Each year during February, high school students from throughout the southeastern United States convene on The University of Southern Mississippi campus to enjoy an inspiring, music-filled weekend.
The Southern Miss School of Music will host more than 200 students Feb. 11-14 during the All-South Honor Band weekend. For many talented students, simply taking part in their own school’s band program is not enough. All-South provides the perfect environment for high school students who crave more knowledge and opportunities to play.
Organized by Dr. Tom V. Fraschillo, senior conductor at Southern Miss, the clinic boasts students from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Virginia.
In the past few years, world-renowned clinicians, such as Col. John Bourgeois of the President’s Own, James Keane of Indiana University, and Dr. David Gregory of Atlanta’s Tara Winds are just a few of the conductors to help with this honor band weekend. Among those invited to conduct for All-South this year are Paula Crider, director Emeritus, The University of Texas Longhorn Band; Denton Stokes, director, Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia; and Dr. Timothy Rhea, director of Bands at Texas A&M University.
Callie Green, a masters student in flute performance at Southern Miss, participated in All-South her sophomore, junior and senior years in high school.
“It was the absolute highlight of my band career. It pushed me each year to practice harder and work more because it showed me exactly what I was up against,” Green said. “In my own state, just as I’m sure it is for many students, I was at the top in pretty much every band event I took place in. But at All-South, I was competing against students from seven or eight other states, which was a big challenge.”
Apart from rehearsing with one of the three concert bands and giving their final performance on Sunday, Feb. 14, the students who participate in this year’s All-South Honor Band weekend will have the opportunity to ¬hear many guest performances.
Both the Ocean Springs Middle School and High School bands will perform Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.; the Mississippi Junior/Community College All-State Band will perform Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.; and the Tara Winds of Atlanta will perform Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m.
In addition, the nationally recognized University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds will hold concerts on Feb. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. All concerts will be held in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus and admission is free.
“All-South, without a doubt, was a big part of my decision to come to the University of Southern Mississippi,” Green said. “Hearing the amazingly talented concert ensembles, meeting the friendly and helpful students, and being introduced to the world-renowned faculty, along with strolling around the beautiful campus, simply sealed the deal.”
For more information on All-South, please visit http://www.usm.edu/band. To see a video about All-South, visit http://www.usm.edu/arts.
The renowned Wind Ensemble at the University of Southern Mississippi will perform in conjunction with the All-South Honor Band Weekend Feb. 11-14. (Submitted photo)
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.