I still have 2 more years left to march and I’m not letting anything get in the way of me marching. No matter where my corps placed this summer, a number doesn’t mean shit. Drum corps isn’t about that. It’s about the bonds you make with those that you march with and it’s about pushing yourself past what you thought was possible both physically and mentally. What the audience sees on the field is only 10% of what marching drum corps is. Once you march a full summer away from home is when you’ll really see what this activity is about. No one can take away those bonds or memories or the emotions you feel after a  performance. Maybe what you see on the field today isn’t what it was 10, 20, 30 years ago, but the root of the activity remains unchanged.

Had one of my most emotional shows tonight.. Balled my eyes out at the last hit coming into our “delta”set and after the show while singing Salvation. After the show I sat in the middle of the parking lot by myself just thinking about how I got to this point. I don’t know exactly why I broke down but it definitely was something that was building up for a while. After all the hard times from all days, hurting my knee and smashing my face, to getting sick the first week of tour and then getting really sick before the ATL show, having to go to the hospital on multiple occasions. People I march with would say I’ve had a rough corps experience but I say I’ve lived it to the full extent. I’m finally living my dream and with an amazing family. I’m glad to be performing this show no matter what the green shirts say. This is the best summer of my life and I’m going to keep pushing as much as I can these next few days. I owe this corps and myself that much.

I leave for move-ins in 2 days and I haven’t even remotely started packing. Also you guys should send me stuff while I’m at move-ins. It would make me really really happy! Here’s the first mailing address. Packages/letters must be sent in before tour starts. 

Spirit of Atlanta 
Ryan Anderson
C/O Paul Okiyama
1220 Taylor Oaks Dr.
Roswell, GA 30076

Thanks guys. I’ll try to post a lot of pictures during the summer!