, I attended my first event at the Sports Arena, a basketball game between USC and my alma mater, Niagara University. After the many recent articles I have read in local papers about the conduct and attitude of USC students, I was surprised to find that the few Trojan fans that were present were enthusiastic and vocal without being unsportsmanlike. George Raveling has his team playing a tough, aggressive defense and you can't help but believe that in a few years he will have USC in the upper echelon of the Pac-10.
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August 27, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
The renowned USC Trojan Marching Band is as much a part of the Hollywood Bowl's "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" as the event's cascading fireworks and booming cannons. In their signature golden helmets, band members have been doubling the Los Angeles Philharmonic's brass in the annual event's "1812 Overture" finale for 20 years. Led by longtime director Arthur C. Bartner, the band will again join the orchestra in this year's Tchaikovsky program -- conducted by Thomas Wilkins -- at 8:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2006 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
Out stepped the USC Trojan Marching Band onto Cromwell Field, a flood of musicians wearing their trademark sunglasses and short sleeves under the Southern California sun. Standouts in Trojan cardinal and gold, they swung trombones and trumpets in unison as the drum line rumbled with all the flash of Los Angeles' hometown team.
SPORTS
February 25, 2004 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
The Bruins listened from the locker room as the band struck up its recognizable fight song in Pauley Pavilion. Ben Howland nearly jumped through the roof. It was the USC band, playing moments before the Trojans tipped off against host UCLA on Jan. 28. The surprises keep coming for the first-year Bruin coach. Opposing bands in the Pacific 10 Conference are allowed into visiting arenas during rivalry games.
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