A parade with Trojan style

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Wednesday won't be just another day at the office for Isaac Flores, an assistant business manager in the USC athletic department.

That's because he'll be taking the morning off to attend the Lakers championship parade. Even better -- he'll be in the parade.
As one of 17 people in the Lakers Band -- an ensemble made up of past and present Trojan Marching Band members that plays at every Lakers game at Staples Center -- Flores and his cohorts will be on three vehicles leading the procession down Figueroa and blasting some recognizable tunes.

Having played in two previous Lakers championship parades, Flores is excited for Wednesday's pageantry, to say the least.

"It's amazing when you see hundreds of thousands of people all over the place," said Flores, a trombonist.

Flores, who graduated from USC in 1995 and played in the Trojan Marching Band for four years, joined the Lakers Band in 1993 as a substitute before becoming fulltime in 1994. He has since played in the band at hundreds of games, including dozens of playoff games, as he's seen the Lakers win four NBA titles. He tooted his trombone at about 30 regular-season games this season and all but one of the home playoff games.

"To grow up a Laker fan, I saw the band and always thought, 'maybe someday, who knows?'" Flores said. "Now it's like having season tickets to the Lakers. It's been fun."

On Wednesday during the parade, the Lakers Band, as always, will play many of the same songs the Trojan Marching Band performs at games.

"[Lakers owner] Dr. [Jerry] Buss loves 'Tusk,'" Flores said. "But there's no 'Fight on' or 'Conquest.'"

And then after the festivities finish on Figueroa and at the Coliseum, Flores will return to Heritage Hall and get back to work balancing the books as assistant business manager for the athletic department.

"The Lakers are the only thing that truly unifies this city," Flores said. "It's going to be crazy."

The Lakers Band, consisting of Trojan Marching Band members, performs the national anthem at a game in April. Isaac Flores, an assistant business manager in the USC athletic department, has been a part of the Lakers Band for 16 years. The Lakers Band will lead the parade down Figueroa Street during Wednesday's championship celebration.

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