Pride of the South to perform benefit concert April 23 at Getrude C. Ford Center

The University of Mississippi Pride of the South band will perform at the 12th annual Pride of the South Benefit Concert on Tuesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. at the Gertrude C. Ford Center.

The concert, which funds a scholarship endowment for qualified band students, began in Jackson 12 years ago when longtime Ole Miss Rebel fan Nancy Frohn developed the idea. It moved to the UM campus in 2007 and has grown from a little more than 125 attendants and seven sponsors to nearly 1,000 attendees and 130 sponsors.

“Our students work hard and put in a lot of time for years before they get to the university,” said UM Band Director David Willson. “When people support these students, they feel good about their experience and stay with us.”

Since Willson joined UM 22 years ago, the band has doubled in size. Wilson said he feels this growth wouldn’t have been possible without Ole Miss supporters who offer positive feedback and let students know that their efforts are recognized.

Tuesday’s benefit concert is free and open to the public. There will be a reception before the concert at 7:15 in the foyer of the Ford Center. Following the event, attendees are invited to meet the performers.

To make a donation, call the University Band Office at 915-7390 or the University Foundation at 662-915-5944.