Spirit of Atlanta names 2016 Brass Team

Director Chris Moore is proud to announce the lineup of talented educators who will be overseeing the brass program for Spirit of Atlanta’s 40th Anniversary season.

Brass Coordinator

Freddy Martin

FMartinFreddy Martin is the founding director of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.He held the position of executive director of the corps for fourteen years and is now Director Emeritus of the corps.Freddy is a member of the DCI Hall of Fame and was most recently the brass caption coordinator for the world-champion Phantom Regiment.Freddy has delivered clinics and seminars all over the country and in England. He is a Bands of America judge and a clinician for some of the finest high school marching and symphonic bands in the country. Freddy has given clinics in Georgia at the MusicEducators Convention, in Chicago at the Midwest Clinic, and for Spirit of Atlanta camps for the last 34 years.Freddy is currently band director at the prestigious Westminster Schools in Atlanta. Freddy’s son Chris is principal Trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra while his younger son Michael is a member of the Trumpet Section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.Teaching has been Freddy’s life, and he loves to share the knowledge he has gained over these 47 years of educating young people.

Brass Caption Supervisors

Errick Prince

EPrinceErrick Prince is very excited to be a part of the corps 40th anniversary!  He is an experienced music educator and instructor. Errick is a graduate of Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA where he was a trumpet student under Dr. Kenneth Kirk. Errick has worked as a Band Director in Georgia in addition to serving as a High School Marching/Concert/Symphonic Band Judge in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida.
He is an alumnus of the Bluecoats and the Spirit of Atlanta where he was Soloist/Section Leader. He has taught multiple years on the Brass Staffs of the Bluecoats, Cadets, and the Spirit of Atlanta where he also served as the Brass Caption Head. Errick was the Music Caption Head for the famous “Marching Southerners” of Jacksonville State University during his tenure as a Graduate Assistant under Dr. Ken Bodiford. He taught Jazz Band III and performed/assisted with Jazz I under Dr. Chip Crotts.
Errick currently works as a professional along with being a music professor at both Randolph and Lackland Air Force Bases. He was awarded a trumpet assignment in the US Air Force Reserve Band prior to being selected to serve as a Commissioned Officer. He performed as a Ceremonial Trumpeter/Honor Guard Bugler at several assigned duty stations. Errick also worked as a Contractor for Air Force Entertainment primarily as a “Tops In Blue” music ensemble specialist.
He has experience as a Studio Musician for multiple recorded projects. Errick has also enjoyed performing with Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Rob McConnell, Allen Vizzutti, Arturo Sandoval, Martin Berinbaum, and numerous other professional musicians.
Errick currently resides in San Antonio, TX with his wife Rebecca and their beautiful children Savaun and Errick, Jr. (EJ).

Clark Hunt
CHuntClark received his Masters in Trumpet Performance/Jazz Studies at Georgia State University, where he was the recipient of the Lead Trumpet Graduate Assistantship. Prior to his graduate studies, Clark received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University. Clark is currently the trumpet teacher at Greater Atlanta Christian School and Reinhardt University.
Clark was a marching member and soloist for Spirit of JSU from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, Clark was selected as a member of the inaugural cast of INergy in Indianapolis, where he served as a featured trumpet soloist. He was also a soloist for the Atlanta CorpsVets in 2009 and 2010 and has been on staff as a Trumpet Instructor for four years now. In addition to working with AtlantaCV, Clark was the High Brass Coordinator at Spirit of Atlanta from 20112013. He is currently serving as a Brass Technician with the Seventime World Champion Cavaliers from Rosemont, Illinois.
In addition to his teaching activities, Clark remains active as a freelance trumpeter in and around the Atlanta area. Professionally, Clark has performed with jazz greats, Loe Lovano, Wycliffe Gordon, Carl Fischer, Steve Houghton, Terrell Stafford, Jerry Weldon, Eddie Daniels, and Vince Gardner. Clark is the band leader for the DriveBy Big Band Atlanta and plays frequently with Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, the Georgia Brass Band, and the Beltline Brass Quintet. He has also performed with many groups around the area such as: Salsa great, Orquestra MaCuba, The Douglas Cameron Orchestra, the Joe Gransden Big Band, and The Macon Pops Orchestra.
Clark, his lovely wife Annie, and daughter Dylan Rose, reside in Marietta, Georgia

Caption Leader

Scott Carter
SCarterScott is from Pass Christian, Mississippi and is a graduate of Jacksonville State University.  At JSU Scott was part of the nationally known JSU Marching Southerners.  He served as a section leader and soloist with the band, and was on staff from 2005-2007.  He was also a member of the JSU Chamber Winds, Symphonic Band, Hardcorps Pep Band, JSU Brass Choir, JSU Jazz I and JSU Jazz II.  After graduating from Jacksonville State with a Bachelors of Art in Music, Scott attended the Florida State University to do Masters work in Euphonium Performance under Professor Paul Ebbers.   While there he held the principal euphonium position in the FSU Wind Orchestra.

Scott began his drum corps career in 1993 with the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from Montgomery Alabama.  He marched from 1993-1997 and was section leader from 95- 97 and Horn Seargant from 96-97.  Scott toured with the Madison Scouts for a week in 1998 to train as a Tour Manager, a position he held with Southwind from 1999-2001.  His DCI teaching experience began with Southwind where he served as a visual technician from 2002-2003.  In 2004 Scott joined the brass staff at the Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps from Jacksonville Alabama where he taught for four years as a baritone technician and Assistant Brass Caption Head in 2007.

Scott is currently the horn line instructor for the Coosa High School Band in Rome GA and holds the solo euphonium chair for the Roman Festival Brass.

Brass Consultants

Donny Allen
DAllenDr. Donald F. Allen, Jr. has extensive experience as a band director at university and secondary school levels in North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. He holds the BM and MM from East Carolina University, and the DMA from the University of Memphis. He is currently the Director of Bands at South Forsyth High School, in Forsyth County, Ga.  Donny’s secondary school teaching experience also includes service as the Director of Bands at West Craven High School in Vanceboro, North Carolina.

Dr. Allen previously served as the Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Central Florida.  Additionally, he was the Coordinator for Instrumental Music Education.  Donny has also served as the Assistant Director of Bands for the Georgia Institute of Technology. There he was Conductor of the Wind Ensemble and the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands.

Dr. Allen has extensive experience in the marching arts. He was a member of the Bluecoats for three seasons, then served for fourteen seasons there as a brass instructor.  Donny previously served as brass and visual instructor for the Spirit of Atlanta in the early 90’s and from ’03 – ‘07.

Dr. Allen served in the U.S. Army bands as staff conductor and horn player for the Infantry Band at Ft. Benning, GA and the Signal Corps Band at Ft. Gordon, GA.  He holds membership in the International Horn Society, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu, and honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

He and his wife, Deborah, live in Marietta, GA with their son, Daniel.

Alan Armstrong
AArmstrongAlan Armstrong is in his 28th year of music education in the public school systems of Alabama and Georgia. Mr. Armstrong has enjoyed an extensive career in the Drum and Bugle Corps activity over the last 34 years. He began his career as a performer with the Spirit of Atlanta where he later served on staff for 15 years in roles ranging from brass technician to Brass Co-Caption Head and arranging consultant. He was named the founding Program and Instructional Coordinator for the Court of Honor Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003 and guided the corps to a fourth place finish in Division III and an undefeated season in brass in only their second year of existence. He served as the Brass Caption Head for the Memphis Sound in 2005 before moving into judging for DCI from 2006 through 2011. In 2008 and 2009, he served as the visual caption head for Atlanta CV, an all age corps in Atlanta. in 2010, he took over the as the Brass Caption Head for the corps. In 2012, he added responsibilities as the staff coordinator for the corps as well. Since that time, the corps has enjoyed the most competitive seasons in their history including record high scores and a top five finish at the DCA World Championships in 2015. He will serve as the Program and Instructional Coordinator for CV in the 2016 season as well as serving his third season as a member of the brass staff at the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.
He currently is in his 20th year as the Director at Northgate High School in Newnan Georgia where he opened the school in 1996. His bands consistently receive superior ratings and championship honors in concert, marching and jazz events. The Northgate program was one of the first three high schools recognized with the Georgia Music Educators Association Exemplary Performance Award in 2012 for excellence in all facets of music education His top wind ensemble at Northgate has performed for the Georgia State Leadership Convention, performed for Ambassadors from Gifu, Japan and has been one of the featured guest bands at the University of Alabama Honor Band Clinic. His marching bands have appeared in the Alabama Governors Inaugural Parade and holiday parades in San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, IL, New York City and Hollywood, CA.

He is active as a clinician, consultant, composer and arranger for marching bands, concert bands and drum corps in the United States as well as Japan. In addition to judging for DCI, he has served as an adjudicator for band circuits nationwide. He is a member of National Association for Music Educators, National Band Association, Georgia Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Patrick Hinton
PHintonPatrick Hinton, a native of Alabama, currently resides in Lawrenceville, GA where he enjoys teaching a music studio comprised of all brass instruments. He is a founding member of the Beltline Brass Quintet, a dynamic chamber ensemble serving the greater Atlanta area.

Patrick received his undergraduate degree from Jacksonville State University, and a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of Alabama. His primary teachers are John Thomas, Chris Hosmer, and Demondrae Thurman.

He has served on the faculty of Mississippi State University as Adjunct Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium. He has performed with numerous ensembles including the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Brass Band, Mercury Orkestar, and the UA Faculty Brass Quintet, among others.

Active in the Drum Corps International community, Patrick is entering his third season as a brass instructor for The Cavaliers, seven-time DCI World Champions. He previously served as Low Brass Coordinator for Spirit of Atlanta for six seasons, and has worked with Atlanta CV drum and bugle corps for three seasons. Patrick marched with the Spirit of JSU from 2002-2004.

Brass Technicians

Adam Daniel – High Brass
ADanielAdam Daniel graduated from Jacksonville State University with a B.A in Music Education. During his time there, he marched in the Marching Southerners and served as the trumpet section leader and lead trumpet soloist. He also played lead/solo trumpet in the top jazz band and sat principal chair in the top concert ensemble. He played in various jazz combos, musicals, operas, chamber groups, and pep bands. In addition to performing, he arranged music for the JSU basketball pep band, Hardcorps. Mr. Daniel played lead trumpet and was a soloist for both the Madison Scouts in 2005 and Spirit in 2006.

Adam Daniel has been a band director for 7 years. He started his career in 2009 at Callaway Middle School in Lagrange, GA. During his 2 years there, he tripled the number of band students and expanded the program by adding a pep band and jazz band. Mr. Daniel is currently in his 5th year as director of the Coosa High School Band in Rome, GA. He has more than doubled the size of the program during his tenure there. Mr. Daniel consistently receives superior ratings both on the marching field and on the concert stage. His band and color guard frequently receive best-in-class awards at marching competitions.

Mr. Daniel is a working musician and music arranger. He arranges music for high school and middle school bands throughout the southeast. He currently plays trumpet with such ensembles as the Northwest Georgia Winds, Roman Festival Brass, Clocktower Jazz Ensemble, Brewhouse Big Band, Rome Symphony Orchestra, various jazz combos, pit orchestras, and church orchestras. He also attends and serves as the pianist for Fair Haven Baptist Church in Farill, Alabama. He resides in Rome, Georgia with his wife, Melanie, and his son, Grant.

Chris Sink – Low Brass
CSinkChris Sink graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree in Music Education. While marching at West Georgia, Sink served as a drum major and in other leadership roles. His drum corps experience includes marching one season with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps (2003), one season with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2005), and three seasons with the Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps (2008-2009, 2011). Chris also served on the visual staff (2010) and was the Visual Caption Head for Atlanta CV for two years (2011-2012).

Sink is currently the Assistant Director at Northgate High School in Newnan, GA. He served for one year as the Assistant Director of Bands at Heritage High School in Conyers, GA before coming to Northgate in the same role in 2009. His marching bands consistently receive high ratings and championship honors in visual and music performance. He also currently serves as a visual consultant and drill writer for numerous bands throughout the southeast. In 2013, Sink received the “30 Under 30” award from the University of West Georgia. The program recognizes 30 alumni that are under the age of 30 that have made a significant impact in their career field. Sink is extremely excited to be returning home to the Spirit of Atlanta.

Bryan Sintos – High Brass
BSintosBryan Sintos is a freelance musician and educator from Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in music from Jacksonville State University. Sintos performed as a marching member of Spirit of Atlanta for five years from 2000-2002 and 2004-2005. He marched in both the mellophone and trumpet sections. He is an active clinician for indoor and outdoor high school music programs and has been teaching the brass program at Peachtree Ridge H.S. since 2010. He worked on the brass staff at Atlanta CV in 2013 and 2014. He is a premier cast member of Pulse The Show and and and active performer and studio musician in and around Atlanta. Sintos has a passion for educating young adults and enjoys seeing students achieve life goals and pursue new horizons through the vehicles of music and the marching arts.

 

Mike Sessoms – High Brass
MSessomsMike Sessoms is currently in his 29th year of teaching and his 27th as director of bands at Awtrey Middle School in Kennesaw, Ga. He began his teaching career in 1987 as the assistant director of bands at Newnan High School in Newnan, Ga. Mike received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. and holds a master’s degree in School Leadership and Administration from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.
Mike was a Spirit of Atlanta member from 1982-1986. He played soprano and mellophone and was mellophone section leader and soloist in 1985 and 1986. Mike was a member of the brass staff from 1987-1990. Mike and his wife Tracie, who was a Spirit of Atlanta color guard member from 1981-1986 reside in Powder Springs, Ga. with their daughters Hannah and Ashley and their Labrador Retriever Sophie.

 

Adam Swan – Low Brass
ASwanAdam is a music educator currently residing in Thomasville, Ga. He was a marching member of Spirit of Atlanta from 2003-2005. He was also a staff member at Magic of Orlando drum and bugle corps in 2006. Adam is a 2010 graduate of Jacksonville State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Over the years, Adam has worked with a number of highly successful high school bands from across the southeast. He is currently working as a pro shop salesman and a bartender in Thomasville. When he’s not working, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and pets. Adam is very excited to come back to Spirit of Atlanta and give to the members the same experiences he was lucky enough to receive as a marching member.

 

Casey Thomas – Low Brass
CThomasOriginally from Cedartown, Georgia, Dr. Casey Thomas is an adjunct instructor of low brass at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He is also an instructor at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. Dr. Thomas completed both his Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance and pedagogy from The University of Iowa in Iowa City and his Bachelors degree in music education from JSU. During his time at JSU, he served as hornline coordinator of the Marching Southerners and was a brass technician with Spirit for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Dr. Thomas also owns Solid Brass Music Company, an online sheet music publishing and retail service and www.brassmusician.com, an online magazine for brass instrumentalists. Previous academic appointments were at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, and Cornell College and Saint Ambrose University, both in Iowa.

 

Steven Watson – High Brass
SWatsonSteven Watson currently serves as the Director of Athletic Bands at Reinhardt University and Brass Caption Supervisor for Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle corps. Previously Steven held the position of Artist in Residence at Kennesaw State University. Highly active as a freelance trumpet player, Steven performs with numerous ensembles in and around the Southeast, as well as, making many solo appearances each year. In addition to his teaching and performing responsibilities he is in frequent demand as a clinician and adjudicator. Watson is a proud Alumnus of the Jacksonville State Marching Southerners and Spirit of Atlanta.