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Georgia General Assembly commends Court of Honor; Corps set to play "Salute to the Troops" concert in Atlanta Saturday

Georgia General Assembly commends Court of Honor; Corps set to play "Salute to the Troops" concert in Atlanta Saturday

by Drum Corps International

From a Court of Honor press release: The Georgia General Assembly has adopted a resolution recognizing and commending Court of Honor. The resolution recognizes Court of Honor for its inaugural year efforts and continuing progress, stating, "Court of Honor Drum and Bugle Corps, the only junior drum and bugle corps located in Georgia, represents the State of Georgia in competitions across the nation." Read by Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) and adopted by the Georgia Senate in February, the resolution also states that the governing body "Recognizes and heartily commends the Court of Honor Drum and Bugle Corps for its dedication, hard work, and standard of excellency."

Corps Executive Director Marc Kaufman commented, "We are thankful to the state for granting us this recognition and hope to do Georgians proud as we carry their banner in competition on the national level this summer."

The resolution in its entirety can be found online.

Meanwhile, Court of Honor has been selected to play the entire Saturday evening performance schedule at Stone Mountain Park's "Salute to the Troops: Red, White, Blue and Brave" event on May 29. The Memorial Day weekend event is one of the most attended venues in the Atlanta area, with predictions estimating more than 100,000 people attending over the three-day weekend, and more than 40,000 on hand for the Saturday evening performances. The headliner time slot was given to the corps as a result of a citywide talent search by four public relations/promotion companies hired by the park especially for this event. The initial contact with Court of Honor happened after one of the event coordinators saw the corps on DCI.org, and decided to follow the link to Court of Honor's Web site to investigate. Court of Honor executive director Marc Kaufman stated, "We love playing to this kind of enthusiastic crowd. The members of Court of Honor, all youth between 14 and 21 years of age, are the future of this country. It is important and appropriate that they be involved in a tribute to those, past and present, whose service to our country have provided and sustained the freedoms we have today." Staff coordinator Alan Armstrong added, "This is a great opportunity for our members to give back to those who gave and continue to give for all of us. It's also a great opportunity to show the metro Atlanta crowd what kind of performing organization they have available to their young people. As the only junior corps representing the state of Georgia, we hope to continue to attract the best and the brightest of the music education scene in our state as we grow in the future." Court of Honor will be performing patriotic selections as well as music from their upcoming competitive tour over three, 30-minute sets at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in front of the larger-than-life carving on the face of the mountain. A 20-foot stage and 22-microphone sound system (as if drum corps isn't loud enough without it!) will help the corps send its message of patriotism, character, and teamwork to the thousands in attendance.

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