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Trojan Marching Band: Old Navy, A Drumline Tradition

Background: The Trojan Marching Band is known as Hollywood’s Band for its many, many appearances in tv, movies, and advertisements. They have appeared in shows like Glee and Scrubs, movies like Forrest Gump, and programs like the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards. Through these connections, the band has also taken part in various events for… Continue Reading »

Trojan Marching Band: Band Names

Context: Initiates in the Trojan Marching Band all receive a special nickname known as a “Band Name.” Traditions surrounding band names vary by sections. Some sections, like the drumline, name all of their initiates by the end of the first two weeks, others wait until the end of the semester, and most sections name throughout… Continue Reading »

Trojan Marching Band: Band Camp Traditions

“Con”-text: Band Camp is a week or week and a half period before the start of classes where initiates to the Trojan Marching Band will learn the ropes of the TMB’s instruments, marching, and perhaps most importantly traditions. Informant CN, a member of the TMB and previous section leader, discusses many of the traditions that… Continue Reading »

Trojan Marching Band: Traditions on the Band Bus

Context: The Trojan Marching Band carries a level of prestige with it that entices many to follow it, meaning that the band’s appearances at USC’s sporting events are imperative. Informant CN states that the band hasn’t missed a football game in 32 years (more than 400 games!), and that creates an expectation for the band… Continue Reading »

USC marching band horn section cadence chant/dance

INFO: Note: text in caps is spoken, text in brackets is directions and actions Set to this drumline cadence: USC drumline cadence (2007) DRIVE IT, FRESHMEN – upperclassmen yelling at the freshmen to march in place HEY, HO, HEY HO WHERE’S HOPO? OHHHHH, OH YAY! BEAT THE [opposing team’s name], EH! [sporadically shout EH] ONE… Continue Reading »