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FAQ

How do I become a member of the Trojan Marching Band?

In order to join The Spirit of Troy, you must contact the recruitment manager, and provide your contact information. You will need to complete the form on the “Join Now” page. If you feel more comfortable submitting this information verbally, you can call 213-740-6317 and leave the information with one of the band office staff members.

 

What is Band Camp?

Band Camp is a week for new band members to learn the fundamentals of the band’s unique “Drive-It” marching style, musicality, and unity. During the beginning of the week, staff and student leadership work with just new members. Later in the week, all members of the band come together to further solidify their skills.

 

Band Camp is traditionally held the week before fall classes begin. The band helps students with USC Housing facilitate moving into their dorms early or with booking a room at the nearby Radisson Hotel until official move-in, usually the Wednesday of Band Camp. Both of these options require a per-night fee. Almost all meals during Band Camp are provided by the band.

 

Band members are required to attend every day of Band Camp following their check-in.

 

Sample General Band Camp Itinerary (subject to change):

Thursday, August 8

12 pm – Freshman Drumline Check-in

Friday, August 9

4 pm – Freshman Silk Check-in

Saturday, August 10

Freshman Drumline and Silk marching fundamentals

Sunday, August 11

Freshman Drumline and Silk marching fundamentals

4:30 pm – All Other Freshman Check-In

5-10 pm – All Freshman Orientation and Dinner

Monday, August 12

(All Leadership and Freshmen)

7-9 am – Breakfast

9-12:30 pm – Field Fundamentals

12:30-2 pm – Lunch

2-5 pm – Field Fundamentals

5-7 pm – Dinner + Financial Aid Seminar

7-10 pm – Sectionals

Tuesday, August 13

(Full Band)

7-9 – am Breakfast

9-12:30 – pm Field Fundamentals

12:30-2 pm – Lunch

2-5 pm – Field Fundamentals

5-7 pm – Dinner +

7-8:30 pm – Sectionals

8:30-10 pm – Full Band Rehersal

10 pm – Freshman Uniform Checkouts

Wednesday, August 14

(Full Band)

7-9 am – Breakfast

9-12:30 pm – Field Rehersal

12:30-2 pm – Lunch

2-5 pm – Field Rehersal

5-7 pm – Dinner +

7-8:30 pm – Sectionals

8:30-10 pm – Full Band Rehersal

10 pm – Freshman Uniform Checkouts

Thursday, August 15

(Full Band)

8:30-10:45 am – New Student Convocation (optional)

1-5 pm – Field Rehersal

5-7 pm – Dinner

7-8:30 pm – Sectionals

8:30-10 pm – Full Band Music Rehersal +

7-8:30 pm – Sectionals

10 pm – Freshman Uniform Checkouts

Friday, August 16

(Full Band)

7-9 am – Breakfast

9-12:30 pm – Field Rehersal

12:30-2 pm – Lunch

2-4 pm – Field Rehersal

4-5:30 pm – Dinner +

6 pm – Salute to Troy (Full Band)

Saturday, August 17

(Full Band)

7-9 am – Breakfast

9-12:30 pm – Field Rehersal

12:30-2 pm – Lunch

2-5 pm – Field Rehersal

After Rehersal – Section Unity Dinners (Off-Campus)

Sunday, August 18

(Full Band)

1-5 pm – Field Rehersal

5-6:30 pm – Dinner

 

 

Should I bring my own instrument?

The TMB rents instruments to band members every semester for use in TMB events, gigs, and games. Instruments can be rented with a deposit that can be returned at the end of the student’s time in the band. The TMB does not have enough instruments for everyone, so we do encourage freshmen to bring their own instrument if they own one, but it is not necessary. Students can indicate whether they need to rent an instrument in the Band Camp Reply Form, which they will fill out the summer before joining the band.

 

 

What if I play an instrument that does not march in the TMB?

Although we do not march euphoniums/baritones, double reeds, bass clarinets, sideline percussion or (obviously) strings, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you in the TMB! Even if you played a certain instrument in high school, we encourage you to learn a new instrument here. Sideline percussion can audition for marching percussion, and double reeds can try sax or clarinet. Even if you don’t play an instrument at all, you are welcome to join prop crew—our logistical support team—the USC silks, or even a wind section. Your section leaders will help you learn to play the instrument of your choice, so don’t feel that inexperience will bar you from participating! Any student who loves USC and wants to support our athletic teams is welcome in our program!

 

 

How much does membership in the Trojan Marching Band cost?

The Trojan Marching Band raises over $1 million per year. This money is used to pay for instruments, airfare, hotels, meals, uniforms, and other band expenses. Transportation, hotels, and most meals are provided on trips.

 

Your only expense for joining the band is the Spirit Pack, which includes a red gig bag, TMB hat, two TMB red shirts, and a pair of black sunglasses, costing about $75. All marching members other than Silks also need their own pair of all-black tennis shoes for the uniform. Silk Spirit Packs include backpacks, all white shoes, and other required pieces of the uniform for about $100.

 

 

When are auditions held?

Twirler auditions – Twirlers audition in the spring semester, usually coinciding with Drum Major tryouts

 

Percussion Auditions – The drumline auditions the first day of drumline band camp (two days before winds begin band camp). This audition is not required to join the TMB, but it is required for instrument placement within the drumline.

 

All other section auditions – The TMB does not require auditions to join any section. Certain sections will host informal auditions during band camp, however, simply to assign parts based on previous musical ability. Marching ability is not a factor!

 

 

Are there requirements for potential members of the TMB?

All new members are required to be students at USC who attend band camp. Other than that, the only requirement of the Trojan Marching Band is Spirit!