Spirit U – FAQ

Spirit U 2021 will be presented in a virtual format on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. This format will enable students of ALL ages from all over the world to receive the same level of instruction from our World Class educators.


Are there specific age requirements to participate in Spirit U?

We can accommodate students of all ages, but we recommend the students be between the ages of 12-18.

Do I need marching experience to attend Spirit U?

Marching experience is not required, however, it is highly recommended that students have at least basic marching band experience. Spirit U is design to grow and enhance skills that have already been taught, and not necessarily as an entry to marching band techniques.

Students will be instructed on all traditional marching band instruments including marching brass, woodwinds, battery and front ensemble percussion/electronics, as well as colorguard.  We also offer a course for conductors/drum majors, however it is expected that those campers bring their primary instrument as well (if it is a marching instrument), so they can fully participate in ALL sessions of the courses.

How much is tuition?

Tuition for this virtual experience is $125

What does my tuition cover?

  • A virtual full day with the Spirit of Atlanta staff, designers and members
  • Access to real-time Spirit of Atlanta rehearsal footage as we prepare for our Summer season
  • The “Let It Be You” pedagogy packet used for our Spirit of Atlanta Drum Corps audition process (a $40 value)
  • Access to our Spirit U “QUICK TIPS” video series
  • A Spirit U camp t-shirt
  • Possible performance with Spirit of Atlanta at an in-person Preview Show on Friday, July 30. Location TBA.

What will the day look like?

The day is structured to be what a member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps experiences on a rehearsal day.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE (the final schedule will be sent to registrants July 1)

9:00am – Introduction meeting and schedule overview

9:15am – FITNESS BLOCK – Students will learn from our fitness team how to train themselves to be physically prepared for the demands of the marching arts.

10:00am – VISUAL BLOCK (winds, battery and guard – front ensemble to sectionals) – Participants will be shown by our professional staff proper techniques to improve their marching skills and observe a live “virtual” marching rehearsal.

12:00pm – LUNCH BREAK

1:30pm – CAPTION MEETINGS/ MUSIC REHEARSAL – Campers will hear from our talented educators and learn about specific pedagogical attributes to help develop good practice and rehearsal strategies for success in performance. Students will also work through additional pedagogical material and prepare a couple of musical selections including a segment of the 2021 production “The Bottle Tree”.

4:00pm – DESIGN TEAM ROUNDTABLE – Campers will learn from the Spirit Design Team about the process of putting together a World Class Drum Corps production.

5:00pm – DEVELOPING GREAT LEADERS – Students will learn the fundamental approach to leadership focusing only on goal setting and team-building and techniques for becoming a great servant-leader in your band program and helping all of your members succeed.


8:00pm – SPIRIT OF ATLANTA ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL – All participants will have access to the LiveStream of the Drum Corps full ensemble rehearsal including a run through of the 2021 production “The Bottle Tree”.

What should I have with me to attend virtual Spirit U camp?

Most importantly, your instrument or guard equipment.

What if I can’t attend Spirit U on July 13th? Is there a way to still watch the courses and videos?

YES. We will make the recordings available to anyone that registers for Spirit U.

How can I contact the organizers with any questions?

E-mail us at spiritU@spiritdrumcorps.org

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