THE SPIRIT OF TROY, also known as the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TROJAN MARCHING BAND (TMB) represents USC at various collegiate sports, broadcast, popular music recording, and national public appearance functions.
Spirit of Troy is the only collegiate band to have two platinum
records. The group has performed with numerous celebrities including
John Williams ,
Michael Jackson ,
Diana Ross ,
A contingent of the band has performed at every USC football game, home and away, since 1987. It also makes an international trip at least every other year.
The Trojan Shrine , the symbol of USC and popularly known as "Tommy Trojan", was originally supposed to be named "The Spirit of Troy".
* 1 History * 2 Ties to the entertainment industry
* 3 People
* 3.1 Directors * 3.2 Notable members
* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links
The TMB's first recorded performance was in November 1918 when, at
the end of
World War I
After wearing various uniforms over the years, particularly those with a military-style, the band began using basic, unadorned Trojan-style helmets and uniforms in 1950. Three years later, the TMB adopted "Conquest", a song composed by Alfred Newman for the film Captain from Castile as a victory march. The TMB made its first trip outside of California in 1954, traveling to Portland, Oregon to play a USC-Oregon game that the Trojans would win, 24–14. During the Grammy Awards of 1966 , TMB trumpet alumnus Herb Alpert won three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year. Arthur Bartner took over the program in 1970, and began shaping the band into its current form. Women were allowed to join the band in 1972.
After several more uniform changes, the TMB began using more elaborate Trojan helmets with brushes, visors, and ear flaps in 1972. In 1973 the TMB began its tradition of sending the full band to games at USC-Notre Dame rivalry games at Notre Dame Stadium .
In 1979, the TMB was invited by Fleetwood Mac to perform and record "Tusk ", the title song for the album Tusk . The album went double-platinum and was adopted as a part of the TMB's traditional selections. Additionally, the band later played on another multi-platinum Fleetwood Mac album, The Dance (1997).
During the 1984
Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Bartner directed an
800-member All American College Marching Band, 125 of whom were
members of the TMB. The year 1987 featured several significant moments
for the band: the TMB trumpets performed the fanfare for Pope John
Paul II in his visit to Los Angeles, the band performed during Super
Bowl XXI in Pasadena, and the band began its current streak of
attending all USC home and away football games. In 1988, the TMB
performed again at
Super Bowl XXII
The band took several more international trips in the 1990s,
including to the
Berlin Wall after its fall,
In 2003, the TMB performed during the
Chinese New Year celebration in
At the end of the 2016 season, the TMB appeared in the 103rd Rose Bowl . This marked the 34th time USC has played in the "Granddaddy of Them All".
In 2014, the Spirit of Troy was declared the best marching band in college football by USA Today's "College Football Fan Index."
Spirit of Troy also appeared at
TIES TO THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
The Spirit of Troy has appeared in several movies and television shows, including:
Amazon Women on the Moon , in the "Titan Man" segment
* America\'s Funniest Home Videos , for the $100,000 grand prize in
* America\'s Got Talent
Doogie Howser, M.D. , in the episode "Dances With Wanda "
Forrest Gump , as the Alabama Band
Grease 2 , as the Rydell High School Band
* Hello, Dolly!
How I Met Your Mother
The Last Boy Scout
The Gong Show Movie
The band also appeared in the Academy Award shows of 1976 and 2000 as
well as at the 2004
Grammy Awards with
OutKast . During the 2009
Grammy Awards , it accompanied
* J. Paul Elliott (1914–?) * Harold Roberts (1926–1936) * Clarence Sawhill (1947–1952) * William A. Schaefer (1952–1958) * Gary Garner (1958–1963) * Ronald Broadwell (1963–1970) * Arthur C. Bartner (1970–present)
* ^ Ashley Christensen, Not your average marching band Archived 2007-08-28 at the Wayback Machine ., Daily Trojan, August 18, 2004. * ^ Press Pack -- Spring 2009 Archived 2009-05-26 at the Wayback Machine ., TMB SpiritNotes, Accessed May 11, 2009. * ^ A B C D E F G H I The History of the Spirit of Troy Archived 2007-12-18 at the Wayback Machine ., USC Trojan Marching Band, USC.edu. * ^ A B C Lynne Heffley, In \'Tchaikovsky Spectacular,\' L.A. Phil is with the band, latimes.com, August 27, 2007 * ^ * ^ Gold and Platinum Searchable Database, RIAA. * ^ "The Dance", Fleetwood Mac, RIAA Gold and Platinum Database. * ^ http://news.usc.edu/59818/usc-band-bangs-the-drums-in-shanghai/ * ^ https://news.usc.edu/91453/usc-marching-band-will-perform-in-macao-for-chinese-new-year-parade/ * ^ http://fanindex.usatoday.com/2014/10/20/the-10-best-bands-in-college-football/ * ^ Geoff Bucher, Grammy rehearsals with Radiohead: \'There\'s a surreality to it all\', latimes.com, February 7, 2009. * ^ Adam Rose, Trojans cementing reputation as Hollywood\'s band, latimes.com, February 26, 2009, Accessed March 4, 2009. * ^ Diane Pucin, The big opening for West Coast SportsCenter, latimes.com, April 6, 2009, Accessed April 7, 2009. * ^ Adam Rose, Trojan Marching Band pulls April Fools\' prank, Hollywood-style, latimes.com, April 8, 2009, Accessed April 8, 2009. * ^ Linda Holmes, Another celebrity exits ‘Dancing With the Stars’, msnbc.com, September 29, 2009, Accessed September 29, 2009. * ^ GuitarCenterTV, USC Drum Line and Khalid opening Guitar Center\'s Drum-Off \'09 Finals, YouTube.com, April 22, 2010, Accessed October 31, 2012. * ^ Michael Ausiello, First Look: The \'Hawaii Five-O\' Music Video ew.com, September 16, 2010, Accessed November 3, 2010.
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