HATTIESBURG -- Members
of The Pride of Mississippi marching band and Dixie Darlings at
The University of Southern Mississippi will regroup Tuesday to begin
preparation for the upcoming Southern Miss football season. Dr.
Gary Adam, director of The Pride, expects more than 250 students
to check in for camp Tuesday and Wednesday.
"We are expecting some outstanding freshmen
to check in Tuesday and have a talented returning class as well,"
Adam said. "This year also marks the return of the majorettes.
We will have three on the field."
The Pride and Dixie Darlings perform at all home football
games, numerous away games, and high school marching band contests
and festivals during the football season. Founded in 1920 as a 20-piece
brass ensemble, The Pride has since evolved into a renowned university
The group's first appearance will be in support of
the Freshman Year Experience pep rally on Friday. The band will
give a preview concert at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the fountain at the
front of the Hattiesburg campus. The first home game performance
will be Sept. 16 when Southern Miss takes on California at The Rock,
an ESPN-televised game.
"We have planned halftime shows of all rock and
pop music ranging from the 70s to present this season that should
appeal to most audiences," Adam said. "We will include
a show of all Jimmy Buffet music, a tribute show to the group Chicago,
and a Monsters of Rock show that features music by rock giants the
Rolling Stones, Guns N' Roses, and Aerosmith."
Having performed for such events as the FDR inaugural
parade in the 1930s, numerous Senior Bowl Classics, and professional
and collegiate bowl games, The Pride has enjoyed more nationally
televised audience exposure than any other band in the South.
The 2004 band will be led on the field by drum majors
Ruth Braden of Birmingham, Ala., Steven Cline of Madison, and Ricardo
Robinson of Decatur.
Tracy Smith returns as director of the Dixie Darlings.
This world-famous dance team, along with some of its alumni, last
appeared in the New Year's Day parade in London, England, in January
For more information about upcoming Pride appearances,
call the University Bands office at (601) 266-4990 or visit