Performance Opportunities

Wind Ensemble PerformersTHE WIND ENSEMBLE

The Southern Miss Wind Ensemble has a long tradition of excellence in the wind band arena. Under the direction of Dr. Catherine Rand, the Wind Ensemble at Southern Miss has reached a reputation of international acclaim.

The Wind Ensemble at Southern Miss is one of the premiere performing ensembles of the University. The organization presents numerous concerts throughout the academic calendar spanning a wide variety of styles from traditional to avant-garde. Performances since 1985 have included many Mississippi Bandmasters Association Conventions, Southern Instrumental Conductors Conferences, two regional College Band Directors National Association Conventions, two national College Band Directors National Association Conventions including the “Golden Anniversary” Convention held in Kansas City in 1991, and two Annual National Conventions of the American Bandmasters Association, the last of which was hosted by the ensemble.

Guest soloists with the ensemble have included such notable artist performers as Roger Bobo, James Thatcher, Brian Bowman, Stanley Drucker, Christian Lindberg, Allen Vizzutti, Joseph Alessi, and Steve Mead. The Wind Ensemble continues to set a standard among the finest groups of its type in the United States.



SYMPHONIC WINDS


The Symphonic Winds performs a variety of musical styles, focusing on new literature written for the college band.  Consisting of both music majors and minors, the Symphonic Winds is an important musical outlet for the serious musician.  Most agree, this ensembles performances are equal to most top university wind ensembles.

The Symphonic Winds is under the current direction of Dr. Mohamad Schuman.



CONCERT BAND


The Southern Miss Concert Band is a varsity musical ensemble for the music major and non major alike.  Performing traditional band
literature, the ensemble provides a performance medium for the busy student musician.

The USM Concert Band is under the current direction of Dr. James Standland.



THE PRIDE OF MISSISSIPPI


Great band programs are built on a foundation of tradition. Since its founding in 1920 as a 20-piece brass ensemble, the Southern Miss band has evolved into a boastful marching band of more than 300. Its band department features three impressive concert ensembles, and a complete jazz studies division. The Wind Ensemble is world renowned and has toured throughout the United States and Europe.Wind Ensemble Performers

The Pride of Mississippi performs at all home football games, numerous away games, and high school marching band contests and festivals during the football season, and has performed before presidents, governors, and even the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland twice (1993 and 1997), having toured throughout the United States and to England and Ireland. Performing for such events as the F.D.R. inaugural parade in the 1930s, the Senior Bowl, and professional and collegiate bowl games including a performance with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in 2006. The Pride has enjoyed more television and national audience exposure than any other band in the South. The program at Southern Miss is regarded throughout the nation as one of the finest band programs.



DIXIE DARLINGS


The Dixie Darlings, from The University of Southern Mississippi, were founded by Dr. Raymond Mannoni in 1954. He had a vision
and wanted to start a drill team of young women, patterned after the Kilgore Rangrettes to perform with the University’s marching band, The Pride Of Mississippi. Members were initially chosen by the group’s founder on their dancing and twirling ability, and the group soon gained recognition and fame as the “Rockettes of the Gridiron”.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s the group appeared at various prestigious events such as the Sugar Bowl and the Liberty Bowl. In 1994, a group of 18 alumnae came together for a reunion. Reunions since then have brought greater numbers together and the current alumnae group now enjoys performing as well as fundraising for a number of charities.

DIXIE DARLINGFor more information on the Southern Miss Dixie Darlings, please contact their director - Mrs. Tracy Smith at DixieDarlingDir@aol.com.DIXIE DARLINGS The Dixie Darlings, from The University of Southern Mississippi, were founded by Dr. Raymond Mannoni in 1954. He had a vision and wanted to start a drill team of young women, patterned after the Kilgore Rangrettes to perform with the University’s marching band, The Pride Of Mississippi. Members were initially chosen by the group’s founder on their dancing and twirling ability, and the group soon gained recognition and  fame as the “Rockettes of the Gridiron”.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s the group appeared at various prestigious events such as the Sugar Bowl and the Liberty Bowl. In 1994, a group of 18 alumnae came together for a reunion. Reunions since then have brought greater numbers together and the current alumnae group now enjoys performing as well as fundraising for a number of charities.

For more information on the Southern Miss Dixie Darlings, please contact their director - Mrs. Tracy Smith at DixieDarlingDir@aol.com.

To visit the Dixie Darling Alumnae Association website, click here.