- The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band at The University of Southern
Mississippi has been showing off its new uniforms at each home game
this season and most recently at the University of Alabama game
in Tuscaloosa. Thanks to the success of the "Adopt-a-Uniform"
campaign, the director of The Pride, Dr. Gary Adam, hopes to be
able to outfit an even larger band in the future.
from the Southern Miss community has been overwhelming," Adam
said. "We have thus far doubled the number of uniforms 'adopted'
than in our last campaign in 1990. The response to our call for
help has been remarkable."
Prior to this
season, The Pride's uniforms, purchased in 1990, were well past
their prime. Adam said the old uniforms served the band well for
the last 12 years, but were showing a good deal of wear. A change
was well overdue.
uniforms keep a traditional appearance while adding presence into
the performance on and off the field," Adam added.
The new Southern
Miss Pride black and gold marching band uniform is accented by black
sequins lining a white front stripe, which gives the uniform great
flash when set off by its white accents on the cuffs and collar.
Adam said 275 uniforms were initially purchased this summer, but
another 50 uniforms are needed to accommodate growth.
of these uniforms would not be possible without the support of Dr.
Shelby Thames," said Dr. Thomas Fraschillo, director of bands
at Southern Miss. "President Thames allocated $15 of every
student's activity fee to the arts, the majority being used on the
purchase of new uniforms this year."
He also noted
that 50 cents of every football ticket sold goes directly to the
band program for the support of scholarships and equipment. "Our
president has made a bold financial gesture to support our arts
programs - particularly our marching band this year," Fraschillo
said. "The Pride belongs to the university, and being highly
visible, we need to reflect the university well."
The Pride unveiled
its new uniform at a press conference in May 2003. President Thames
was on hand to lend his support.
is a great public relations tool for the university through performances
during football games, local and national television such as ESPN
and internationally in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ireland,"
Thames said. "New uniforms will help give both past and present
members of The Pride a renewed sense of satisfaction in their presence
that this allocation of student fees is the university's way of
helping bring more recognition to the arts programs in the College
of Arts and Letters and to strengthen its visibility and programming
for continued success.
first announced the "Adopt-a-Uniform" campaign at the
unveiling in May as a way to buy additional uniforms and to establish
a fund to support uniform upkeep and purchase much needed equipment.
He said an individual or a group of sponsors could adopt a uniform
for $300-the actual cost of the uniform.
donor's name will be embroidered inside the 'adopted' uniform so
each Pride member will know who made their uniform possible,"
Adam explained. "Donors also will be recognized during halftime
and pregame announcements at each football game during the 2003-2004
season, in addition to receiving Pride Club membership for one year."
and his wife Shirley were the first to adopt the black and gold
uniform-actually the first two.
Adam, who is
in his second year as director of the famous marching band, wants
to use the "adoption" money to purchase the 50 additional
uniforms needed to accommodate the future growth of the band, as
well as outfit The Pride guard unit in complimentary new uniforms.
I look to the future of The Pride, I want to see growth and a renewed
pride in our band," Adam said. "I tell my students to
'look proud, play proud, be proud
you're The Pride of Mississippi-a
honor not taken lightly as evidenced by the generous support given
us by our alumni, administration, and friends."
on how to adopt a Pride uniform, contact the university bands office
at (601) 266-4990.