LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The USC Trojan Marching Band planned to pay tribute to the late-Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss during halftime of Saturday’s game against Boston College in Los Angeles.
USC Annenberg TV News reports that the university band will perform the “greatest hits” of the Laker band during the halftime show at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, followed by a performance by the Laker girls.
“Buss” will also be spelled out on the field by the band — a distinction given to a select few Trojans.
“Dr. Buss was a longtime friend of the band,” Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, the director of the Trojan Marching Band, said. “It is a great honor to pay tribute to him at halftime and a privilege to play his favorite Laker Band songs.”
In 1957, Buss received his doctorate in physical chemistry from USC. He went on to donate millions of dollars to the school and was one of the biggest supporters of the band, dating back to the 1970s.
Buss died Feb. 18, of kidney failure after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 80 years old.
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