News Archive
La Crosse Pre-Tour Events May 25, 2017
Spring Training 2017 May 16, 2017
Job Openings - Assistant Head Cooks Apr 18, 2017
Save the Date: Blue Stars Family Day and Hall of Fame Induction Mar 31, 2017
Running with the Stars is now March for Music 5K Fun Run Mar 15, 2017
"On Corps!" Competition Returns in 2017 Feb 4, 2017

La Crosse Pre-Tour Events
May 25, 2017 12:52 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

Here's where and when you can see the Blue Stars in the La Crosse area during Spring Training. All events are subject to change based on weather and other factors.

Friday, June 16
–Rehearsal at La Crescent High School

La Crosse Loggers vs. St. Cloud Rox. Visit for ticket information.

Saturday, June 17
March for Music 5K Run/Walk at Myrick Park in La Crosse 9 a.m. Advance registration is $25 per individual, $30 day of event. Packet pick-up and day-of registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in Myrick Park. Awards and performance by the Blue Stars will follow the event.

Blue Stars Family Day and Hall of Fame Banquet 4:30-9:30 p.m. at Maple Grove Country Club. Reservations required

Sunday, June 18
–Winona Steamboat Days Parade

Preview Concert of the Blue Stars 2017 production at Onalaska High School Football Stadium at 7 p.m. If you plan to attend the free preview concert the Blue Stars ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Hunger Task Force.

Spring Training 2017
May 16, 2017 4:05 PM (Submitted by: Bradley Harris)

The 2017 Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps Spring Training begins on May 19th at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa. On June 14th, the corps relocates to La Crosse, WI, continuing daily rehearsals and performing at various events during our annual La Crosse Week.

Below you will find important information regarding the 2017 Spring Training location, transportation options and fees, and downloadable documents to help you prepare for the 2017 Tour.





On Move-In Day, May 19th, you have the option of driving to Spring Training, flying in to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and the Blue Stars will once again offer bus shuttle service from Indiana and Illinois. If you are flying in to Minneapolis-St.Paul (MSP), schedule your flight arrival before 6:00 PM CST to ensure you will be able to connect with the bus to Forest City departing at 7:00 PM CST.

Please note, the bus service will only take place on May 19th. All other shuttle arrangements during Spring Training - i.e. if you need to go home for finals, graduation, or otherwise - will need to be communicated to Corps Administration. Given the distance of travel and time consideration, a nominal fee will be assessed to reserve an additional shuttle.

Payments for additional shuttles can be made at our Online Store.


  • Setup: May 17-18

  • Move-In: May 19

  • Forest City Community Appreciation Performance: June 11 (exact date & time TBA)

  • Relocate to La Crosse, WI: June 15

  • La Crosse Week: June 15-18

    As you know, the corps would not move a mile down the road without the dedicated support of our tireless family of volunteers. Please consider joining the Blue Stars at Spring Training in Iowa and Wisconsin.

    We need volunteers to help outfit the corps in our new uniforms, cook meals for members and staff, drive shuttles, and build the miscellaneous props and equipment we use each year.

    Please sign up to support the corps, and be one of the first to see our 2017 production firsthand!

Job Openings - Assistant Head Cooks
Apr 18, 2017 4:17 PM (Submitted by: Bradley Harris)

The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps is actively seeking one or two individuals interested in joining our 2017 Tour food program. Interested parties should have experience in large scale food preparation, maintaining a budget, and nutritional guidelines. Effective leadership and communication skills are highly desirable.

Please contact Bradley Harris, Director of Operations for more information:
Phone: (608) 782-3219

The Assistant Head Cooks are part of the team responsible for the daily nutrition and efficiency of the meal schedule during the corps' summer tour.  This will require managing an allotted budget and volunteer cook staff on the road and communicating general needs to the management staff.  Planning ahead for food pick-ups, propane fueling and general upkeep and cleanliness of the amenities of the Blue Stars cook trailer are also expected.  It is expected that the Assistant Head Cooks will work closely with the Head Cook, Corps Director and tour management staff to meet the nutritional and schedule needs of the corps.

Spring Training begins on May 19, 2017 and the season concludes on August 13, 2017.
It is preferred that the assistant head cook to be present for at least one of the pre-tour camps.

Commensurate with experience and availability.

Training, education, experience in the following areas is highly desirable:  management, food preparation, education, prior experience in the drum and bugle corps activity, and evidence of leadership capabilities.

Areas of Supervision/Communication:

  • Volunteer cook staff
  • Food Budget
  • Food/Beverage Stock
  • Ensures cleanliness of food prep facilities and that standard food safety guidelines are met
  • Loading/Securing of cook trailer prior to departure of housing sites
  • Unloading of cook trailer upon arrival to housing sites
  • Operation of amenities of food trailer
  • Open Communication of needs with Corps Director and tour management
  • Conduct on and around the food trailer

Save the Date: Blue Stars Family Day and Hall of Fame Induction
Mar 31, 2017 2:02 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

The Blue Stars are excited to present Family Day on Saturday, June 17 for all of our alumni, friends, and fans. This event will include the Blue Stars 2017 Hall of Fame induction, and replaces the Grand Premier Banquet.

Why the change? "We listened to feedback from people that have attended - and not attended - the Grand Premier in the past, and made the decision to host a less formal, more affordable, and more approachable event for all," said Executive Director Brad Furlano.

Full details of the ticketed event will be announced soon, but Family Day will include a standstill performance by the 2017 Blue Stars, a catered meal, a chance to socialize and interact with the full corps, live and silent auctions, and honoring the 2017 inductees to the Blue Stars Hall of Fame.

Running with the Stars is now March for Music 5K Fun Run
Mar 15, 2017 1:41 PM (Submitted by: Niki Furlano)

New for 2017, the Blue Stars are excited to roll out the March for Music 5K Fun Run! We've retooled our annual Running With the Stars 5k event into one that will benefit all area band programs. Now, participants select the area music program they would like to support and $10 of the registration fee will automatically be donated to that music program. It's that easy!

All of your favorite perks from Running with the Stars are still there:
- Scenic course through Myrick Park and the La Crosse Marsh Trails
- Course entertainment and encouragement from the Blue Stars musicians and performers
- Tech shirts and gift bags to commemorate the event
- Blue Stars concert performance at the conclusion of the run

Sign up today to support your favorite music program and March for Music!

What: March For Music 5K Fun Run 
Why: To support local band and music programs in the greater La Crosse Area
When: 9:00 am Saturday, June 17, 2017
Where: Myrick Park Main Shelter, run course is through the park and on the marsh trails
To Sign Up and more information:

"On Corps!" Competition Returns in 2017
Feb 4, 2017 10:06 PM (Submitted by: Bradley Harris)

The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to announce the return of their annual "On Corps!" competition for aspiring arrangers and composers! We invite individuals with an interest in arranging and composing music to submit their works to be considered for performance by the 2017 Blue Stars. The winning arrangement/composition will be performed as part of the corps` encore repertoire for the season.

All participants will receive feedback on their submission from members of the Blue Stars design and instructional team. Johnathan Segovia, the winner of the 2016 "On Corps" contest, states:

"The On Corps competition is extremely valuable to young or emerging composers. The critique alone makes it worth entering. It is a surreal experience to see something I wrote down on paper to be played by DCI's best groups. It is something I will treasure for the rest of my life."

Works submitted should meet the following criteria:
1. May not be shorter than 1 minute 30 seconds or longer than two minutes in length
2. Must be arranged with the following part distribution:

  • 3 trumpets
  • 2 mellophones
  • 3 baritones/euphoniums
  • 1 tuba (sparing use of divisi writing is permissible) percussion (Our staff will augment percussion parts as needed)

    3. Music must be able to be performed publicly under current copyright laws. The Blue Stars will pay copyright fees for the winning work if needed.
    4. The work must be an original arrangement or composition, unpublished in any other venue.
    5. Pay the Submission Fee

    Submission Process:
    $75 fee must accompany each submission. Individuals may submit as many entries as they so choose, but each submitted work requires the $75 fee. A PDF score and digital recording (both computer-synthesized and live ensemble recordings are acceptable) must be submitted to by 8 AM on Monday, May 1st, 2017. The score must include the author's full name, e-mail address, and telephone number. The winner will be announced by Monday, May 8th, and the winning work will be performed as an encore by the Blue Stars Drum and bugle Corps during their 2017 tour. All submissions will receive feedback on their submissions no later than May 18th, 2017.

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