Nine of the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles will compete at M.M. Roberts Stadium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 as part of the Drum Corps International (DCI) Southern Series Tour.
Hosted by The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band at Southern Miss, more than 1,000 student musicians and performers from across the country will be part of this entertaining and competitive event. Units performing on July 25 at Southern Miss include the Blue Devils of Concord, Calif.; Phantom Regiment of Rockford, Ill.; Spirit of Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga; Blue Stars of La Crosse, Wis.; Troopers, Casper, Wy.; Colts, Dubuque, Ia.; Mandarins of Sacramento, Calif.; Teal Sound, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Jersey Surf, Camden County, N.J.
Mohamad Schuman, associate director of bands and director of The Pride of Mississippi at Southern Miss, says the show provides a great recruiting vehicle for University Bands as well as the School of Music.
“The entire community is extremely fortunate to have such talented ensembles showcase their abilities right here in Hattiesburg,” Shuman said. “In addition, local businesses and restaurants should benefit from increased sales as the show is expected to bring in thousands of fans.”
From its modest beginnings more than three decades ago, DCI has developed into a powerful, global youth activity with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. With more than 135 events each year, the annual 60-day DCI Summer Tour visits more than 40 states.
Prospective, current students and alums from the Southern Miss School of Music continually spend their summers participating in DCI. Hundreds of thousands of young musicians and dancers audition for the corps across the country and only a small percentage make the cut.
Tickets for the event start at $25. To purchase, call 317.275.1212 or visit www.DCI.org. Tickets will also be sold at the stadium box office on the day of the show. Special group rates are available. For more information, call the Southern Miss School of Music at 601.266.5543.