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Help Tyler Come Home To Spirit

$55 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 4 months
Perla Middleton  STATESBORO, GA

For those who are new to this campaign, I am Tyler Middleton, a Junior at Statesboro High I've been playing tuba since 6th grade and been a Marching Blue Devils for 3 years. The summer following my sophomore year, I set out to conquer the goal of being one of the few students in my high school to march a World Class Corps, and I achieved it thanks to many of you.

I do not even know where to begin... The first words that come to mind are WOW & THANKS! You who were so instrumental in making my dream of marching with the Spirit of Atlanta a reality.


The next thing that comes to mind is what a mind-blowing, gut-wrenching, exhausting, rewarding, powerful, inspiring, relentless, exciting, enigmatic, surreal and worthwhile experience this was. The 12 hours of rehearsals, 20 shows, sleeping on air beds, sleeping on buses and waking up in 14 different states, performing back to back shows with no time to stop and smell the roses all pales in comparison to the amazing brothers and sisters, I gained through the process, the experiences we shared, the superb instruction I received or the simple fact that my family, friends, and community supported me on a far-fetched dream to march with a World Class Corps and I did it!


Today, I have come to you with a similar request, I ask that you help me come home to spirit, help me return to my Baby Blue family this summer, I am auditioning so I can show our newest members the same amazing leadership that was shown to me. I hope to be another member's big brother or to gain a new sister and be reunited with the rest of my corps family. It goes without saying that the selection process is hard & only the cream of the crop will be chosen, but I hope that my unending efforts on and off the field, along with my skills, were proof to the staff that I deserve to return.
The experience is not cheap by any means, tuition ranges between $3500-$4000 dollars for the summer and covers room & board, materials, tuition, registration fees and so on. And then there are about $1000 of incidentals (which I was not really prepared for last year and learned the hard way, to include in my budget). I humbly ask you, my friends and family, if you can spare a few dollars to assist me in fulfilling of this amazing opportunity, please do so. No donation is too small!


Thank you for supporting during what turned out to be an amazing rookie season and actually get to play in front of a record-breaking crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium, it is an experience and a dream I will not soon forget and am aching to repeat.


We had our first audition camp December 2nd - 4th, with the second one happening on December 17th and from then on, there are monthly camps during the spring until move in time in May.


If you are not familiar with Drum Corps- it's a national phenomenon where young people (who love band a little too much) tour the US in a competitive performance group representing the marching band arts both musically and athletically at a near professional level. In other words, a group of the best of the best who come together, train hard and compete nationally while putting their best effort on the field all based on the Military roots of a Drum and Bugle Corps.

Below is a link for a short video of an initiative Drum Corps had Spirit of Atlanta help to encourage more participation in music-related activities at a young age, This is so important in a day and age where the performing arts are taking so many cuts in schools. These kids were so inspired by us and our dedication, we really had a blast with all of the students. Bandtastic Georgia Honor Band I appear in the video at around 17 seconds in and a few other times.

In case you want to check out our semi-final performance this summer, get comfy, grab some popcorn and a drink and get ready to enjoy a 12-minute video of our production Georgia. I am the Contra (or tuba) second from the right just about every time... Even get some close ups every now and again. 


Click here to see our Bravelets Fundraiser Click here to see our T-shirt Fundraiser

If you are not familiar with Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and their rich history in the state dating back to 1976, click here to learn more.

Spirit is a member of Drum Corps International (DCI) , a governing body that facilitates summer educational events, performances, and competitions for drum and bugle corps throughout the summer all across the United States. The season ends in August with the weeklong DCI World Championships. SOA proudly represents the city of Atlanta at more than 30 competitions and exhibitions before a combined audience of over 300,000 fans. SOA first competed in 1977 and has since enjoyed DCI’s coveted “Top 12 Finalist” status 18 times.

With a gratitude filled heart!
Tyler
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Update 4
Posted by Perla Middleton
1 month ago
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Yesterday we played at the NASCAR race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was great to get back out there and do what I love. We had pit passes and got really close to the track. Josh Turner opened for us, ha! We played America the Beautiful for a crowd of 100,000... It was a goosebumps moment. The ending echoed beautifully. Take a peek at the video on the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps Facebook Page or on my mom's page. Please consider supporting this endeavor of mine with any donations you can below. Keep the music alive!

With a grateful heart,
Tyler Middleton
Some of the SoA Contras.
Getting in place
Good job huddle
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Update 3
Posted by Perla Middleton
1 month ago
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Tyler Middleton and around 1/2 of Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps will be performing at the opening ceremonies of the Sunday, March 5th NASCAR race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway around 1:30. It will be televised on Fox. Watch as they showcase their musical talents.
We are looking for a place to crash Saturday night, near the McDonough Locust Grove area, as we have to be at practice early Sunday prior to the event. If you have a place for a mom, her musical prodigy and a large instrument, PM me. Also if you want to know more about how to help Ty this summer, visit
http://bit.ly/TySoA17 or donate right here

#NASCAR #soa17 #dci17 #drivefast

With a grateful heart,
Perla & Tyler Middleton
February rehearsal 2017
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Update 2
Posted by Perla Middleton
3 months ago
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Get the air horns ready! Because I am getting a new Contra (thank you, Adams for our new amazing horns), and a contract to return for a second year with Spirit of Atlanta!

We had some tough competition, many more contra players than expected and out of the 12 vets from last year, only 5 returned and/or were contracted, so I feel very fortunate to have made the line again.
The music sounds amazing, our new instruments make us sound even better than last year, I am beyond excited. I am also working hard and practicing along with meeting the video assignments they give us each week.

This is when things kick into high gear! I must fundraise my tuition money along with working odd and end jobs to contribute. My mom was kind enough to put a website together where you can see all of the different ways in which you can show your support-
http://bit.ly/TySoA17 (it is case sensitive so type it just like that). You can donate through here, you can purchase one of my Tshirt creations or a Bravelets bracelet, but the most exciting item I have for sale (exclusive to me)- are Spirit of Atlanta PopSockets.

Everyone who has seen one has loved it...There is a picture of one below and on the site, there is a video, a slideshow, and a link to get your very own.

Look for my next update... Our next rehearsal camp is Feb. 20th.

Feeling overjoyed,
Tyler
Visit http://bit.ly/TySoA17
Get your Spirit of Atlanta PopSocket!
Our shiny news horns! Thanks Adams!!
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Update 1
Posted by Perla Middleton
4 months ago
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Hi, everyone!
Tyler here just wanted to let you know that I had an amazing birthday... Why you may ask? I spent it with my 2016 Spirit of Atlanta brothers and sisters. Yes! Audition camps have begun, the first one was on my birthday December 2-4. There were a lot of returning 'vets', which is great as well as a huge number of attendees. They spared no time and put us to work immediately. the schedule was very similar to one of a summer rehearsal-
Breakfast
4 hour rehearsal
Lunch
4 hour rehearsal
Dinner
4 hour rehearsal
Snack
Lights out
That is how I spent my 17th birthday weekend. We leave tonight for the final camp being held tomorrow at Marist School in Atlanta. Wish me luck...

If you have a moment, please make a donation. Any amount, big or small will do. Thank you in advance from the bottom of my heart!

Tyler Middleton
SoA Contra 2016
Sharing horns- this time was my turn!
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Created November 29, 2016
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