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The Popular Music professors performing are, bottom row, from left, Alphonso Johnson on bass, Paul Jackson, Jr. on guitar and Will Kennedy on drums. Middle row, Sean Holt, vocals, and Patrice Rushen, keyboards. Top row, Patrice Rushen, keyboards, Sean Holt, vocals, and Finn, Alphonso Johnson’s dog, background vocals. (Photo/USC Thornton School of Music)

Through a Bill Withers tribute video, USC music professors spotlight how to perform remotely

Faculty in the Popular Music Program collaborated virtually on a musical eulogy aimed at lifting up their students — and themselves.

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Rob Perkins USC music programming
USC Thornton alum Rob Perkins has built a thriving career as a contractor, regularly putting over 100 musicians with their own links to USC to work every month. (Photo/Courtesy of Robert Perkins)

For this USC Thornton graduate, the music business is all about family

After years on the road with artists like Michael Bublé, Rob Perkins started a curated music programming business called On the Beat that is fueled by fellow USC Thornton grads, faculty and even current students.