A Conversation with Arthur C. Bartner
- Dr. Arthur C. Bartner has combined two career-defining positions--Director of the USC Trojan Marching Band since 1970 and Director of the Disney All-American College Band from 1974-2005--with high profile performances of massed bands, including the 800-member All-American College Marching Band for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Dr. Bartner will discuss his days as a student at the University of Michigan under the legendary William D. Revelli, the phenomenal growth of "Hollywood's Band," his educational philosophy, and leading a balanced life with avocational pursuits such as Impressionist painting.
- Arthur Bartner (email@example.com)
- 12/16/2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
- Dr. Bartner introduced the band’s distinctive “drive-it” style of marching and revolutionized its sound by incorporating modern hits into its repertoire. Now, after 45 years, the Trojan Marching Band is one of the most innovative and in-demand college bands in the country. Under his direction, the band became known as “The Spirit of Troy” for its support of USC Athletics. The band attends over 85 USC sports events each year and has not missed a Trojan football game since 1987. With over 350 annual engagements, his band is the university’s goodwill ambassador to the community, nation and world. The program has traveled to every major continent and 17 countries. Last year, USA Today named the TMB the best band in college football.
Dr. Bartner’s program has also come to earn the nickname “Hollywood’s Band.” During his tenure, the band has appeared in well over 100 movies and television shows. The TMB also garnered two platinum albums for its work with the rock group Fleetwood Mac. The band has appeared on the Academy Awards three times, performed with Radiohead at the 2009 Grammy Awards and recently guest-starred on American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and The Tonight Show.
Beyond USC, Dr. Bartner has made a name as a top guest conductor and director of massed bands. His career-defining moment came when he directed the 800-member All-American College Marching Band for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Dr. Bartner has also conducted massed bands at Liberty Weekend in 1986, four Super Bowls and Washington D.C.’s Millennium Celebration. From 1974 to 2005, Dr. Bartner held a regular post as the director of the Disney All-American College Band, composed of the best collegiate musicians in the nation.
Dr. Bartner has been honored repeatedly for his dedication to music education. In 2006 he was awarded the prestigious Lowell Mason Fellow Award by the National Association of Music Educators and, a year later, was honored with both the Association of Trojan Leagues’ Outstanding Service Award and the USC Parents Association’s Teaching and Mentoring Award.