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School of Music Presents Prism Concert Dec. 3 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Contact Tearanny Street, 601.266.6823   
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi and Parris Jewelers have come together to present the second Annual PRISM concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

The holiday PRISM concert serves as the main fundraiser for The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and Dixie Darlings to support their trip to the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. At the beginning of the concert, each guest will receive a drawstring bag containing either a cubic zirconium or a round diamond from Parris Jewelers.   

“For the past few years, we’ve sponsored The Pride of Mississippi’s preview concert,” said Phillip Pitts, owner of Parris Jewelers. “And each year after the concert, band members and their parents come up to me to personally say thank you. This year, when we heard about the PRISM concert, it seemed like a natural tie-in.

“This is a good thing for everyone involved and we’re happy to sponsor The Pride of Mississippi in their efforts to attend the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

Audiences will experience a mix of musical styles, from holiday favorites like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” to classical band compositions and upbeat, toe-tapping interludes like Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Children are also invited to take a photo with Santa.

“We will have large ensembles rotate on stage and several small ensembles stationed around the auditorium,” said Dr. Jamie Standland, assistant director of bands at Southern Miss. “One will perform in one area, then like a flash of prism, another ensemble begins to play in another area.”

Featured ensembles include the Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, Steel Pan Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble, as well as the flute, trumpet, trombone and saxophone studio ensembles. In addition, The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings will surround the audience in a performance exhibiting their musical power and showmanship.

Lonnie Richardson, a senior criminal justice and trumpet player in The Pride, eagerly anticipates performing in the PRISM concert.

“It’s a great chance for people to come out and enjoy great music and support the band program at Southern Miss,” said Richardson. “This is a unique concert, because it supports a wide variety of music and showcases each section of The Pride.”

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at or 601-266-5418. For more information, call the Southern Miss bands office at 601-266-4990 or visit the PRISM Web site at

PHOTO: A member of the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and Dixie Darlings stand in awe of a sparkling diamond one lucky guest will receive from Parris Jewelers at the holiday PRISM concert Dec. 3. (Submitted photo)

About The University of Southern MississippiThe 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
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