Design Team Introduced for 2018 Season

Director Chris Moore has announced the team that will be designing Spirit of Atlanta’s 2018 Production.  The team features several key figures returning, as well as some new additions.  Sal Salas will return to Spirit in his role as Program Coordinator and Artistic Director, leading the team who will create the show concept.  Moore will serve as Music Coordinator and Brass Arranger for his third season, with David Coheley serving as a Music Consultant.  John Cypert will return for a third season as Percussion Coordinator and arranger of battery percussion.  New to the Spirit team is Matt Jordan who will serve as the Front Ensemble Arranger and Coordinator.  Matt comes to Spirit while serving as Front Ensemble arranger and coordinator for 2017 WGI Champions Music City Mystique, and his resume includes teaching and arranging work with Bluecoats, Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, and many other top ensembles.  Rounding out the music design will be Dr. Andy Poor, returning in the role of Brass Coordinator and Music Consultant, and Geoff Schoeffel who will once again serve as Spirit of Atlanta’s Sound Designer.

The visual design will be led by Drill Designers Jason Palmer and Gilles Ouelette, both returning for a third season.  Spirit of Atlanta is excited to welcome Chance Livar to the team as Color Guard Designer.  Livar has been serving as a Director of Black Gold Winterguard of Dallas, TX since 2013, and has DCI guard experience with The Cadets and Boston Crusaders.  Another new addition for 2018 is Roman Montoya who will serve in the newly-added role of Movement Specialist, working  with all aspects of visual choreography.  Montoya has spent 24 seasons as Director of Black Gold Winterguard in Dallas, and has extensive experience with guards at the high school and DCI level – including The Glassmen and Santa Clara Vanguard.

Moore says that “stability and consistency in our design program were critical to us.”  About Salas’ return, he said “Sal has long been admired for his vision to create unique programs and to enable those around him to succeed in their design. Under Sal’s leadership I am confident we will be able to continue Spirit’s positive momentum.”

Moore spoke of the new additions to the team, saying that Spirit of Atlanta is “very excited to be bring on board respected designers that have been very successful with their other ensembles. With the addition of Chance, Roman and Matt, I am confident that our members and staff will be given wonderful content to perform.  Adding a full time movement designer to our staff was a priority for the 2018 season. The activity continues to move to adding move movement to productions and we want to make sure we keep our vision forward.”

Additional staff announcements will be coming soon from Spirit of Atlanta, as Caption Supervisors are currently finalizing their teaching staff for 2018.



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