Drum Corps International and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps would like to make the following joint statement.
As Spirit of Atlanta has examined the task ahead of us to provide the safest and best experience to members, staff, and volunteers, and also in consultation with DCI, we have made the decision to go on hiatus and reorganize during the 2022 season. Spirit of Atlanta believes that this is the best path forward to serve our mission, build the infrastructure that we know that we need for our future success, and to build the corps that we want to be. We believe that stepping back will allow Spirit to deeply analyze the changes that will help this organization and activity make the improvements needed to provide the highest standards for the health, safety, and social-emotional needs of our participating youth. Spirit of Atlanta and DCI collectively believe that it is in the best interests of all to complete this important work and return as a competitive corps in 2023.
We look forward to returning to the field soon.
George A. Dickinson, Board Chair, Spirit of Atlanta Inc.
David Starnes, Executive Director, Spirit of Atlanta Inc.
Chris Moore, Corps Director, Spirit of Atlanta Inc.
See also: DCI Statement, January 9, 2022