CORPS PROFILE

13th PLACE FINISH IN 2018

Location: Atlanta, GA
Division: World Class
Founded: 1976
Executive Director: Jeff Pearson
Corps Director: Chris Moore
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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