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Gary David Hopkins

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Gary was a graduate of Jacksonville State University where he was a member of the marching band. He received his master’s degree from the University of Alabama where he was an acclaimed Drum Major. He won many honors with his drum & bugle corps and his bands that he lead were invited to many prominent parades and ceremonies.

He was a member of his beloved Spirit of Atlanta, the Million Dollar Band alumni, the JSU Marching Southerners Alumni, and Friends of Spirit. The people in these groups were great friends & loving family!

He was a person with great wit and a giving heart. An extremely generous and thoughtful person always willing to help anyone in a pinch.

There was no one like him nor ever will be!

3 Comments To "Gary David Hopkins"

Kris Roberson On Jun 21 2021 at 7pm
As a senior in High School I was the drum major for the band at George Walton High Comprehensive School. I was VERY blessed to attend drum major camp in the summer of 1980 where Gary Hopkins was my drum major instructor. I marched Spirit in 1981, but never got to march with Gary as he had aged out before I was in Spirit. I still love hearing him on my DCI recordings. He was awesome. Reply to this comment
Marilyn Parker On Jun 15 2021 at 3pm
I met Gary when my sons Ryan and Jason joined the Douglas County High School Marching Tiger Band. Hop introduced them to Drum and Bugle Corps. That lit a fire under both of them to be the best drummers they could be so they could march too. Gary hired Glen “Turtle” Carter to instruct the drum line. We raised the funds to pay for Turtle and other fantastic instructors like Teresa Woods. He always wanted the best for our little band and we ended up winning awards throughout the 7 years my sons were part of the band. They went on to March Gary’s beloved Spirit of Atlanta, the Bluecoats, the Marching Southerners, The Cavaliers, Atlanta Pipe Band and the Dunedin Pipe Band. Thank you Gary for introducing the boys to DCI and a lifetime love of music. Rest In Peace my red-headed step cousin. Reply to this comment
Haisten Willis On Jun 11 2021 at 9am
Mr. Hopkins (or just "Hopkins" to his students) was my band director at Chapel Hill High School from 1999 through 2002. He was a fun, energetic, tough and extremely inspirational teacher who made a major impact on me. The band was my identity and social center in high school and Hopkins' charismatic leadership made me proud to be a part of it. He'll be greatly missed. -Haisten Willis Reply to this comment
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