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  1. Favorite year as MM

    I marched the first three years of Spirit of Atlanta, but my favorite year was our second year, 1978. We had finished in 23rd place at 1977 finals in Denver, so no one was expecting much out of our sophomore effort, despite having a lot of returnees from a year of almost all rookies. Jim Ott began telling us in the spring of 1978 that we had something special, but his words really didn't click with us until we got to the second show of tour, in Cedarburg, Wisc. That night, the crowd was electric, and we began to feed off the crowd's reaction to our still very-new corps from the South. The audience shot to their feet when we hit the company front in Let It Be Me, and remained standing for the rest of the show. It was pretty much like that the rest of the season, which was so much fun because NO one was expecting the sound that Jim Ott coaxed from us. We ended up the year in 6th place, missing the high horns trophy (which would later be named for Jim) by a mere .05. Not too shabby considering that only two of the horn players had ever even held a bugle before our first rehearsal for the previous season.
  2. Is Atlanta in or out?

    Not so fast, Randy. :) One of the four main walls of the Georgia Dome failed to fall during the implosion. https://atlanta.curbed.com/2017/11/20/16677816/photos-georgia-dome-implosion-downtown-atlanta-stadium-demolition
  3. There was once an all-girl corps from about 50 miles east of Atlanta called the Monroe Girls Corps, and they marched in eight Macy's Thanksgiving parades before disbanding in the early 70s. Here's a video of them from the 1966 parade...
  4. Is Atlanta in or out?

    My favorite video of today's Dome implosion was from The Weather Channel...
  5. Is Atlanta in or out?

    My first impressions of the new stadium, from Saturday's BOA regional: I had intended to move around and check out the sound from various sections, but once I got settled in on the front row near the 50 (where I usually try to sit when I'm shooting lots of photos), the seat was so comfortable that I didn't really feel like moving around, so I didn't. So I can report that the sound of the bands from the front row wasn't as bad as I was expecting, although you can't really understand anything from the PA announcer. One thing that I noticed that should significantly improve sound over the old Georgia Dome is that in most areas, there is a concrete wall separating the lower seating bowl from the concourse and concession stands, so you don't get that very loud noise bleeding over from the concourse into the seating area. In the Dome, if you sat in the top 1/3 or so of the lower deck, the noise from the concourse was very distracting. Did I mention that the seats are comfortable? By far the most comfy stadium seats that my butt has ever graced. Compared to the seats in the Ga. Dome, these are wider, more padded and have higher backs. Finally, the fancy retractable roof, which caused some of the construction delays and still isn't working properly, leaks. And not just a slow drip, drip, drip. (See link below for local TV story on the leaking roof.) http://www.wsbtv.com/video?videoId=634039764&videoVersion=1.0
  6. All time shows: Spirit of Atlanta

    I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, :) but I seem to recall checking once a few years ago, and 1980s .8 was the narrowest gap between 1st and 4th at DCI championships. That was an incredibly tight year.
  7. Is Atlanta in or out?

    Found this comment that addresses the horrible sound at the this week's Garth Brooks concert, but also touches on how the marching bands sounded at one of the college football games that have been played at the new MB Stadium... "I've been to the GT/Tenn game, a Falcons game, a United game, and the Garth concert. All four events have had the same inexplicably poor sound quality. Couldn't hear either marching band at the NCAA game, couldn't understand anything the referees said on field calling penalties, and couldn't understand a word of anything spoken from the stage last night."
  8. Is Atlanta in or out?

    Agreed that it's a bit apples vs. oranges, but a lot of the comments that I've heard today focused on the terrible echo in the building, which I would guess is by design, since the Falcons have already been fined by the NFL for piping in crowd noise, which to me means they built the place to be as noisy as possible. Interesting to read all the complaints on the Mercedes Benz Stadium's official Facebook page. To put it mildly, the stadium is taking a shellacking.
  9. Is Atlanta in or out?

    Hmmm. Wonder if this is any indication for what we can expect.... http://www.wsbtv.com/video?videoId=623962740&videoVersion=1.0 (BTW, the guy interviewed at :48 into the video clip marched drums in Spirit in the 80s. I've sent him an email asking for his assessment of how the stadium might sound for drum corps.)
  10. Is Atlanta in or out?

    Cool video of the demolition so far on the Georgia Dome. Final implosion is scheduled for later this year.
  11. Teal actually competed in six shows before heading home following the Centerville, Ohio, show on July 9. I was at the Centerville show, traveling with and shooting photos of Spirit of Atlanta, and something told me that night to go into the stadium early and shoot a bunch of pics of Teal Sound. After finding out the next day that they had folded and headed home, I was SO glad to have captured a couple hundred images of what turned out to be their last performance. https://www.facebook.com/mike.morris.581730/media_set?set=a.10151397398785910.396315.585195909&type=3
  12. Is Atlanta in or out?

    And the Falcons have already proven how serious they are about wanting a noisy stadium: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/falcons-fined-350k-lose-2016-draft-pick-over-crowd-noise-scandal/
  13. DCI 2017 Photos?

    Dawson, if you're looking for Southwind pics, here's a link to the SW photos that I shot at the show in Woodstock, Ga. https://www.facebook.com/mike.morris.581730/media_set?set=a.10155050011730910.1073742113.585195909&type=3
  14. Corps Income/Revenue Stream

    And if he hated Star, I'm sure he also really hated Spirit of Atlanta in the beginning when the corps had a corporate sponsor (the local ABC affiliate at the time) basically writing the corps a blank check each month. I'll say one thing, though. The affiliation with the TV station led to some pretty crazy fund-raising efforts. In late 1977, the station decided to throw a New Year's Eve party to raise money for the corps - rent a banquet hall, hire a band and sell tickets. Well, the station's marketing department took the idea and ran with it, and before we knew it, they had rented out a portion of the World Congress Center (the local convention hall), and hired the Charlie Daniels Band to play. Despite the high overhead, the party, which was called "SuperBall '78," made a decent amount of profit, which only emboldened the TV station to try to outdo themselves the following New Year's Eve. For Superball '79," the station rented out the ENTIRE convention center and hired a bunch of bands that, at the time, were major acts. The entertainment that night was Charlie Daniels Band, Little River Band, Ambrosia, Wet Willie and, get this, CHEECH & CHONG! Corps members were enlisted to work backstage that night, and I was assigned to Cheech & Chong's dressing room. Now THAT was an interesting night.
  15. New Mercedes Benz (ATL) Stadium

    DCI got lucky that weekend with such great weather for NightBEAT on Sunday as well as stellar weather for McEachern on Saturday, especially considering how abnormally rainy this summer has been in Atlanta.