Morgan Nash comes back from Spirit Atlanta

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Adam Stout

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This past summer, Morgan Nash, a Junior at Lanier High School, toured around the state with Spirit of Atlanta. Spirit of Atlanta is a world-class drum and bugle corps, founded in 1976. The corps is composed of brass, percussion, and color guard members, from ages 15 to 22, who perform an 11-minute show that includes athletic skill and colorful shows and displays. “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,” according to their website.

Nash auditioned last spring and earned a spot in Spirit of Atlanta, to march and go on tour this summer. Nash was eager to attend and was supported by lots of friends and family. 

When asked how marching with Spirit of Atlanta was, Nash responded, “It was definitely a good experience. It was a lot of work, but at the end of the day, I’m very glad I did it because it helped me grow as a person, a musician, and a marcher. I got to meet so many great people.”

In addition to the fun she had while marching, she also had to endure lots of training to make sure she was at her best when performing. During the day, training consisted of visual block (working on marching technique and sound) and learning drill (spots a marcher should go to during a performance). After a break for meals, she works on show music and fundamentals. Finally, after all the hard work, the group executes a full ensemble last.

Overall, Nash enjoyed the experience, fulfilling the reasons she joined marching in the first place. “When I was a freshman I saw YouTube videos of drum corps, like ‘Metamorph,’ and I was obsessed with that show [a Blue Devils, 2017 show]. And I was like, ‘Okay, I want to do that’ and that’s why I did it. It seemed really fun and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Nash encourages others to do what interests them and have fun doing it. “Just try out, even if you don’t think you’re good enough,” she says. “When I decided I was going to audition, I thought there was little to no chance for me to get a contract. But taking that leap was the absolute best decision I’ve ever made, and I hope that every younger marcher who wants to march in the drum corps will do the same.”

  1. (n.d.). The Mission and Vision of Spirit of Atlanta. Spirit of Atlanta. Retrieved September 15, 2021, from https://spiritofatlanta.org/mission/