Meet the 2018 Hall of Fame Class

Spirit of Atlanta and the Hall of Fame Committee are proud to announce the inductees for the 2018 class of the Spirit of Atlanta Hall of Fame.

Please join us on Saturday May 19th to honor the new inductees, connect with friends, and help Spirit kick off the 2018 competitive season.

Tickets are now on sale for the Spirit of Atlanta Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – Saturday May 19th – Doubletree Hotel Roswell – 7:00pm


Tom Float:  Arranger and Percussion Caption Head from 1978 through 1981, Tom’s impact on the Spirit of Atlanta organization has been compared by many to that of Hall of Fame member Jim Ott.  Tom built a percussion program that rapidly rose to the top of the DCI activity and was highlighted by a first-place tie for the percussion title in 1980.  Tom’s leadership had such an impact on the activity that even decades later his Spirit drum lines are remembered and held in the highest esteem by drum corps fans.



Jim Clark:  A charter member and one of our first age-outs in the 1977 season,  Jim’s involvement with Spirit of Atlanta continued for decades.  Over the years Jim drove and repaired buses, built and piloted equipment trucks, and did essentially anything needed to keep the corps together for much of the 1980s.  But of all the good things that Jim has done, nothing compares to how he stepped up in later decades to fill the role of Chairman of the Friends of Spirit Board of Directors during much of the 2000s.  Jim will forever be remembered for generosity with his time, talents, and unmeasurable financial support.


Brad Caraway:  Coming to Spirit of Atlanta as an instructor – fresh off his marching years in the Madison Scouts color guard and drum line – Brad became even more of a “Jack-of-All-Trades” with our corps.  He began as a much-loved and well-respected visual instructor (it was known as “Marching and Maneuvering at the time), and followed with many years as a key part of the triple-threat corps management team of Brad, Jim Clark and Mike Back.  Their success as a team will never be forgotten.  Mike was inducted into the Spirit of Atlanta Hall of Fame last year, and Jim joins Brad as one of this year’s inductees.  Once a team, always a team.


Dr. Ken Bodiford:  In 2000,  the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners director pitched a novel – and certainly risky – idea.  Move the corps to JSU, where it would become an official performing ensemble of the JSU School of Music.  The board agreed leading to the evolution of Spirit from JSU,  giving the corps a much-needed infusion of resources.  Ken became the director, a position he held through 2007.  Under his guidance Spirit returned to DCI finals in 2002 for the first time in over a decade, and put the corps on a strong trajectory.  Ken Bodiford is one of a handful of people to hold the title of corps director over the past four decades, but his courage, leadership, and innovation helped transition Spirit from an organization in dire straits back to national prominence in DCI.


This year’s voting was very active, with a deserving selection of finalists.  We salute all of our other finalists including Will Campbell, Sal Salas, Tam Easterwood, Dr. Todd Snead, Mark & Nora Whisenant, and Kassi Gulliford.  For past members, current members, and future members, there is great prominence in sharing personal stories of the nominees and preserving the history of our corps.  Thank you to everyone who read the stories and to those who voted.

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