HATTIESBURG - Dr.
Gary Adam, director of The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band at
The University of Southern Mississippi, has accepted an invitation
for the band to participate in the 2005 Edinburgh Easter Parade
After Adam accepted the invitation, the tour was offered
to family members of the band students, high school musicians, and
other interested individuals in the community. Space is still available
until January 10, 2005.
The cost of the excursion is $2,300 and includes round-trip
airfare, hotel accommodations, transfers, breakfast daily and dinner
on five nights in Edinburgh, entrance fees, and more. Tour organizers
also have optional tour plans.
"We have invited the public to join us on this
first-ever tour to Scotland for The Pride," Adam said. "The
Pride has appeared twice in Ireland for the St. Patrick's Day Parade
in Dublin, and the Dixie Darlings performed in London's New Year's
Day Parade in January (2004)."
Although the entire band will not be making the trip,
as the participating students will be paying their own way, Adam
said a good contingent "will represent the university well."
The Edinburgh Easter Festival made its debut in 2004,
culminating with an Easter Sunday Cavalcade. The event took the
city by storm, with performers from around the world entertaining
massive crowds during the three-day extravaganza.
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 and tour participants will take part in educational
tours of Edinburgh and surrounding historical areas.
Linda Bass, credit and online coordinator for Continuing
Education and Distributed Learning at Southern Miss, will assist
in organizing the community involvement aspect of the tour. She
is no stranger to touring with Southern Miss bands.
"In 1999, we took a rather large contingent of
students--all members of the Wind Ensemble--and adults to Rome,"
she said. "It was an incredible trip for everyone, and we look
forward to repeating the positive experience in Scotland."
Bass was complimentary of the program that has been
organized. "I've done several educational travel programs while
at Southern Miss," she explained. "This package is quite
extensive for the money and will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Besides, we, the adult participants, will be able to cheer on The
Pride as they march in the parade."
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
and all other participants of the tour.
For more information, including registration procedures,
call Southern Miss Bands at (601) 266-4990 or Bass at (601) 266-4189.