‘Trojan Family’ is not just a saying

I thought it was stupid. I was standing on the steps of the Physical Education building, overlooking Cromwell field. It was my freshman orientation, and I was stuck there, surrounded by people I didn’t know, being forced to perform that outrageously obnoxious two-finger-V-thing as a 10-piece segment of the Trojan Marching Band blared Tribute to […]

USC marching band suspends pregame tradition for UCLA game

The USC Trojan Marching Band agreed Tuesday that its drum major will not stab the midfield logo at the request of the UCLA Athletic Department prior to Saturday’s rivalry football game against the No. 17 Bruins at the Rose Bowl. The Trojan Marching Band released a statement Tuesday, saying its director Arthur C. Bartner had […]

Trojan spirit

The USC Silks of the Trojan Marching Band teach students the routine for “Tusk” in front of Heritage Hall on Tuesday. Students without colorguard experience had the opportunity to learn moves such as dropspins, backscratchers, happy feet and slams.

Packer’s departure leaves a void

There doesn’t seem to be an explanation, not an adequate one anyway. Four broadcasters — whose names were not made available — showed up to the Coliseum on a surprisingly blustery Saturday afternoon to audition for USC’s public address announcer opening. Over the four periods during the annual spring game, the quartet rotated, each sitting […]

Bartner and The Spirit of Troy celebrate milestone

Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, director of The Spirit of Troy, will celebrate his 250th home game today as USC hosts UCLA at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Dr. Bartner has directed The Trojan Marching Band for 42 seasons and has only missed one game when in 1982 he led the All-American College Band for the […]

Making music

Elizabeth Geli (right), a marching band teaching assistant, and Kevin Bellows, a senior majoring in electrical engineering and a flute section leader, encourage visiting secondary school students to make noise. Almost 1,000 local high and middle school musicians learned to play spirit songs from the Trojan Marching Band on Saturday.

Kicking things off

Football coach Lane Kiffin fires up Trojan fans at a pep rally Tuesday night to celebrate the start of spring football practice.  The rally, hosted by the Trojan Knights, also featured the Trojan Marching Band and USC Song Girls. The football team held its first practice Tuesday afternoon at Howard Jones Field and will practice […]