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Spirit of Atlanta
DCI Drum Corps, Atlanta, GA - United States


Established in the fall of 1976, Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps was the creation of Freddy Martin, a successful suburban Atlanta band director, and his wife, Lynda. That summer, they and Bob Hoehn partnered with a local network television affiliate to realize their dream of an Atlanta area junior corps. Spirit finished in the top 25 in its first year as they began to find their own sound.

Remaining true to their southern roots, Spirit has received its reputation from prominent blues and jazz influences with beefy horn lines and big rhythms. The corps performs Ray Charles’ Georgia On My Mind as the corps song and as a tribute to their hometown.

Spirit has been instructed by DCI Hall of Fame members including corps founder Freddy Martin, brass arranger Jim Ott, and percussionist Tom Float. In 2000, Spirit became one of the first DCI corps to partner with an educational institution and was known for several years as Spirit from Jacksonville State University. The organization has since returned to its Georgia roots, once again taking its original Spirit of Atlanta name in 2010.


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Equipment Configuration

Championship Maple Snare Drums FFX-1412

Championship Maple Tenor Drums PMT-60234

Championship Maple Bass Drums PBD-1814, PBD-2014, PBD-2414, PBD-2814, PBD-3216

Adams Artist Series Marimba MAKF-46

Rosewood Bars MARWS46

Adams Vibraphone No Motor CV2F

Adams Professional Series Timpani PRKG-20,23,26,29,32

Adams Chimes BK3003CF

Adams Concert Glockenspiel GCF-33

Adams Soloist Xylophone XSKF35


Symphonic Series Concert Bass PBM-3626

Pearl Concert Bass Drum Stand with Field Frame Wheels STBD-36F