Trojan Marching Band
Director: Dr. Arthur C. Bartner
Stonier Hall Basement
Since its beginning in 1880, “The Spirit of Troy” – USC’s Trojan Marching Band – has grown to be the largest, most visible spirit group on campus. The 300 members represent more than 70 fields of study at the university. The band provides year-round opportunities for its members to develop their musical skills through a variety of performance experiences and is an ideal vehicle for those students who seek camaraderie in a spirit organization.
The primary mission of the Trojan Marching Band is to support USC men’s and women’s athletics. The band performs at every home football game with notable biennial full-band appearances at Notre Dame and annual trips to Stanford or Cal. A smaller contingent travels to all other away games as well.
In addition, the band performs at all home games of other varsity sporting events. USC’s fight song, Alma Mater and victory march, “Conquest!,” are performed at all events.
During the fall semester, the band practices on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. and, on Saturday mornings, at Cromwell Field. During the spring semester, contingents of the Trojan Marching Band form the USC Basketball Band and the University Concert Band, which are open to all students with musical ability.
The band has earned the nickname “Hollywood’s Band” for its numerous performances on the small and silver screens. The Trojan Marching Band has appeared on Glee, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and How I Met Your Mother and performed at three Academy Awards ceremonies – most recently in 2009 – and the 51st Grammys, where it collaborated with Radiohead. The band has played at two Summer Olympics, for eight U.S. presidents, at three Super Bowls and on six continents. It has also earned two platinum albums for its work with the rock band Fleetwood Mac and performed at the Coachella music festival.
The music for USC’s fight song, “Fight On,” was composed in 1922 by USC dental student Milo Sweet as an entry in a Trojan spirit contest. In addition to inspiring generations of Trojan fans and football players, the song has been used in a score of recordings and more than a dozen movies.
A recording of “Fight On” is available online at about.usc.edu/traditions/official-fight-song.
Fight on for ol’ SC
Our men (teams) fight on to victory
Our Alma Mater dear,
looks up to you
Fight on and win
For ol’ SC
Fight on to victory
All hail to Alma Mater,
To thy glory we sing;
All hail to Southern California,
Loud let thy praises ring;
Where Western sky meets Western sea
Our college stands in majesty.
Sing our love to Alma Mater,
Hail, all hail to thee.