Jake’s Take: His Story, His Plans and the Future of the TMB

Professor Jake Vogel became just the second director to lead the Trojan Marching Band in more than 50 years, inheriting a band that rose from obscurity to international fame over a half century. While current and recent band members know him and his accomplishments well, alumni are eager to learn more about the man who succeeds Dr. Arthur C. Bartner. 

In a Zoom meeting with Spirit of Troy alums, Jake shared the story of how he became interested in music, followed his girlfriend to USC, honed his arranging skills from legendary Tony Fox, and rose to the position of director.  He also laid out the five areas in which he will focus as the band moves forward: Legacy and Tradition, Innovation, Music Teaching and Learning, Leadership Development, and Student Experience.

Jake also answered questions from alums, who wanted to know more about the future, including his plans for the band’s travel, strengthening relationships with other student organizations, and whether he would change traditional pregame and half-time performances. And yes, what about the tempo of “Ching-boom.” Learn all this and more in the full video of his meeting and question-and-answer session with Trojan Marching Band alums. 

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