Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra

11975 Seaway Road, Suite B233

Gulfport, MS 39503

Phone: (228) 896-4276

The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra formed in 1962! The mission of the Gulf Coast Symphony is to bring quality music to the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Featuring the friendly competitive spirit of about 30 cooking teams of “Ribmeisters” as they try to out-do each other to create the most succulent, smoky, fall-off-the-bone barbecue delicacies to thrill the crowds, along with a wide array of traditional down home “fixins” and even gourmet accouterments. Ribmeister teams prepare for the event long in advance, and many of them fire up their grills and smokers in the dark of night to slow smoke their ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and other offerings long before the crowds arrive.

Once in the door, the more than 2,000 guests who attend the event are free to sample any and all of the barbecue specialties at this all-you-can-eat occasion.

The GCSO presents “Swine & Dine!” as the 2019 theme, and is co-chaired by Butch Simpson and Dobbs Dennis.

“Our guests are drawn to the Barbecue Under the Oaks fundraising event each year by its relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere,” explained Butch Simpson. The event is organized by the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors and the Symphony Guild. It is the main fundraising event benefiting the Gulf Coast Symphony, presently performing its 56th classical season under the direction of Dr. Peter Rubardt, Music Director and Conductor.

Barbecue Under the Oaks has grown tremendously over the years, becoming a much-beloved favorite of barbecue lovers, supporters of the arts, and families across the Gulf Coast and beyond. The event is well-known regionally and was recently awarded one of only eight “Awards of Excellence” presented by the League of American Symphonies Volunteer Council, recognizing Barbecue Under the Oaks as one of the best fundraising events in the nation.

Enjoy the rhythms of sounds by the sea. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the historic Beach Park located on the Gulf of Mexico in Pascagoula. Listen to performers from local church choirs in a Freedom Chorus and musicians from the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra at Sounds by the Sea. Families can have picnics and stroll along the beachfront area. The Sounds by the Sea is culminated by a gigantic fireworks display on the beach. Presented by the Gulf Coast Symphony.