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Released January 10, 2003


HATTIESBURG - The University of Southern Mississippi wants the public to cast votes for a favorite design of the next Southern Miss Pride marching band uniforms Jan. 10-Jan. 24 by visiting the Web site.

"The Pride has become a great public relations tool for the university through performances during football games, local and national television such as ESPN, and the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ireland," said Southern Miss President Shelby Thames.

"We want to make sure our talented musicians, faculty and staff have the best tools to promote the university in a manner that best represents the quality music programs for which the Pride and the College of the Arts are known," said Thames. "New uniforms will help give both past and present members of the Pride a renewed sense of satisfaction in their presence and presentation."

"Current band uniforms are in need of much repair, and with a life expectancy of eight to 10 years, our 12-year-old uniforms have begun to show their age in the last couple of years due to the conditions they are continually exposed to," said Gary Adam, Southern Miss Pride director. "It is becoming almost impossible to put together complete and fitting uniforms for our members."

"These uniforms have served the university well, even through all the rain-soaked games they have endured," said Angela Kilcrease, assistant to the dean for public relations for the College of the Arts.

"It is time to freshen our look and enjoy the continued reputation Southern Miss has experienced as owners of one of the finest college band programs in the country. The Pride is, and always has been, a highly visible component of the university's image. They have great showmanship and musicianship, and their look should complement their talent," said Kilcrease.

Anyone interested may vote on the new uniform.

"It is important for alumni and friends, along with our entire Southern Miss family of the university, to have a vote because it gives ownership back to those who support the Pride now and in the future," said Thames.

"Our alumni, students, faculty, staff, former Pride members and Dixie Darlings' opinion on the new uniforms will be invaluable in the decision-making process," said Kilcrease. "It is a chance for them to say how they want their band to look. We would like to encourage everyone to participate in this exciting opportunity by casting a vote."


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April 20, 2004 4:09 PM