“How the Music Plays On!”
The Trojan Marching Band plays an important role for USC as the spirit behind its athletic teams, the soundtrack for the campus, its ambassador to the world, and – through appearances in the media – as “Hollywood’s Band”.
The Spirit of Troy is the largest student organization on campus and functions as a part of the Division of Student Affairs, not the USC Thornton School of Music or Athletics. Most people are surprised to learn that the band must generate 75% of its operating funds from contributions or through “for hire” performances. Without these additional dollars, there would not be sufficient funds to meet the cost of such critical items such as new instruments, uniforms, and especially travel.
Therefore, your private support is essential for maintaining the performance quality, showmanship, and energy at the high levels the Trojan Family and audiences across the globe have always enjoyed from Dr. Arthur C. Bartner and the talented, hard-working USC students who perform under his direction.
Thank you for considering a donation to The Spirit of Troy and “Fight On!”
The Spirit of Troy is deeply dedicated to representing the university’s ideals, but the band’s schedule makes it difficult for students to work part-time to offset their tuition and living expenses. By raising $5 million for the band scholarship endowment, we can recognize every band member for his or her commitment to the program. We invite you to honor the band’s unparalleled service to USC by playing a key role in safeguarding its future. Click the button on the right to make an online donation.
Goal: $5.0 Million
Trojan football players depend on the band to inspire them at stadiums across the country. The Spirit of Troy is one of the few college bands in the nation that raises the majority of its football travel budget itself. With your help, more band members will be able to participate in these travel opportunities to continue supporting USC Football’s legacy of success. Click the button on the right to make an online donation.
Goal: $6.0 Million
Thanks to a generous gift from the Fouce Family, The Spirit of Troy purchased a matching set of instruments for every band member in Fall 2021. This greatly improves the sound and look of the band. Your support of the instrument endowment will fund repairs and instrument replacement every 10 years to protect the band’s signature sound in perpetuity. Click the button on the right to make an online donation.
Goal: $2.0 Million
Thanks to a generous gift from the Bothwell Family, The Spirit of Troy purchased new uniforms in spring 2020. Your support will ensure these uniforms stay pristine for future generations of Trojan Band Members. Supporting the USC Trojan Marching Band Uniform Endowment will help protect one of the most recognizable and cherished symbols of USC’s past, present and future. Click the button on the right to make an online donation.
Goal: $2.0 Million
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