Pride of Mississippi Wins Competition in Ireland

Pride of Mississippi Wins Competition in Ireland

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi's marching band, The Pride of Mississippi, emerged as the overall winner of the International Band Parade in Limerick, Ireland, on Sunday. Twenty-four marching bands featuring 1,100 musicians from across Ireland, Europe and the United States performed in the 45th annual parade.

The Pride is set to perform in the annual St. Patrick's Day Paradein Dublin on Tuesday.

"Limerick was named Ireland's first National City of Culture in 2014, and the residents there know great music," said Steve Moser, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, who is with The Pride in Ireland. "The Pride was outstanding today, excited the crowds in Limerick, and were the great ambassadors for the University of Southern Mississippi and the State of Mississippi we all know them to be."

About 130 band members traveled to Ireland to march in the parades. The trip to Ireland is not the first for the Pride. The band also marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in the late 1990s, said James Standland, director of the Pride.