The Mission and Vision of Spirit of Atlanta


The mission of Spirit of Atlanta Incorporated is to provide youth with opportunities to develop and refine artistic, athletic, performance, and personal skills through positive, high-quality, and challenging arts education programs that emphasize character building, a strong work ethic, teamwork, and the pursuit of performance excellence.



To be an organization that enriches our communities by offering performing arts programs focused on diversity, character, leadership and lifelong excellence


The primary objective of Spirit of Atlanta is to provide challenging, high-quality programs for youth through a positive environment that emphasizes character and social development, leadership, self-discipline, and the pursuit of excellence.  Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, founded in 1976, is a nonprofit youth performing arts education organization based in Atlanta, GA.  The Drum and Bugle Corps is the core performing ensemble for Spirit of Atlanta providing an educational platform for other programs in the arts that support the Atlanta and surrounding communities.  Spirit of Atlanta first competed in 1977 and has since enjoyed DCI’s coveted “Top 12 Finalist” status 20 times.

The corps is comprised of 154 brass, percussion, and color guard members, ages 15 to 22, who perform an 11-minute show that integrates artistic and athletic skill in an entertaining display of outdoor pageantry. Although most of its members are from the Southeast, the popularity of Spirit of Atlanta has attracted members from all over the United States, Canada, and even Great Britain and Japan. Members are selected by audition based on their musical ability, movement skills, and attitude. These members represent some of the most talented musicians and performers from their communities.

Spirit of Atlanta is a member of Drum Corps International (DCI), a governing body that facilitates summer educational events, performances, and competitions for drum and bugle corps across the United States. The corps proudly represents the city of Atlanta and all of its diverse artistic communities at more than 30 competitions and exhibitions before a combined audience of over 300,000 fans every year.