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Released April 15, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS JAZZ LAB BAND TEAMS WITH VOCALIST

HATTIESBURG -- The Mannoni Performing Arts Center stage at The University of Southern Mississippi will swing with the sounds of jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins April 23 and again April 24 at the Bay Springs Jazz in the Grove Festival. The Southern Miss Jazz Lab Band I will back her in a performance of songs from the Count Basie library as well as arrangements written for Kosins.

Kosins, who hails from the Detroit area, is an award-winning vocalist and songwriter who won the 2001 Michigan Council of the Arts/Artserve Michigan Jazz Composers Award and is a six-time ASCAP Award-winning songwriter. She has performed with the JC Heard and Nelson Riddle Orchestras and has several compact discs to her credit, including "All in a Dream's Work" (Schoolkids Records, 1996) and "Mood Swings" (Chiaroscuro Records, 2002).

"This is the first time we've had a vocalist as a guest performer," said Larry Panella, director of jazz studies at Southern Miss. "For my students, backing a vocalist is a very important experience, especially given the fact that vocalists are leading the way in drawing new listeners to jazz."

Tickets are $6 general admission and $3 for Southern Miss faculty, staff and students, senior citizens and children under 12. For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425 or order online at www.usm.edu/tickets.

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MUSIC FRATERNITY HOSTS ANNUAL PICNIC, MUSIC FEST

HATTIESBURG -- Sinfonia Fest, the annual University of Southern Mississippi School of Music picnic and music festival, has been set for May 1 on the lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building on campus. The 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. picnic is the major fund-raising project for the Eta Phi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Inc., an organization for musicians and lovers of music. This year's performers include the Southern Miss Percussion Ensemble and the Jazz Lab Band. Booths and games for children are planned as well.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Inc. is the oldest Greek letter fraternity for musicians. The chapter at Southern Miss has been providing a creative outlet for students since its 1957 inception and, through philanthropic activities in the community, the majority of their events are devoted to the arts. Noted members include former Southern Miss Presidents Aubrey K. Lucas and Horace Fleming and Charles Thomas of the Disney Company, as well as many local businesspeople, faculty members, composers, band directors and radio personalities.

Tickets are $7 per person. For more information, call event coordinator Derrick Bridges at (601) 477-9480.

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SOUTHERN MISS BANDS INVITED TO SCOTLAND

HATTIESBURG -- Dr. Gary Adam, director of The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band at The University of Southern Mississippi, has accepted an invitation on behalf of University Bands to participate in the Edinburgh (Scotland) Easter Parade in 2005. Youth Music of the World, an organization dedicated to providing comprehensive educational and cultural travel programs for student performers, will be arranging the trip for the band members.

The Pride will participate in the Easter Parade, and a concert band will perform in the city's Festival Gala Concert at a prestigious venue in the heart of the city. In addition to these performance opportunities before international audiences, the students will participate in educational tours of Edinburgh and surrounding historical areas. The tour will be available to family members of the band students, high school musicians, and other interested individuals. For more information, call Southern Miss Bands at (601) 266-4990.

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