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Silvestri to guest conduct USC band for return of High School Band Day

Arthur Bartner and Alan Silvestri at the recording session for The Croods (Photo/Brett Padelford)

Alan Silvestri, the Grammy award-winning composer of The Avengers and Forrest Gump, will join the USC Trojan Marching Band at halftime Sept. 21 during the USC vs. Utah State football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

He will guest conduct a group of 900 musicians comprised of Trojan Marching Band members and students from nine local high schools. This will mark the return of High School Band Day, a tradition dating back to the 1940s that was discontinued in 2004.

First held in 1946, USC’s High School Band Day provides local students the experience of learning college-level music and performing with a university marching band, along with the thrill of playing in the historic Coliseum. All nine bands participating in the event are led by directors who are alumni of the Trojan Marching Band.

After opening the halftime show with a selection from Silvestri’s score to the 2011 hit Captain America, the Trojan Marching Band will perform “Smash and Grab” from this spring’s animated film The Croods.

If the piece sounds familiar, it’s because the band recorded if for the movie’s soundtrack in January under the supervision of Silvestri. He adapted the band’s well-known Fleetwood Mac song “Tusk” to highlight the energy of the film’s opening action sequence.

To close halftime, 600 students from local high schools and the 300-member Trojan Marching Band will perform Silvestri’s iconic theme to Back to the Future.

“We had the privilege and honor to record ‘Smash and Grab’ under the direction of Alan Silvestri this spring,” said Arthur Bartner, director of the Trojan Marching Band. “We’re thrilled to have Alan back to USC to guest conduct the massed band for the return of High School Band Day.”

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