Spirit of Atlanta Announces Design Team and Caption Supervisors

Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps is proud to announce our Design and Instructional Team for the 2016 Season.  Veteran designer Adam Sage will be leading the creative team as Visual and Artistic Design Advisor.  Sage brings more than 20 years of design and leadership experience at the DCI and WGI level to Spirit as we prepare for its 40th Anniversary season.  Most recently a part of the design team for the Boston Crusaders, Sage’s DCI résumé includes multiple seasons with innovators of the activity like Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, Cavaliers, and Crossmen.  He has also worked with many highly-regarded marching band and Winter Guard programs.

The musical portions of Spirit of Atlanta’s 2016 production will be arranged by Chris Moore, Spirit’s Corps Director and current director of Athletic Bands at Georgia Tech, and by Percussion Arranger/Coordinator John Cypert.  Best known for his role with the University of Georgia Redcoat Band, Cypert has been their Percussion Coordinator and Arranger for nearly 15 years. In addition to UGA, Cypert currently teaches music at Duncan Creek Elementary School.  He has also worked with the Crossmen in DCI, WGI Champions Pariah Percussion Theater, and WGI finalist Odyssey Percussion.

Jason Palmer joins Spirit of Atlanta 2016 as Visual Designer and Caption Supervisor, overseeing writing of the drill and body movement components of the show as well as the instructional aspects of the visual team.  Currently on staff at Mt. Juliet HS in Tennessee, Palmer also has a long and successful history with notable DCI organizations like Santa Clara Vanguard, Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, Glassmen, and the Colts.  He has worked with key groups in WGI’s Indoor Percussion arena, including Gateway Indoor and 7-time World Champion Music City Mystique.

Gilles Ouellette will also serve as a Visual Designer for 2016.  A past assistant Director for the Boston Crusaders and Visual Designer for the Glassmen, Gilles has worked in staging and teaching for many ensembles in marching and visual arts like the Spartans Drum & Bugle Corps, Les Stentors, and many notable high school programs including Westminster HS, MD; New Oxford HS, PA; Mt. Juliet HS, TN; Booneville HS, MS; New Bedford HS, MA; U Mass Lowell HS, MA; and Oak Grove HS, AL.

Errick Prince returns to the Spirit of Atlanta family to serve as Co-Brass Supervisor.  His drum corps background includes stints with Spirit of Atlanta as a caption head, Bluecoats, and the Cadets.  He has also served as head of the music program for the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners and is currently a music professor at both Randolph and Lackland Air Force Bases.

Also new to Spirit’s instructional leadership are Percussion Supervisor Jonathan Duke and Color Guard Supervisor/Designer Kevin Griner.  Duke currently leads the Percussion program at South Carolina’s Dorman HS including their successful indoor percussion program.  In addition, Duke has taught at a number of highly-regarded high school band programs in Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, the West Georgia College band program, and at the DCI level for Spirit of Atlanta, Magic of Orlando, and Scenic City Drum & Bugle Corps.

Kevin Griner is the Executive Director of the UCF Pegasus Winter Guard programs, the 2014 WGI World Champions and perennial finalists. He is also the current Director of Colorguard for the Central Florida Marching Knights.  His background includes more than 20 years as an entertainment performer and stage manager for the Walt Disney Company.  He is an active clinician and colorguard adjudicator and has 25 years of experience in both WGI and DCI guard programs.

2016 will be a historic season for Spirit of Atlanta.  Founded in 1976, the legendary corps celebrates its 40th Anniversary this season.  Auditions for membership begin with two Atlanta-area Audition Camps, scheduled for November 27-29 and December 11-13.  Additional details and registration for prospective members can be found online at spiritdrumcorps.org.