Martin to be First Hall of Fame Inductee

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Spirit of Atlanta founder and Director Emeritus Freddy Martin will become the first person honored with induction into the Spirit of Atlanta Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Committee for Spirit of Atlanta is proud to announce our inaugural inductee into the Spirit of Atlanta Hall of Fame. On June 25, 2016, Spirit of Atlanta will proudly welcome Freddy Martin as the first member of our élite Hall.

In 1976, Freddy founded Spirit of Atlanta with the help of his wife Lynda, associate Bob Hoehn, and the support of local television station WXIA. He served as director of the corps until 1993 and in the years since has been involved in many ways including being named Director Emeritus. He returned to the corps in 2015 for our 40th Anniversary season to serve as Brass Coordinator. Martin has long been a leader in the DCI activity and was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2006.

In deciding the best possible choice for how to begin the ambitious creation of a Hall of Fame, one thought was clear and recurring among the Hall of Fame Committee, tasked with identifying an initial honoree: “Freddy stands alone.”  Without the vision, passion, and dedication of Freddy Martin, there would be no Spirit of Atlanta. While any number of incredibly important people from Spirit’s history could have been selected for this honor, it was a unanimous decision and a popular choice. Beginning this fall, the Hall of Fame Committee will be presenting a detailed process for nominating and selecting Hall of Fame inductees going forward. The multi-step process will be inclusive and open, allowing a voice for all constituents of Spirit of Atlanta’s long and beloved history.

Freddy Then and Now

Then and now. Freddy Martin in the summer of 1982 and today serving as Brass Coordinator.

Martin will be enshrined into the Hall during a special Induction Ceremony on June 25th at 5 Seasons Brewing Westside.  Among the special guests contributing to the presentation are long-time DCI broadcaster Steve Rondinaro; DCI Executive Director Dan Acheson; and keynote speaker Dan Potter, host of DCI’s “Field Pass” series of podcasts.  Tickets are on sale now for the Ceremony, which also includes a full concert performance by Joe Gransden’s Big Band.  Spirit of Atlanta Alumnus Ross Iddings will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the night.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.spiritdrumcorps.org/hall-of-fame