This Saturday, September 21, the USC Marching Trojans will perform a “Tribute to Alan Silvestri” during half-time of the USC/Utah football game. The Marching Trojans will perform the selection “Smash & Grab” from the worldwide box–office hit The Croods from DreamWorks Animation while footage from the film will simultaneously play on the Los Angeles Coliseum Jumbotron. Installed in 2011, the 150 foot wide / 40 foot high Jumbotron is one the largest outdoor screens in the world.
Directed and written by Chris Sanders and USC Alum Kirk DeMicco and produced by Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell, “The Croods” has grossed nearly $600M at the worldwide box-office, and is the highest grossing original film of the year. Starring the vocal talents of Nicholas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman, “The Croods” is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed.“Smash & Grab” is a title track from one of the film’s early scenes, involving a hunt for what the Crood family hopes will be a much-needed meal. To enhance the scene’s runaway action, the filmmakers and Silvestri tapped the USC Marching Trojans to perform the track for the film’s score. The directors and Silvestri collaborated on the style and emotion they wanted to achieve, comparing the scene in the film to that of a football game to underscore that in the prehistoric world of the Crood familiy, even getting breakfast is a full contact sport. The USC Marching Trojans provided the much needed energy and talents to give the scene exactly what the filmmakers envisioned.With a career that spans over three decades, Alan Silvestri is one of the most prolific composers of his generation, responsible for some of the most recognizable music scores in film history. A two-time Academy Award nominee for “The Polar Express” and “Forrest Gump,” Silvestri’s credits also include “The Avengers,” “Predators,” “Lilo & Stich,” “The Bodyguard,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy.“The Croods” is currently available on Digital HD download on all digital stores and will be available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on October1, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.USC vs UTAH:Saturday, September 21Kickoff at 3:30 PM ETABC, ESPN 2 (check local listings)
Above L-R: Chris Sanders (Director/Writer, “The Croods”), Art Bartner, Director Trojan Marching Band, “The Croods” Composer Alan Silvestri and Kirk DeMicco (Director/Writer, “The Croods”)
Below: Silvestri rehearsing with the band today.