Events Links Resources
The Parade People - Gateway Music Festivals and Tours - Connect With a Pro

News Briefs News Briefs provide news and information on topics related to marching bands and pageantry arts.

Share this page:

View more articles

Suggest a news item
Popular articles

What to expect in the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade lineup

COVID-19 affects 2020 fall marching band circuit and state championships

Marching arts pitching in toward COVID-19 battle

25 Halloween-worthy costumes from the marching arts

Jennifer Garner talks marching band technique with Seth Meyers

Opinion: Don't let fake news harm the marching activity

Marching to the chapel: University band members perform in halftime show before their wedding

"Go Band!" Facebook post about team aspect of marching band goes viral

Watch the Ohio State University Marching Band's London performance

Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards to host KTLA Rose Parade coverage for final time

The Horn Section Sculpture

U.S. postage stamp features marching band

Father of Patrick Henry Hughes recognized for extraordinary support

Portland Rose Festival named "best festival"

The Dynamic Marching Band Manual

Marching Band Health Tips

Home > News Briefs > The Horn Section Sculpture

Sculpture honors ground-breaking band director Cleopas Johnson

Atlanta park features "The Horn Section" by artist Zachary Coffin

Artist Zachary Coffin created The Horn Section, the 35-foot sculpture which stands in Atlanta's Cleopas R. Johnson Park. ATLANTA, GA — A towering new 35-foot sculpture commissioned by Atlanta's Public Arts Program pays tribute to Cleopas Redwood Johnson Jr., the late director of the Morris Brown College Band. Johnson is recognized for breaking barriers that enabled the band from a historically black college to perform at events where no such band had performed before.

The sculpture stands at the front end of Cleopas R. Johnson Park — which had previously been named in honor of the director — in Atlanta's historic Castleberry Hill Arts District located at the corner of Fair Street and Northside Drive. The sculpture was officially dedicated as a part of the City of Atlanta's public art program in December 2009.

Titled "The Horn Section," the monumental sculpture is constructed of galvanized steel and eight-ton granite boulders. Its suspended trumpets bring to mind the dynamic stance of a horn player and create a highly visible portal for the southwestern district of Atlanta.

The Morris Brown College Marching Wolverines played at the dedication of the sculpture which honors their former director. The artwork is one of six public structures commissioned by The City of Atlanta's Public Art Program and was financed through the Opportunity Bond's percent-for-art capitol project. Arts program officials anticipate that "The Horn Section" will engage the culturally diverse and historic Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods in a magnificent way.

The Office of Cultural Affairs was established in 1974 to encourage and support Atlanta's cultural resources. The initial mission was to solidify the role that arts and other cultural resources play in defining and enhancing the social fabric and quality of life of Atlanta citizens and visitors. Today the OCA is working to enhance Atlanta's reputation as a cultural destination. The OCA supports programs that educate and expose the public to a rich and diverse range of cultural expressions through a variety of initiatives. For more information visit

Photos by Crystal Furlonge courtesy of Atlanta OCA.

Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published or redistributed without permission.

2023 DCI Championships Photos

2023 DCI Photos

2023 Fall Marching Band Events

Facebook on Facebook

Working on your next marching show? Find Band Uniforms and select Marching Band Music Arrangers in the Resource section.

Support Music logo