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Brian Hainer

This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here.  

Composer Michael Torke has had a robust musical career, and one of his pieces was included in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Gabbie Watts / WABE

This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here. 

Courtesy of Leslie Gordon

This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here  

Twenty years ago, the Olympic Games brought the world’s athletes to Atlanta. It also brought Nobel laureates.

Atlanta Olympic Band uniforms hang on display at the 20-year reunion.
Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

Over 20 years ago, hundreds of teenagers and young adults from all over Georgia played in the Atlanta Olympic Band. For four years, high school and college students devoted their extracurricular time to hours of practice each week, until the program culminated in the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.

In July, some former players – along with parents, former volunteers and plus-ones – gathered for a reunion at Lakeside High School in DeKalb County.

Trumpeter Jill Sewell had the idea to get a 20-year reunion together.

Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

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