2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

Spirit of Atlanta and the Hall of Fame Committee are proud to announce the inductees for the 2020 class of the Spirit of Atlanta Hall of Fame.

Join us in congratulating these special people for their longtime contributions to the Spirit of Atlanta organization.

Plans are still underway for the 2020 Spirit of Atlanta Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.   The event was orginally scheduled for Saturday May 16th at Doubletree Hotel Roswell, however we anticipate rescheduling this event to a later date due to current restrictions on social gatherings.  As soon as a firm date can be secured, we will make an announcement.

Because of the uncertainty, we will not open ticket sales until a date is confirmed.  However, you may make a reservation for a full table, half table, or individual tickets by completing the reservation form.  You will be notified as soon as the sales open and given priority to complete your purchase.

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Bob Hoehn: (d. 2007) Co-Founder of Spirit of Atlanta

Bob became the corps’ director (Freddy was President) during Spirit’s inaugural year. He guided the organization financially, logistically, and programmatically during its first few years, as well as navigating the DCI community of judges, rival corps, and administrators across the country. His stature in the larger drum corps community was a significant resource for Spirit and he was beloved by all who knew him. Bob assisted during the difficult mid-1990s, helping the corps secure a sponsorship from Peachtree City which enabled the corps to return after not competing in 1994, and again in the early 2000s when the corps transitioned into Spirit of JSU.


Dr. Todd Snead: Brass Caption Head 2009-2010, Asst. Corps Director 2011, Executive Director 2012 – 2013

Todd is perhaps best known for providing leadership for the corps through a period that saw Spirit climb back into DCI Finals in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for the first time since the mid-2000’s. The creative and competitive success of the corps under Todd’s leadership tells only a small fraction of the story. Like many of Spirit’s most important leaders and benefactors, the managerial and financial support that Todd brought to Spirit helped Spirit return to national prominence during that important time. He was also instrumental in returning the corps back to its home town and reviving the original “Spirit of Atlanta” name.


Tommy Maddox: Member 1977-1980 | Staff/Board of Directors 1981-2004

Tommy Maddox was a charter member whose marching career was the beginning of a long affiliation. He served as part of the instructional staff for 12 seasons, also joining the Board of Directors and serving as Chairman. Whether teaching marching, handling business affairs, or being the corps in-house attorney when it was necessary, Tommy always made sure Spirit of Atlanta was always in good hands. Among many contributions, his legal work to help protect Spirit of Atlanta was vital.  Tommy played a key role in creating the 501(c)(3) corporation that still manages the corps today.



John ArmstrongStaff 1977 – 1988

John was a key part of Spirit of Atlanta from the very beginning, when an Atlanta drum corps was just the idea of a South Cobb band director and some friends. One of the first staff members hired, Armstrong served on the teaching staff for 11 years and handled anything that the staff needed. In his own words, John “taught marching, worked with the horn line, participated in programming meetings, wrote the drill for Let It Be Me in 1978, arranged some music, lined fields, sold souvenirs, taught the original contra line, drove every vehicle Spirit owned, and helped talk Jim Ott into coming to Atlanta.”


We salute all of our other deserving finalists including Kassi Gulliford, Tommy Whitten, Nina Vono, Tyler Barron, and Gary Korizon.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations and votes, and to those who have been avid supporters of the Hall of Fame project.

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