Since its founding in 1920 as a 20-piece brass ensemble, The Pride of Mississippi has evolved into an impressive and highly respected marching band. Having marched for such events as the FDR Inaugural Parade, the Chicago World's Fair, the Senior Bowl Classic football games, the Blue and Gray game, and professional football games, The Pride was one of the most televised marching bands in the South during the 1970s and '80s.
Unlike most bands of previous days, The Pride was not limited to a common instrumentation of brasses and woodwinds. In the 1950s, the band was accompanied by a bagpipe ensemble along with the Southern Belles dance/drill team, then later the Dixie Darlings.
Regarded throughout the nation as one of the finest university marching bands, The Pride has received invitations to perform in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Mississippi for competitive band contests, festivals and professional football games, and an international performance in Ireland for the Saint Patrick's Day celebration.
In 2010, with more than 3.5 million television viewers worldwide, The Pride, along with the Dixie Darlings, made their debut appearance in New York City at the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Though many years have passed since the first performance in 1923, the same excitement and tradition of musical excellence has been upheld today.