Submitted by Dr. Arthur C. Barnter, who is celebrating 40 years as director of the USC Trojan Marching Band. Under his direction, the band has achieved worldwide fame as "Hollywood's Band" with numerous appearances in movies, on television, and at such prestigious events as the Academy Awards and the Grammys. The band has not missed a USC football game since 1987, has traveled to 17 countries, and performed at Super Bowls, World Expos, the World Series, and the World Cup. This list is part of KCET.org's Top Los Angeles Songs.
"I Love L.A."
This song is, of course, L.A.'s anthem. I'm very proud that the Trojan Marching Band performs at so many civic functions and at events throughout the city practically every day. A part of the band is the "Laker Band" and performs at every home game. I and the Trojan Marching Band truly love LA.
"Hooray for Hollywood"
Richard A. Whiting
It's the perfect song for the Trojan Marching Band because, after all, we are "Hollywood's Band." We've performed the song to kickoff the Hollywood Christmas Parade a couple times.
"Olympic Fanfare and Theme"
This is not a song about L.A. but is music that symbolizes the greatest event in the history of the city. John Williams' iconic theme is so stirring that it has become synonymous with the Olympics and I was honored to debut it as director of the 800-piece All American College Marching Band at the Opening Ceremonies.