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Many people ask about joining the Trojan Marching Band — and would like to know the main purpose of the band, and what requirements it takes to join. The band feels that all members of the university should have the opportunity to participate in marching with The Spirit of Troy, and offers the opportunity for all individuals enrolled to participate in one of the greatest collegiate marching band experiences in the country.


The first priority of the Trojan Marching Band is to support USC’s athletic program. The close relationship that exists between the TMB and USC’s varsity teams is unique. Not only does the TMB perform at all home, away, and bowl football games, it also performs at most home games of the other varsity sports. From men’s basketball to women’s water polo, The Spirit of Troy provides a home court advantage for all of our athletic teams.


A contingent of the band accompanies the football team to every away game. Included are the annual full band trips to the San Francisco Bay Area for match-ups with Stanford or Cal, and a biennial trip to South Bend to battle the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Of course the TMB isn’t just about football. In fact, it is not uncommon to hear the strains of “Fight On” and “Tribute to Troy” at other major post-season tournaments around the country as well.


The Trojan Marching Band has earned the title “Hollywood’s Band” because of its numerous performances on the small and silver screens. The TMB performed with Beyoncé at the Academy Awards, Radiohead at the Grammys as well as the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, How I Met Your Mother, Dancing with the Stars, and SportsCenter. The Trojan Marching Band’s movie credits include The Croods, The Naked Gun, and Forrest Gump.


Every year the Trojan Marching Band invites celebrity guests to perform in their half time shows. Recent guests include Slash, Jason Derulo, X Ambassadors, George Clinton, and John Williams. The Spirit of Troy also performs for various private and public functions throughout the year.