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.