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  1. Jim Ott was known to buy a few cases of beer for his horn line occasionally when we (Spirit) had an off-night on tour. He would give each of us who were 18 or older two beers at the end of rehearsal - and only two. There were only a couple of folks who were under 18, as I recall. Oh, and Jim loved Coors beer (not Coors Light, but the gold can), and it wasn't available east of the Mississippi back then, so these horn line beer gifts didn't commence until we crossed the Mississippi.
  2. Make sure you check out the Arby's/Spirit lovefest happening on Arby's Twitter feed:
  3. Don't know about high brass, but one year back in the 70s, Oakland Crusaders had the high percussion score in prelims - and didn't make Finals! (no semi-finals back then, just prelims and finals)
  4. Yes, the souvie marketplace will be set up outside the stadium tomorrow. DCI might have a souvie booth inside (not sure), but the corps are all outside. I think this paragraph from an AJC story earlier this year when they announced the cashless policy addresses the corps souvie stands, whether inside or outside the arena: Inside the stadium, the only exception to the cashless model could be souvenir sales for some events other than Falcons and Atlanta United games. The organizers of “third-party” events, such as concerts or college football games, will be able to sell their merchandise for cash if they choose. But the stadium’s food and beverage sales will be cashless at all events, whether the purchase is made from concession stands, bars, restaurants or hawkers.
  5. Even if everythingi n the stadium is cashless, that technically wouldn't affect the corps souvie stands, because they are set up outside the stadium. 🙂
  6. On a side note, the mayor of Flowery Branch, Mike Miller, is a Spirit of Atlanta alum, so you might see Mr. Mayor at Bluecoats rehearsal.
  7. And like mine did in the mid-70s. Took a bunch of us about 800 miles to Whitewater for DCI Midwest in 1975.
  8. Speaking of downtown hotels, if you have a reservation at the Sheraton Downtown, you need to look for a different hotel. They shut down last week for at least a month because of an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease. At least six recent guests have been diagnosed, and they are still trying to determine the cause, but the 760-room hotel - one of the largest in Atlanta - is closed for now. Side note: This is the hotel where DCI held it's winter meetings and Tour Event Partner meetings one year in the mid-2000s. https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/legionnaires-disease-outbreak-update-sheraton-atlanta-will-remain-close-until-least-mid-august/dCEMAY4F4F3idPxqDq1GzJ/
  9. At 2003 prelims, Spirit was 14th, 1.55 points behind the 12th-place Blue Knights. The following night at Semis, Spirit passed Blue Knights and Glassmen to claim the 12th spot in finals by a scant .15 point. So yes, never say never, and it's not over until the fat lady sings!
  10. Yep, my high school's "smoke hole" was just outside the cafeteria door, so every time someone went in or out the door, the smoke would waft in. We also had a rifle range under the stadium bleachers that the ROTC used. Imagine a gun firing range on a high school campus these days!
  11. Hopefully because Spirit's show was so hot it scorched the old yard lines right off the field. 🙂
  12. Please keep the Spirit kids in your thoughts tonight. A young alum (trumpet, 2015 and 16), who marched with many of this year's older vets, passed away earlier today, and they are pretty torn up as you can imagine. Suddenly, numbers are meaningless. From the Spirit of Atlanta Facebook page: Remembering Ian Dyer. Today we are mourning the recent loss of a 2015-2016 member. Ian was loved by everyone around him, and a great friend to all. We thank his family and friends for allowing us to play a big role in the last few years of his life. He will forever be remembered as a part of this family, and as an example of what a great member consists of. Tonight we dedicate it to you. Ian, gone too soon. With much love from the Spirit family, we send all of our thoughts to the family members of Ian Dyer through this hard time. *** ** ** **