HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern Miss students in the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band are continuing their preparations to perform live on the Emerald Isle in March.
Many of those students took part in a running event at USM's Pride Field Saturday to raise money to help send the band to Ireland, to take part in Dublin's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Dozens of people ran in the Screamin' Eagle Dash, which was a 5-K event.
130 band members, along with the Dixie Darlings, will perform the Southern Miss fight song and other tunes in that parade.
"Many of our students have hardly been out of the Southeast, much less out of the country, so I think it's going to be a wonderful cultural experience," said Dr. Jamie Standland, director of the Pride of Mississippi.
"We're playing all our school songs, plus some Michael Jackson tunes, so it's going to be some good stuff," said Kevin Mullen, a junior, who plays trumpet in the band. "They're going to enjoy it, I think," he said.
"I've never been to Ireland before, and I get to represent this school and Dixie Darlings, so it's something different and I'm very excited," said Karlee Smith, a freshman and member of the Dixie Darlings.
The Pride's trip to Ireland will be from March 12-19th.