SOUTHERN MISS JAZZ LAB BAND TEAMS WITH VOCALIST
-- 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.
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).
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."
$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.
FRATERNITY HOSTS ANNUAL PICNIC, MUSIC FEST
-- 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.
$7 per person. For more information, call event coordinator Derrick
Bridges at (601) 477-9480.
MISS BANDS INVITED TO SCOTLAND
-- 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.