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  1. No kidding. My last trip to finals, in 2011, I kept stalking Priceline for downtown hotel deals, and hit pay dirt on July 4, when I was able to book the Marriott Downtown, just a couple or three blocks from Lucas Oil, for Thursday through Sunday for just $58/nite.
  2. Dan Spalding was the drum caption head Spirit's inaugural season in 1977. Float didn't come on board until '78.
  3. I first met Don in the early summer of 1976 in Atlanta, and quickly realized that he was a show marketing genius. I had just graduated from high school, and our band booster club was sponsoring the first DCI show in the southeast later that summer at Georgia Tech's Grant Field, part of a tour and series of shows that Don was promoting for DCI. I, along with our drum major, were marching that summer with the Birmingham Charioteers, a Class A corps from Alabama. Don flew into Atlanta for a week and he, my h.s drum major and myself spent several days going to all of the TV and radio stations in Atlanta pimping the upcoming Drums Across America show. It must have worked, because 14,000 people showed up at Grant Field to see the Blue Stars, Royal Crusaders, Crossmen, CapitolAires, Sancions, Black Knights, Charioteers and Bleu Raiders. Don later moved to Atlanta and started a very successful parade production company. Rest in Peace, Don. DCI sure could use your expertise now in maximizing the tour model.
  4. Not arguing the effectiveness of the props, but I don't think that two consecutive 13th-place finishes puts Spirit into the "lower 1/3" of the activity. With 36 corps competing at last year's prelims, 13th place is a lot closer to the "top 1/3" of the activity than than the "lower 1/3."
  5. Spirit of Atlanta did Woman in the Moon from A Star is Born our inaugural season in 1977. (Fast-forward to 18:00 in this video)
  6. 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.
  7. Make sure you check out the Arby's/Spirit lovefest happening on Arby's Twitter feed:
  8. 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)
  9. 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.
  10. 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. 🙂
  11. 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.
  12. And like mine did in the mid-70s. Took a bunch of us about 800 miles to Whitewater for DCI Midwest in 1975.
  13. 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/