Rituals, festivals, holidays

USC Trojan Knights Cheer


Southern! Califorrrrnia!

Fight On!


Interviewer: What is being performed?


Informant: A Cheer by Rafael Souza. The Hammer Drop, one person yells and the others join and spell out Southern California.


Interviewer: What is the background information about the performance? Why do you know or like this piece? Where or who did you learn it from?


Informant: It is a game day ritual for USC Trojan Knights.


Interviewer: What country and what region of that country are you from?


Informant: USC Traditions


Interviewer: Do you belong to a specific religious or social sub group that tells this story?


Informant: Trojan Knights


Interviewer: Where did you first hear the story?


Informant: When I went to my first game day


Interviewer: What do you think the origins of this story might be?


Informant: Spirited USC students probably


Interviewer: What does it mean to you?


Informant: A lot as a new knight


Context of the performance- classmate interview


Thoughts about the piece- Trojan Knights are a USC service and spirit organization founded in 1921. See  https://www.trojanknights.org/  to learn about other TK traditions including Tommy Watch, Card Stunts and the Victory Bell. As a USC freshman, I don’t know many details about the mysterious TK fraternity type club but appreciate their traditions that enhance school spirit, especially during football season.

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