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USC Band to Honor Dr. Jerry Buss During Halftime

The halftime show will feature a performance by the Laker Girls, and appearances by members of the Buss family.

The USC Trojan Marching Band announced that they will honor former Los Angeles Lakers owner, and USC alum, Dr. Jerry Buss on Saturday. The band will pay tribute to the Hall of Fame owner during halftime of the USC vs. Boston College game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Buss was huge supporter of the Trojan Marching Band. After purchasing the Lakers in 1979, he asked that the best musicians on USC's band become the Laker band, and play during Laker games at Staples Center - a tradition that continues today.

"Dr. Buss was a longtime friend of the band," said Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, Director of the Trojan Marching Band. "It is a great honor to pay tribute to him at halftime and a privilege to play his favorite Laker Band songs. We're thrilled to have the world-famous Laker Girls perform with us and welcome his family to the field."

The halftime show will feature Dr. Buss' favorite songs with a performance by the Laker girls. Dr. Buss' family is also expected to make an appearance. The halftime tribute will present the "greatest hits" of the Laker band. The band will kick off by performing "Gonna Fly Now" from the movie "Rocky", which is also the Laker band's pregame song. That will follow with Buss' favorite song Louis Prima's "Just a Gigolo." 

The performance will continue with the Laker girls dancing to TMB's trademark anthem "Tusk", and the band spelling out "BUSS" on the field. After honoring the Buss family, the Lakers victory song "I Love L.A." will close the show.

The game will kick off at 12:00pm, with halftime estimated to begin at 1:30pm.

Dr. Buss graduated from USC in 1957 earning a PhD in Physical Chemistry. He was a proud member of the Trojan family donating millions of dollars to the university. Dr. Buss showed support by funding faculty positions and athletic scholarships. He was also a regular attendee at USC athletic events. He passed away on February 18, 2013.

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