- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The University of Southern Mississippi marching band is getting major upgrades to its practice facilities, including a new band tower and synthetic turf.

The director of the Pride of Mississippi will soon have a great vantage point to view the band from the new 34-foot, tubular steel tower with two observation decks. The 1,600-square-foot facility also will include space to store instruments and equipment for the Department of Recreational Sports.

Catherine Rand, director of bands, tells The Hattiesburg American (http://hatne.ws/297FyLw) construction of the tower is underway and should be completed by August, weather permitting.

Phase two - which will include installation of the turf - will be bid in the coming months. The work will not begin until after the 2016 football season.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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