HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - About three dozen music students at the University of Southern Mississippi Wednesday performed for construction workers who are repairing and renovating campus buildings that were damaged during the 2013 tornado.
Students hosted a brief, free concert at noon inside the university's former art museum for about one dozen workers, along with faculty members and employees from the USM Physical Plant.
The Performances included music played on solo guitar and piano.
Both the Performing Arts Center and the Fine Arts Building sustained heavy roof damage during the storm. Much of their interiors were also damaged by rain after the twister.
"We're about half way through this renovation and recovery project from the tornado and we've had construction crews out here in all types of weather and conditions, working really hard for us and we wanted to do something to say thank you to them," said Michael Miles, director of the School of Music at USM.
"It was just a nice thing for us to show our appreciation for what they're doing and getting this place back in working order, because it's been out of working order for such a long time," said Michael Rigney, a senior music major at USM.
Construction work is scheduled to be completed by this fall.