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Trojans cementing reputation as Hollywood's band

February 26, 2009 |  2:45 pm

Beyonce Knowles and Hugh Jackman totally hogging the spotlight in front of USC's drumline. Mark Sanchez had a good week at the NFL Combine, earning a different reputation coming out of USC than predecessor Matt "Hollywood" Leinart.

"The thing I loved about Sanchez more than how he threw or what he threw was the fact that he did every drill," observed NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. "What he's trying to say is, 'I'm not a prototypical USC glamour boy. I'm here because I love to compete."

Fear not, Trojan fans -- the school still has the glam market covered.

At this weekend's Academy Awards, the Trojan Marching Band performed with Beyonce Knowles, Hugh Jackman and the stars of "Mamma Mia!" and "High School Musical." The number, a tribute to musicals, was produced by Baz Luhrmann, who spent time at USC overseeing preparations.

Comedian Steve Martin reportedly tried sneak into the drumline on stage. Word to the wise: Never try to wander into the middle of a college marching band or cut through them while marching ... never.

The Spirit of Troy's appearance came on the heels of a critically acclaimed performance with Radiohead at the Grammys. Pop & Hiss, our own music blog, called it "the performance that should have opened the show." Less than a year ago, TMB also played on the season finale of "American Idol."

-- Adam Rose

Photo: Beyonce Knowles and Hugh Jackman totally hogging the spotlight in front of USC's drumline. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Time.

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