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Jacksonville, Alabama

JSU Acquires "Spirit of Atlanta"
Drum and Bugle Corps

Jamie M. Eubanks
JSU News Bureau

JACKSONVILLE -- June 7, 2001 -- For years, the Spirit of Atlanta has marched and twirled its way into hearts in Jacksonville, Alabama and all across the United States. Now Spirit's mesmerizing show will call Jacksonville State University home.

Drums Across America was the name of the annual Drum Corps International competition held at JSU. But now that JSU has acquired Spirit of Atlanta, the competition will be known as Spirit of America.

The competition will not be the only one with the name change. Spirit of Atlanta will be called Spirit of Jacksonville State University. And as the drum and bugle corps travels across the nation competing against other corps for the Drum Corps International title, JSU's name will travel right along with it. Students will also get college credit while participating in Spirit.

JSU is already known statewide and throughout the entire Southeast for its Marching Southerners.

"With the addition of Spirit, we'll now have two marching ensembles -- the Marching Southerners in the fall and Spirit in the summertime," says Ken Bodiford, director of bands at JSU.

Drum Corps International championship is an annual battle of the bands. Students practice their amazing shows for weeks upon end, and then travel across the country displaying their talents for some 4,000,000 viewers.

These talents are not restricted to playing brass and percussion instruments. Drum corps are also know for dancers and color guard members.

Spirit will take the field for the first time under its new name Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Paul Snow Stadium at JSU. The Blue Devils, The Cavaliers, Scenic City, Cadets and Crossmen will all be featured as well. Reserved seating is $25.00/$15.00 and is available through Ticketmaster at 1-800-277-1700.

General admission seats are available through JSU for $10.00 at 256-782-5908.

A majority of the proceeds will benefit Spirit at JSU.


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