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By: Mike Lopinto

The Drum Corps International Tour will return to The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Hattiesburg campus Wednesday, July 27 for the 50th Anniversary edition of DCI Southern Mississippi.

World-class corps will headline the exciting event’s lineup at M.M. Roberts Stadium starting at 7 p.m. This event marks the return to campus after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public is invited and tickets are available at

Hosted by The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band at USM, more than 1,000 student musicians and performers from across the country will be part of this entertaining and competitive event. Units performing include Academy from Tempe, AZ; Blue Devils from Concord, CA; Boston Crusaders from Boston, MA; Cadets from Allentown, PA; Cavaliers from Rosemont, IL; Crossmen from San Antonio, TX; Mandarins from Sacramento, CA; and Music City from Nashville, TN.

“If you’ve never experienced Drum Corps live, don’t miss this amazing musical evening,” said Eric Scott, event coordinator and Visiting Assistant Director of Bands at the Southern Miss School of Music. “If you are a fan, you will not be disappointed with the exceptional line up for this year’s show.”

For nearly a half century, Drum Corps International, Marching Music’s Major League™, has been the leader in producing events for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers. With a vast reach online at, through corporate sponsorship, annual broadcast initiatives, and outreach to high school music programs, Drum Corps International delivers the message of “excellence in performance and in life” to more than 7.2 million young people, ages 13-22 involved in the performing arts across the United 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.

The mission of Drum Corps International is to bring the life-enriching benefits and enjoyment of marching music performing arts to more people worldwide. They do this by creating a stage for participating organizations to engage in education, competition, entertainment, and the promotion of individual growth.

Tickets for the event start at $25. To purchase, call 317.275.1212 or visit Tickets will also be sold at the stadium box office on the day of the show and special group rates are available. is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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