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Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade to Feature Four Southern Miss Alumni Bandleaders

Date    11/21/05
Contact    Angela Kilcrease (601) 266-4988

HATTIESBURG -- Of 10 marching bands participating in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City Thursday, four of them will be led by University of Southern Mississippi music education graduates.

Dr. Thomas Fraschillo, director of bands at Southern Miss and conducting mentor to three of the four directors, said the number of band graduates participating in such a prestigious and highly visible American icon is a credit to the university and its band program. “I’m very proud of our former students,” he said. “I plan to be there with my family to show our support of their success.”

The Southern Miss graduates include the following:

• Richard Suk, who earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in music education at Southern Miss, directs the Ohio University Marching 110 of Athens, Ohio. His band will lead the two and one-half mile parade through the streets of Manhattan.

• Brian Taylor, who received a master’s in music education and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Southern Miss, now directs the University of Louisiana-Lafayette marching band. His group will be the featured band on the Today Show Wednesday morning.

• Roger Duran, also a master’s in music education graduate who came to Southern Miss from the University of North Texas to study conducting, will lead the John B. Alexander High School marching band of Loredo, Texas.

• Jody Dunn, who earned his bachelor’s in music education, now teaches at Crestview High School of Okaloosa County, Fla.

For 77 years, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has kicked off the holiday season with spectacular bands, balloons and floats. More than 2.5 million people line the streets of New York to get a glimpse of one of the world’s most famous parades, while another 44 million tune in by television as they celebrate the holiday at home with family and friends.

For more information on the Southern Miss band program, contact Angela Kilcrease at 601.266.4988 or visit the Web at

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