Coltrin & Associates, a globally recognized strategic communications firm, will serve as the title sponsor of Drum Corps International's 2006 Coltrin & Associates Southeastern Championship, which will be held on July 29, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

This event marks the first competition held at a major stadium to be sponsored by a strategic communications firm and the first time Drum Corps International has named a title sponsor for a major regional event.

"As the title sponsor of the 2006 Coltrin & Associates Southeastern Championship, we are proud to support this outlet for passion, commitment and expression," said Stephen H. Coltrin, Chief Executive Officer, Coltrin & Associates. "I have seen first-hand the hard work, discipline and dedication that is required to participate in this spectacular, life-changing activity. The level of expertise the corps achieve approaches the professional quality of the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic or Broadway. Drum Corps International is unsurpassed in its ability to encourage excellence and commitment that will serve participants throughout their lives in any endeavor."

Coltrin was introduced to Drum Corps International through his then 14-year-old son, Wilson, who is an active participant in the drum corps activity. He has been impressed with the personal growth and development Wilson has experienced through his membership in the Division II Jersey Surf.

Coltrin & Associates, a firm whose professional portfolio includes top brands such as 3Com Corporation, Del Monte Royal Foods, Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee, U.S. Olympic Committee, Sony, Reebok, Burger King, Federated, Palm, BASF, Marriott and many others, is a long-time supporter and advocate for education. Since 1992, Coltrin & Associates, together with the International Radio & Television Society Foundation, Inc. (IRTS), has presented the Coltrin Award for Excellence in Communications Education and the Coltrin Professor of the Year Award to the nation's top Communications educators.

Coltrin serves as vice-chairman of the IRTS Foundation, and sits on the board of directors for other nonprofit organizations and publicly traded companies. The firm also acts as Drum Corps International's communications agency of record.

"Through support of sponsors like Coltrin & Associates, we are able to provide a music and performance education experience that takes students beyond the classroom and gives them a stage to showcase their talents as they perform in major stadiums across the nation," said Dan Acheson, Executive Director, Drum Corps International. "Drum Corps International's mission is more than creating world-class marching performances; our goal is to enable our performers with the skills and values needed to become world-class citizens."

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