USC Marching Band To Perform In Stadium Series LA

Doug Pensinger

The Spirit of Troy will take its talents to Chavez Ravine later this month, following what has been quite the emotional roller coaster as one of the key musical cogs behind Ed Orgeron's success as interim head coach.

In part of a first-of-its-kind event for our sunny paradise, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will take center stage in the hockey world Saturday, January 25th at Dodgers Stadium for the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series.

The game, which will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network, will feature musical appearances by John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting, actress and former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, legendary rockers KISS, and of course the USC Trojan Marching Band.

The performances will take place on two stages. One will feature a special design created by Los Angeles art legend Mister Cartoon with the help from his star pupils at Para Los Niños, a local non-profit organization providing high-quality education, family support services and community engagement programs to 7,500 children and families each year.

-BRIEF HISTORY-

The USC Trojan Marching Band (TMB) was founded in 1880 and, at 300-strong, now is the largest spirit organization on the University of Southern California campus. The Marching Band has traveled to every USC football game since 1987 and performs at more than 300 engagements each year.

They have visited 16 countries and performed at five World Expositions. In 1984, it formed the core of the All-American College Marching Band that opened and closed the Summer Olympics. The band is frequently featured in movies (including Forrest Gump and The Naked Gun) and on television (American Idol, Glee and The Tonight Show). In 2009, the band performed at the Grammy Awards with Radiohead and at the Academy Awards with Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé.

The Trojan Marching Band is also the only collegiate marching band in the U.S. to claim two platinum albums, for its work with Fleetwood Mac. Director Dr. Bartner has led the band for 44 years.

-WHEN SHOULD WE EXPECT "TUSK"-

While no indication has been made about whether "Tusk" will be played, the band will certainly be heard throughout Chavez Ravine. As the Kings and the Ducks make their way to the ice, members of the USC Trojan Marching Band, under the direction of Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, will provide musical accompaniment.

-FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE-

Check out the USCTMB rendition of KISS' "Rock and Roll All Nite" around the 5:00 mark.


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