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Drumming and jazz events honor the memory of Leon “Ndugu” Chancler

October 18, 2018

In September, world-renowned drummer and USC Thornton faculty member Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, who passed away last Spring, was honored at the 37th annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival at the Watts Towers Arts Center. The day-long event featured a taiko drumming ensemble, percussion artists of all styles, members of the Locke High School […]

Jessi Mason receives ASCAP’s Molly Hymen Scholarship

August 6, 2018

Jessi Mason, a senior in USC Thornton’s Popular Music program, is the recipient of the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Molly Hymen Music Scholarship. The annual scholarship benefits an outstanding undergraduate of the school’s Division of Contemporary Music who is also undertaking Music Industry classes. Mason recently released her second EP, Night Owl, which received a nomination […]

Alumnus Ross Golan releases podcast recorded at Thornton

June 4, 2018

And The Writer Is…, a podcast by multi-platinum songwriter and USC Thornton alumnus Ross Golan (BM ’01, Music Industry), recently released an episode recorded at a Spring 2018 Popular Music Forum, featuring Thornton students and vice dean Chris Sampson. The podcast’s featured guest, GRAMMY-nominated producer Joe London, has released hit singles with Pitbull, Jason Derulo, […]

“Billboard” features Fabriq single

May 17, 2018

Billboard recently profiled the band Fabriq on the release of their third single, “Get Behind the Feeling.” Band members Daniel Davila (BM ’18) and Cooper Bell (BM ’18) are both recent graduates of the USC Thornton Popular Music program and draw inspiration from Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, and Jamiroquai. close According to the musicians, “Get […]

Pop artist King Princess (Mikaela Straus) featured on ASCAP panel

May 8, 2018

Mikaela Straus, a pop artist who performs under the name King Princess, recently took part in a panel discussion at the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo, alongside musician St. Vincent and journalist Evelyn McDonnell. Straus, who is a non-degreed alumna of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, is the first artist to be signed to […]

USC band highlighted among NPR “Tiny Desk” entries

April 24, 2018

The band Treehouse, which includes seven USC students, was featured on NPR’s list of “Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love,” highlighting the band’s video for “Wildberry Poptart.” Described as “a critique of the traditional American dream, direct from the mouth of the oppressed,” the performance features vocals/rap by USC School of Cinematic Arts sophomore Mato […]

Rozzi is featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live

April 12, 2018

close USC Thornton Popular Music alumna Rozzi Crane recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live with her new single, “Never Over You.” The song will be featured on her new album, to be released by Columbia later this year. Rozzi, as she is known professionally, has previously performed alongside Kendrick Lamar and Maroon 5 and became […]

Patrice Rushen featured in “Variety” article about award show orchestration

February 27, 2018

USC Thornton Popular Music chair Patrice Rushen was mentioned in a Variety article, “Awards Ceremonies Are the ‘Super Bowl’ for Orchestras” exploring the challenges of performing orchestral music for major awards shows. The article explores Rushen’s work as the first female music director for top awards broadcasts, including the Emmys and the NAACP Image Awards. […]

March 6th memorial service for Ndugu Chancler

February 15, 2018

A funeral service has been announced for Ndugu Chancler, who passed away on February 3rd at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Memorial for Ndugu Chancler Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 11:00AM Faithful Central Bible Church in the Tabernacle building (Map) 321 N. Eucalyptus Avenue Inglewood, CA 90302

Thornton at #2 on list of best schools for songwriters

January 30, 2018

College Magazine recently put USC Thornton in second place on its list of the “Top 10 Schools for Aspiring Songwriters.” The article praises Thornton’s Popular Music Songwriting minor, as well as the Music Industry program, and highlights the advantage of Thornton’s location in the heart of Los Angeles. The profile also applauds Thornton’s Songwriter’s Theatre, […]

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