Rivalries. The word awakens a primordial heartbeat. Every student and fan scrambling to the bunkers emblazoned with the war paint of their school’s colors. There isn’t a southern California resident who doesn’t know of the classic battle for Los Angeles: the USC Trojans pitted against the villainous UCLA Bruins. In order to learn more about this age-old rivalry, I spoke with fellow Trojan and bandsman, Mark Sessa.
Mark is a senior at USC and plays sousaphone in the Spirit of Troy. He is also an active member of the Trojan Knights. A philanthropic, service-oriented club, the Trojan Knights play an important role during Troy week. As “guardians of tradition,” they take up post at the Tommy Trojan statue. For the entire week leading up to the big game against the Bruins, there is a 24/7 watch held over Tommy Trojan to keep him safe from any prank-minded fan looking for trouble. They wrap not only Tommy but also Traveller and. . . Read More