November 28th, 2015 The 270-member UCLA Bruin Marching Band, aka The Solid Gold Sound, represents UCLA at major athletic and extracurricular events; traditional UCLA songs like "Strike Up the Band for UCLA", "Sons of Westwood", and "The Mighty Bruins" custom-arranged rock and pop songs, as well as the traditional fight songs and cheers of the university. The UCLA band program, which includes the Marching and Varsity Bands, the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band, is in the School of the Arts and Architecture's Department of Music, part of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Band appearances at athletic events are funded primarily by student registration fees, a direct allocation from the Chancellor's Office and the Solid Gold Sound Club.
UCLA Bruin Band is led by GORDON HENDERSON the Director of Bands and Department of Music Vice Chair at UCLA. Professor Henderson directs the Bruin Marching Band, the Symphonic Band and the Varsity Band. Under Professor Henderson's direction, the Bruin Marching Band has appeared at five Rose Bowls, three Sun Bowls, three Las Vegas Bowls, two Cotton Bowls, the Aloha Bowl, the Freedom Bowl, the Silicon Valley Bowl, the Emerald Bowl, the Holiday Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl.
In 1993, the UCLA Bruin Marching Band received the prestigious Sudler Trophy, presented each year by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to recognize excellence and innovation bestowed on one university marching band every year. Described by a Los Angeles Times reporter as "the Heisman Trophy of the collegiate band world", the award does not represent the winner of any championship, but rather a band surrounded by great music and tradition that has become respected nationally.
For the rivalry game this year at Thanksgiving weekend, both teams wore their home jerseys in the revived rivalry tradition on a crisp, clear day at the Coliseum but UCLA missed the 4peat as USC clinched the Pac-12 South title with a 40-21 victory over No. 22 UCLA on Saturday in the 85th edition of their crosstown showdown. Serious injuries finally caught up to UCLA, which lost two of its final three games. Paul Perkins rushed for two touchdowns for the Bruins (8-4, 5-4), who lost to USC for the first time in coach Jim Mora's tenure.
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