CORPS PROFILE

13th PLACE FINISH IN 2018

Location: Atlanta, GA
Division: World Class
Founded: 1976
Executive Director: Jeff Pearson
Corps Director: Chris Moore
2019 Production: “Neon Underground”
Website: spiritdrumcorps.org

Established by Freddy and Linda Martin along with Bob Hoehn, Spirit of Atlanta was the first DCI Drum Corps to be corporate-sponsored. Funding was provided by local Atlanta television station WXIA. Originally named “Concourse,” the name of the corps was given after a contest was held to find a new, more appropriate name.

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ABOUT THE CORPS

The original corporate vision of Spirit of Atlanta included new drum and bugle corps across the country, wherever sister television stations to the one in Atlanta were based. This dream was short-lived and, in fact, Spirit was on its own by 1979. Spirit of Atlanta quickly rose to drum corps prominence with a sixth-place finish in only the corps’ second season. Well known during its formative years for a huge brass sound and performances that evoked the soulful and sultry persona of its southern hometown region, the group has claimed a spot in the DCI World Championship Finals 20 times since 1978.

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ABOUT THE CORPS

The original corporate vision of Spirit of Atlanta, originally named “Concourse,” included new drum and bugle corps across the country, wherever sister television stations to the one in Atlanta were based. This dream was short-lived and, in fact, Spirit was on its own by 1979. Spirit of Atlanta quickly rose to drum corps prominence with a sixth-place finish in only the corps’ second season. Well known during its formative years for a huge brass sound and performances that evoked the soulful and sultry persona of its southern hometown region, the group has claimed a spot in the DCI World Championship Finals 20 times since 1978.

READ THE HISTORY OF SPIRIT OF ATLANTA >>

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2019 PRODUCTION TRAILER

2019 PRODUCTION DETAILS

By Opening a new door, we can be drawn into a mysterious and exciting experience, a Neon Underground.

Strangers move together and apart. They dance in the dark, creating curiosity and intrigue. The ritual is engaging, the crowd is diverse and carefree. The club scene takes us from small inviting groups to feverish crowds to explosions of energy and chaos. It’s more than an underground party: It’s a glorious adventure of sight and sound. The music drives movement and dictates interactions. Private moments are shared even in this unconventional and large crowd. Dancers find one partner and share intimate moments.

As the music slows, life slows with it. Lingering dances become captivating. When the music picks up, the crowd blends together again in a bouncing blast of colorful neon. As the music ends, it’s time to leave this electrifying world behind and return to reality.

Repertoire Includes:

  • Krump – Scott McAllister
  • You and Me – Eliza Doolittle
  • Attraction – Emmanuel Sejourne
  • Color Wheel – Arch Echo

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