Meet Spirit of Atlanta’s 2017 Brass Team

Spirit of Atlanta is excited to announce our 2017 Brass Instructional Team.  According to Director Chris Moore, the staff has close to 190 years of drum corps experience and knowledge to bring to the organization.  Combined with degrees from the top universities and world-class professional playing experience, Spirit’s goal is to provide a great education, and a challenging and rewarding performance opportunity for members.

Andy Poor

Andy Poor

The 2017 staff is led by Caption Supervisor Freddy Martin, a member of both the DCI and Spirit of Atlanta Hall of Fame, and also the Director Emeritus of Spirit.  His pedagogy and philosophy on brass performance is the cornerstone of our approach to brass education.  Martin will be teaming again this year with Caption Head Andy Poor who has previously served as an adjudicator for DCI and DCM and taught various drum corps, including Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, Blue Stars, and Pacific Crest.  His graduate education was completed at the University of Cincinnati where he earned his Master of Music in trumpet performance and Doctor of Music Education. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida. Dr. Poor is a music educator who brings a wealth of varied educational and performance experiences to the corps and we are excited to build upon the foundation we laid with the brass members this past year.

The remainder of the staff for the upcoming season includes many returning members of the 2016 staff, and lots of familiar faces from the Spirit of Atlanta family.  Alan Armstrong will serves as a brass consultant again this season.  The high brass lineup includes Clark Hunt, Daniel Roebuck, Richard Selby, Steven Watson, Mike Sessoms, and Bryan Sintos, all members of the Spirit team and highly-recognized educators and musicians.   On the low brass side, Spirit is proud to welcome back Bruce Fisher,  Adam Swan, Alex Swindle, Daniel Scott, and Patrick Hinton for another season.   Rounding out the 2017 staff are Interns Kayla Poor and Nick Walker

Poor says, “This is a team of great people, superb musicians, dedicated educators and every one of them brings a variety of drum corps experiences to help the members have a great experience. When you assemble a team for this activity, there is not much more you can ask for. This is going to be a great year. We cannot wait to get started!”

See the complete bios and learn more about our 2017 Brass Education Team here.