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Bartner Celebrates His 250th Home Game

Bartner Celebrates His 250th Home Game
Arthur C. Bartner directs the USC Trojan Marching Band.

USC Trojan Marching Band director Arthur C. Bartner celebrated a triple-digit milestone at USC’s 50-0 victory over UCLA – 250 home games at the helm of The Spirit of Troy. During this span, the Trojans won 186 times and had a record of 24-16-2 against the Bruins.

Since his first game on Sept. 12,1970, Bartner has missed only one home USC football game. In 1982, he was forced to skip the Oct. 2 game against Oregon to lead the All-American College Band at the opening of EPCOT Center in Florida.

Now in his 42nd season, Bartner will be honored for his longevity and work – turning The Spirit of Troy into one of the premiere collegiate marching bands – with an upcoming induction into the USC Hall of Fame in May.

The band has celebrated other important milestones during the 2011 season. The game against Syracuse marked its 300th consecutive football game at home or away, and the Notre Dame game was the 20th straight time the band traveled to South Bend for the intersectional matchup.

To ensure the future of these streaks, the organization has launched the Trojan Marching Band Travel Fund to raise the $325,000 it takes to travel to all road games every year. For information on how to donate, visit

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