JSU Hosts Teen Musicians From Throughout the Southeast


High school musicians from across the Southeast converged on campus last week for the annual Spirit Camp, a five-day training session where teens learn music and leadership skills to take back to their marching bands.

The camp, now in its fourth decade, was started in 1978 by former JSU Marching Southerner Freddy Martin and his wife, Lynda, also a graduate of JSU. Martin, himself a high school band director, had founded the renowned Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps a year earlier in 1976, hence the name "Spirit Camp." The camp, which has been held at several universities in Georgia and Alabama over the years, returned home to JSU last year.

Between Tuesday and Saturday, the students attended classes in leadership, color guard and percussion, learning the music and drill moves for a culminating performance on Saturday.

Learn more about Spirit Camp here