’70’s funk-rock-soul band—WAR—was honored by the USC Trojan Marching Band during their last home game of 2009, as co-conducted by comedian George Lopez.

Longtime USC band director Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, passed the baton to Lopez, who made half time just a little bit funkier, as WAR grooved through a medley of timeless hits including “Low Rider,”“Cisco Kid,” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” WAR completely rocked the sold-out stadium, which included USCalum Dexter Holland, lead singer of The Offspring.

Meanwhile, Bartner, was honored by various city and county officials including Councilwoman Jan Perry and County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas for his achievements spanning 40 years of leading the All-time greatest marching band in the nation. The USC Trojan Marching band performed with Radiohead at The Grammys and also recorded with Fleetwood Mac for their critically acclaimed double-album Tusk.

WAR, over the last four decades, has recorded a roster of some of the most memorable hits of all time. With the band’s long-hailed musical virtuosity and
influences that include Jazz, Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B and Latin, WAR has impacted its fans, as well as other musicians, regardless of race, generation or
genre. With songs that have been sampled by artists from 2Pac, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Method Man, the Beastie Boys, Janet Jackson, and Barry White, etc.; Low Rider
is also the theme song of the George Lopez Show, with songs featured on The Simpsons and King of the Hill; and motion pictures including
Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Lethal Weapon, Boogie Nights, Gone in 60 Seconds. Their music is also featured in such video games as Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, MLB 08, and Skate 2. WAR celebrates its 40th Anniversary with 19 albums and 10 Top 10 Billboard pop and R&B singles,
appealing to baby boomers, as well as today’s generation.

PHOTO I.D. (LEFT TO RIGHT):

Sal Rodriguez, WAR; Jerry Goldstein, Avenue Records; George Lopez; Marcos Reyes, WAR; Dr. Arthur C. Bartner and Lonnie Jordan, WAR at USC before the half-time tribute to WAR as co-conducted by George Lopez with Dr. Arthur C. Bartner.

Originally posted 2009-12-08 00:39:57.