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USC Band to march down Main Street

Eight years ago, members of the University of Southern California’s Marching Band gave Park City a show when it marched down Main Street a couple of days before the USC Trojans played against the Brigham Young University Cougars.

This time, the famed band, which is known for its work on Fleetwood Mac’s "Tusk," is in town for the USC Trojans Pac 12 game against the University of Utah’ Running Utes on Thursday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

To celebrate, the musicians will perform a march down Main Street on Wednesday afternoon.

"The band had so much fun last time that the director, Dr. Art Bartner, called me and said he wanted to bring the band back to Park City because they had so much fun," said Mac MacQuoid, a Parkite and USC graduate who organized the event.

Out of the 250 musicians that are part of the band, 100 will be in town for the game.

"Since the U. is new to the Pac 12, the stadium isn’t big enough for the whole band to come," MacQuoid explained. "Of that 100, we’ll have 16 musicians come up to Park City for the march."

The musicians, escorted by the Park City Police, will begin their Main Street march at 5 p.m. and make a couple of stops down the road to stop and play a piece or two, he said.

"It’s just a way to build the spirit of a great rivalry in the years to come," said MacQuoid who has been a Park City resident since 1980. "There is so much association between people in Park City and Southern California with second homes and all that, and I think this will rekindle that fire. So, I think it will be a lot of fun."

After the march, the band will head to a reception that will be held at St. Regis Deer Valley with members of the local University of Utah’s Crimson Club.

"It’s sort of a way to welcome the Trojans to town and start this wonderful rivalry," MacQuoid said. "We did a similar thing when the Utes came to Los Angeles last year and it was a lot of fun."

The USC Trojan Band reception will start a 6 p.m. Tickets are $30. Reservations can be made by calling (435) 640-0117.


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