Spirit of New Jersey

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The Spirit of New Jersey (also known as the Spirit of Newark/New Jersey or Spirit of Newark) is a junior drum corps based in Newark, New Jersey.


The Spirit of Newark began in 1991 as a youth program designed to involve urban youths in a wholesome activity. Originally concieved as (and named) the "Marching 100" featuring 100 members, by the mid-1990s, the corps was scoring well in DCI division III competition, placing second in 1993. In 1994, they captured fourth place in DCI Division II finals. In 1995, the Corps changed its name to honor the passing of horn instructor Herbie Wright. Since then, they have been competitive in DCI Division III.

The Spirit of Newark expanded operations to Burlington New Jersey in 2005. The corps sponsors a local (Newark) parade corps, a DCI Division III competition corps (Newark/Burlington), indoor gaurds and percussion programs and an after school program. In 2000, the Spirit of Newark initiated an unique partnership with the Field Band Foundation of South Africa. This program functioned as an exchange program so that South African musicians could exerience the excitment of American drum corps competition. In 2006, the Spirit of Newark finished 12th in the DCI Division III World Championships.

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