News Archive
Year:
Barclay Named Battery Arranger and Caption Head Sep 3, 2018
Thank You DCI Giving Challenge Donors Jul 26, 2018
Support the Blue Stars in the DCI Giving Challenge Jul 26, 2018
Blue Stars Announce Asteria Winds Jun 26, 2018
Blue Stars 2018 "On Corps!" Winner: Jacob Kessler May 29, 2018
2018 Blue Stars Present: The Once and Future Carpenter May 14, 2018
Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2018 May 7, 2018
Blue Stars Statement On Organizational Safety Apr 7, 2018
Meet Sue Nov 28, 2017
2018 Blue Stars Brass Leadership Oct 20, 2017
Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2017 May 25, 2017
Blue Stars 2017 "On Corps!" Winners: Brighton Barrineau and Trevor Schachner May 8, 2017
Running with the Stars is now March for Music 5K Fun Run Mar 15, 2017
The 2017 Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps Presents Star Crossed Feb 14, 2017
Thank You to our VANtastic Donors! Nov 29, 2016
Remembering Gary Tollers Aug 8, 2016
THE 2016 BLUE STARS PRESENT: "Le Rêve" May 13, 2016
Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2016 May 1, 2016
Frank Van Voorhis 1932-2015 Nov 18, 2015
Blue Stars Choose Yamaha Nov 4, 2015
Blue Stars SIDE SHOW Repertoire May 26, 2015
Dr. David Kampschroer 1940-2015 Feb 16, 2015
Thank You Equipment Trailer Donors! Nov 4, 2014
New Equipment Trailer FAQs Oct 30, 2014
An Interview with Tom Volk about the New Equipment Trailer Project Oct 30, 2014
2015 Blue Stars Present "SIDE SHOW" Sep 26, 2014
Blue Stars Mourn Passing of Marjory "Ma" Anderson Jul 1, 2014
Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Apr 24, 2014
Blue Stars Welcome Christina Knudsen as Director of Development Feb 26, 2014
2014 Blue Stars Present: Where the Heart Is Feb 5, 2014
Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Apr 24, 2013
Looking Back: Designing a Blue Stars Uniform Apr 1, 2013
April Fools: Blue Stars Debut New Uniforms Apr 1, 2013
Fred Feeney Inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame Feb 22, 2013
Remembering Pierre Beelendorf Feb 18, 2013
2013 Blue Stars Jan 29, 2013
Passing of Linda McCann (Baierl) Jan 10, 2012
Blue Stars Mourn Passing of Bob Lendman Mar 19, 2011
Blue Stars Mourn Passing of Audrey "Ma" Whitty Mar 1, 2011
Blue Stars Members Crowned I&E Champions Jul 27, 2010
2010 Program: Houdini Nov 12, 2009
Blue Stars Members Crowned I&E Champions Aug 6, 2009
2009 Program: The Factory Mar 20, 2009
L.B.S. Cadets, Inc. is now Blue Stars, Performing Arts for Youth, Inc. Mar 8, 2009
Blue Stars Take 8th Place At DCI Aug 13, 2008
Online Shopping To Benefit the Blue Stars Jul 15, 2008
Magazine Fundraiser May 5, 2008
Vic Firth and The Blue Stars Join Forces! Apr 12, 2008
2008 Program: Le Tour Mar 3, 2008
Passing of Tom Adams Apr 4, 2007
Passing of Ed Lau Mar 1, 2007
Blue Stars Take 14th Place Aug 12, 2006
La Crosse Tribune: "Blue Stars Back in Division I" Sep 26, 2005
The Blue Stars Return to Division I Competition Sep 26, 2005
Blue Stars Place Third at Div II Finals Aug 12, 2005
Blue Stars announce their 2005 program – "Pixelation” Feb 18, 2005
Blue Stars Announce Partnership with Stanbury Uniforms May 11, 2004
Blue Stars Win 4th World Title Aug 11, 2003
Semifinals Rained Out, Blue Stars Top Seed in Finals Aug 8, 2003
2003 DCI I&E Results Aug 7, 2003
Blue Stars Win Div 3 Prelims Aug 6, 2003
Blue Stars Continue To Win Jul 28, 2003
Blue Stars Going For World Title Jul 24, 2003
Blue Stars Take Div 3 At Midwest Championship Jul 14, 2003
Blue Stars Win World Title! Aug 9, 2001

Barclay Named Battery Arranger and Caption Head
Sep 3, 2018 3:27 PM (Submitted by: Bradley Harris)

The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps is incredibly excited to introduce Rick Barclay as our new Battery Arranger and Caption Head.

Rick Barclay began his career in the marching arts as a member of the Rochester Patriots from 2001 to 2003. After moving to California in 2004 and marching with the Magic of Orlando in 2005, he began teaching percussion at Claremont High School. While at Claremont, Rick developed the percussion program from A class to their most successful seasons to date, winning Scholastic Concert World and placing third in marching Scholastic World at WGI World Championships in 2008.

In 2010, Rick transitioned to the role of Percussion Director at Fountain Valley High School, a position he held for five years. While there, the indoor percussion program earned a bronze medal in WGI Scholastic Open in 2011, was promoted to World Class in 2012, and was a WGI Scholastic World Finalist in 2013.

Rick was formerly on the percussion staff of The Arizona Academy Drum & Bugle Corps (2009 – 2011) and Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps (2012-2013). After some time off, Rick returned to the activity in 2016 and served as the Ensemble Coordinator for Pulse Percussion during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, earning the gold and bronze medals at WGI Championships. In the 2018 season, Rick transitioned to the role of Battery Caption Head with RCC Indoor Percussion, who earned the SCPA and WGI Percussion Independent World Championships.

Rick holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in History from CSU Fullerton and spends his days teaching 11th grade US History at Da Vinci Design Charter High School in El Segundo, California.

"Rick brings a wealth of experience and a history of success in his new role in the organization. We absolutely cannot wait for he and his team to get started this season," said Russ Gavin, Corps Director.

Information about auditioning for the 2019 Blue Stars will be released in the near future. To stay up to date on audition information, submit a Membership Interest Form.

 
Thank You DCI Giving Challenge Donors
Jul 26, 2018 8:40 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

A heartfelt Thank You to all of the generous people who donated in support of the Blue Stars during the DCI Giving Challenge. The friendly competition between drum corps is a lot of fun, but at the end of the day it's is the financial support for these great organizations that is most important. While the official challenge has concluded, you can still add your name to the list of donors by clicking the donate now button today.



2018 Donors

$1,000 and More
John & Fran Donahue
Jenny Wagner
Timothy & DeLisa Kviz
Tim & Rosa Lundin
Tom Volk
Kevin Hanson

$500 to $999
Brad & Niki Furlano
Bruce & Stacie Furlano
Michael Andrews
Fred Feeney

$100 to $499
Donna Smith
Blue Stars Guard 1972
Virginia Abbott
Charles Cullen
Christy Scott - In honor of Zach Scott
Jim Grabowska
Vicki Engevold
Shannon Pierce
Dan, Brigid and Dan (Baritone '09,'10 and '12) Heath
Mark Johnstone
Zach Scott
John Bolstad
Rick Butcher
Mike Hicks
The Gacioch Family
Richard and Jennifer Miller
Laurie Green
Amy and Brad Bowers
Robert Abbott
Christian Torres
Karmen's Nana
Robert and Jaclyn Kistler
2018 Blue Stars, FCO
Brent Appleyard
Ed & Gail Kviz
Brian Stahlkopf
Karl & Pam Vonderohe
Kevin Guth
In Recognition of the Linville Family
Sheila O'Sullivan
Steve Stueck
Alex (trumpet 09-13), Karyn & Kevin Breitzke
Nick & Anne Young
Gary & Sheila Muldoon
Brandon Jackett
Avis & Joe Furlano
Gail Sneed
Dillon Bille
Chap Obregon
Alan and Sue McDonald
Ken and Judy Teeters
Marcus Spiegel - In Honor Of Aaron Spiegel
Beth Funke - In honor of our Once and Future Carpenter
Rick Leggett
Cheryl Chiapetto
Brendan Korak
Sue Pochop

Up to $99
Skyler and Taylor Winkler
Brandon Wilson - Baritone
In Honor & Recognition of Jaden Miller
Anonymous
Zach Scott
Carin Perry - In Honor of Zach Scott
A Member's Mom
For the Mellophone Section
Debra Mirr
Judith Young
The Musketts
Michael Sinnott
Lisa Ekstrom - In Honor of Justin (2012-2014)
Sharon Lubin - In recognition of the awesome pit!
Terry & Carol Thirion
Jerry & Christine Johnson
Clem Sop 1977
Lauren Bond
Paul F Gentine
For Andrew and Natasha
Kristine Kelleher
In Honor of Jonathan Gacioch
Penny Dollens-Smith
Anne Wittenberg - In Recognition of Andrew Acs
Chris Goyan
Timothy Nicholas
Patti & Mark Wrobel - In Honor of Marcus Wrobel '15 Alumni
Mt Lebanon, PA Fan
In Honor of Gary Tollers
Aaron Spiegel
Richard Minnotte
Joelle Varner - In honor of past and present Blue Stars--FCO!
Jonathan Moore
In memory of Dawn's mom and dad
Lisa Ochs
Brad & Nancy Bartz
Gramma Vicky & Grampa Herb In Loving Recognition of Jaden Miller Snare 2018
Gehm family
Christy Scott - In honor of Zach Scott
Ida Novack - In honor of Zack Novack
Karen Fries - In honor of alumni Katie Fries and Pat Kuhl

 
Support the Blue Stars in the DCI Giving Challenge
Jul 26, 2018 7:42 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

The Blue Stars are pleased to announce our participation in the DCI Giving Challenge, a 7-day fundraising campaign against all DCI corps!

Starting at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, July 28, and continuing until Midnight on Friday, August 3, the Blue Stars will compete against all corps in raising funds as we trek up the East Coast from Atlanta to Allentown.

This year we also have a side bet with our friends at the Mandarins. Losing director will wear the other corps t-shirt after the contest. Let's get Jim Tabuchi sized up for a Blue Stars shirt!

Donate now to help us reign supreme in the drum corps activity!

Click Here to see DCI Giving Challenge Donor List

The Blue Stars are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to the Blue Stars through DCI Giving Challenge are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Consult your tax advisor.

 
Blue Stars Announce Asteria Winds
Jun 26, 2018 4:49 PM (Submitted by: Layn Pieratt)

Blue Stars, Performing Arts for Youth, Inc. is excited to announce the formation of a new performance ensemble: Asteria Winds. Asteria Winds will be an All-Female Winter Winds ensemble that will perform on the WGI Winds circuit. This new organization will be lead by director Layn Pieratt and be based out of Indianapolis, Indiana.

"The idea of an all-female winds group was first discussed by our organization in the spring of 2017. What we lacked was the right leader for the project," said Blue Stars Executive Director Brad Furlano. "But, one conversation with Layn and I knew our search was over and she would be the right person to take this project from concept to reality. She has a vision and passion for this ensemble that will be apparent to the young women that participate, teach, and volunteer in Asteria."

"I couldn't be more excited to be joining the Blue Stars organization - a group that changed my own life," said Asteria Director Layn Pieratt. "I have firsthand felt how the marching arts can empower young women to have confidence, work hard, and go after their goals. We also need more female designers and directors in the marching world. We have qualified and creative females out there, they just need to be given a chance. I am grateful and excited to be given this chance by Brad and the Blue Stars Board of Directors."

Asteria Winds will be active for the upcoming 2018/2019 winter season. Additional information about rehearsals, staff and other items will be available in the coming weeks and months.

To get additional information about marching, teaching, designing, or volunteering for Asteria Winds:


Membership Interest Form
Staff Interest Form
Volunteer Interest Form

About Blue Stars, Performing Arts for Youth, Inc.
Blue Stars, Performing Arts for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to developing life skills in young people through education and achievement in the performing arts. The organization serves hundreds of young adults each year through the world-renowned Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, River City Rhapsody, educational camps and clinics, and our newest ensemble: Asteria Winds.

 
Blue Stars 2018 "On Corps!" Winner: Jacob Kessler
May 29, 2018 9:38 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

After an extensive review of dozens of entries, this year's "On Corps!" winner is Jacob Kessler.

A native of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, Jacob Kessler graduated from New Prairie High School. He is currently a sophomore Music Education major at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he has earned the position of assistant principal horn in the Indiana University Wind Ensemble. He studies horn at IU with professor Jeff Nelson.

Jacob states: "I am so thankful for the opportunity that this competition gives to aspiring arrangers like myself. I have learned so much from this process that I encourage everyone to participate. Hearing my arrangement played by a World Class drum corps is going to be simply amazing!"

His arrangement will be premiered by the Blue Stars during an encore performance this summer, and a recording will be provided to the arranger.

"It was very difficult to choose a winner from all of the excellent submissions we received," said Dr. Ward Miller, Brass Caption Head for the Blue Stars, and chair of the selection committee. "In the end, we selected Jacob's arrangement because of its inventive use of multiple textures, and its exciting and driving feel."

All of the submitted entries will receive personal feedback from the selection committee, a part of the Blue Stars' efforts in educational outreach.

"We're just so excited that this competition gives us the chance to reach out and positively affect aspiring composers and arrangers," said Dr. Miller. "We enjoyed the opportunity to help these writers see where they're being successful in their craft, and where they can improve the effectiveness of their music."

The Blue Stars are a drum and bugle corps competing in Drum Corps International's (DCI) World Class division. Their 2018 summer tour will see them perform in over 30 competitive venues around the Midwest, Central Plains, Southeast, and the Northeast. The corps is a regular feature in DCI Championship finals. For more information, visit www.bluestars.org.

 
2018 Blue Stars Present: The Once and Future Carpenter
May 14, 2018 4:11 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

The Once and Future Carpenter
Featuring the following musical selections:

"We've Only Just Begun"
Paul H Williams, Roger S Nichols

"Skyscrapers"
John Alden Carpenter

"Precious Metals"
Thomas Newman

"(They Long To Be) Close to You"
Burt F Bacharach, Hal David

"Rainy Days And Mondays"
Paul H Williams, Roger S Nichols

"I Won't Last A Day Without You"
Paul H Williams, Roger S Nichols

 
Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2018
May 7, 2018 9:28 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

Each year, the Blue Stars take time to honor those people who contributed and sacrificed tirelessly to make the organization what it is today – and who shape what it can and will be in the future – with induction into the Blue Stars Hall of Fame. Those honorees include our founders, administrators, instructors, members, volunteers, and supporters all of whom believed in the power of the Blue Stars' mission.


Nominations for the Blue Stars Hall of Fame are solicited each winter, with the inductees chosen by the current Hall of Fame members and Blue Stars Board of Directors. Two individuals have been selected as the class of 2018 to join the current members of the Blue Stars Hall of Fame.



PURCHASE TICKETS TO BLUE STARS FAMILY DAY & HALL OF FAME CEREMONY





Tom King
Alumnus, Executive Director, Volunteer






Tom King started his involvement with the Blue Stars in 1964, joining the Blue Star Cadets as a drummer, moving to the Blue Stars in 1965 and marching with the corps through the 1970 season. Tom has worn a lot of hats with the organization since those first days in 1964. A few of his various titles include: Member, Instructor,, Bingo Manager, Food Coordinator, Cadet Corps Director, Executive Director, and Volunteer.

"Tom has been a very loyal volunteer for many years, often taking extended time on tour to work the souvie stand and or help wherever needed," said Billy Happel in his nomination support letter. "I have never been to the Oktoberfest brat stand without seeing Tom there. When thinking about the Blue Stars Hall of Fame, I always ask myself the question: Would the Blue Stars be where they are today without this person? And in the case of Tom King, I say there is no doubt of the positive impact he has made on the corps and it's history."

Tom's dedication to the young adults that pass through the Blue Stars is extraordinary, and continues to this day as he volunteers his time and energy to ensuring the Blue Stars are strong and healthy now and into the future.















Tom Volk
Volunteer, Angel Donor

Tom Volk never marched with the Blue Stars. In fact, he never marched in any drum corps. But, his impact on the Blue Stars and his legacy in the organization is enormous, now and for years into the future. For the past decade Tom has been a regular presence at camps and on tour as a volunteer. He can often be found on the food line scooping out whatever delicacy is on the menu during a meal, and prides himself on quickly learning the names of every member of the organization.

"The Blue Stars remind me a lot of my time in the band and the experiences I had as a member: a strong sense of family and working towards common goals with hard work and determination. I see so much support for each other among the members," said Tom. "It's astonishing to watch the development of individuals and the group over the course of a season."

Beyond Tom's volunteer work, his financial contributions to the organization have greatly assisted as we have tackled large capital projects, most prominently his support of our new equipment trailer project. The Volk's Wagon is here today because he saw the need and generously stepped up to help make it happen.












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Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Michael Shapiro

Gary V. Tollers

Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Billy Happel

Bob & Deb Smith

Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Marge Kile

Timothy Kviz

Judy Young

Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Dawn Christianson

Charlie Cullen

Brad Furlano

Colin Klos

Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Erwin Albrecht

Moe Latour

Richard "Doc" Nelson

Steve Stueck

Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Joe and Avis Furlano

Jay Severance

Terry Thirion

Rick Young

Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2011

David Dummer

Frank Van Voorhis

Dr. David Kampschroer

James Schultz

Denise Pagonis

Brian Whitty

The Blue Stars Class of 2018 Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the Family Day event on Saturday, June 16 in Onalaska, WI. Please make plans to attend and help us honor these great individuals.

 
Blue Stars Statement On Organizational Safety
Apr 7, 2018 8:10 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

The recent events involving the former director of the Cadets have caused all of us in the drum corps activity to pause and reflect on our own organizations and the protections we have in place to safeguard our people. The well-being of the members, volunteers, and staff of the Blue Stars is our most important job – and it's one we take very seriously.

No person involved with the Blue Stars - or any organization - should be subjected to sexual, physical, or mental abuse or harassment. We have policies in place to define the conduct and expectations of everyone involved in the Blue Stars. All staff and volunteers are part of a mandatory background check program. Training and education sessions on prevention and recognition of abuse and harassment are scheduled for staff and members at upcoming rehearsals. And we have reporting procedures in place up to and including law enforcement resources if necessary. Any allegations of abuse, harassment, or criminal misconduct are dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

Our hearts break for the victims of abuse and we stand alongside all who condemn this abhorrent behavior. We also have great sympathy for the people damaged collaterally by these actions. We stand ready to assist the current staff and members of the Cadets as they work to make the 2018 season an amazing experience for all involved.

Kevin Hanson - Chairperson
Bruce Furlano - Vice-Chairperson
Timothy Kviz - Treasurer
Jennifer Wagner - Secretary
Charles Cullen
John Donahue
Timothy Lundin
Jonathan Powell
Bradley Furlano - CEO
Russ Gavin - Corps Director

 
Meet Sue
Nov 28, 2017 7:27 AM (Submitted by: )

 
2018 Blue Stars Brass Leadership
Oct 20, 2017 11:02 AM (Submitted by: )

The Blue Stars are pleased to announce the member leadership of their 2018 hornline. These members were selected based on the recommendations of the instructional staff. Their appointment to these leadership positions is a reflection of their superb level of performance and of the respect they have engendered in staff and peers alike.

"It was difficult to narrow it down to these leaders," said Dr. Ward Miller, Brass Caption Head for the Blue Stars. "We have such an incredible group of returning brass performers that the candidates were numerous and extremely qualified. We're very excited and proud to name these great performers and people as the leaders of our 2018 Blue Stars Brass."

Presenting the 2018 Blue Stars Brass member leadership:

Horn Sergeant
Christian Torres

Trumpet Section Leaders
Jack Pantaleo

Mellophone Section Leader

Baritone-Euphonium Leader
Andrew McDonald
Adam Stephens

Tuba
Alex Bacu

 
Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2017
May 25, 2017 12:29 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

Each year, the Blue Stars take time to honor those people that contributed and sacrificed tirelessly to make the organization what it is today – and who shape what it can and will be in the future – with induction into the Blue Stars Hall of Fame. Those honorees include our founders, administrators, instructors, members, volunteers, and supporters all of whom believed in the success of the Blue Stars' mission.



Nominations for the Blue Stars Hall of Fame are solicited each winter, with the inductees chosen by the current Hall of Fame members and Blue Stars Board of Directors. Two individuals have been selected as the class of 2017 to join the current members of the Blue Stars Hall of Fame.



PURCHASE TICKETS TO BLUE STARS FAMILY DAY & HALL OF FAME CEREMONY





Michael Shapiro
Artistic Director, Choreographer, Designer, Color Guard Caption Head






Michael joined the Blue Stars for the 2008 season. In his decade with the corps, his creativity and energy have propelled the corps to a level of success not seen since the 70s. He is responsible for creating some of the Blue Stars' most memorable shows and concepts: Le Tour, The Factory, Houdini, Where the Heart Is, and many more. His dedication to the organization and its members has been a model for all staff members to follow.
















Gary Tollers
Board Members, Souvenir Coordinator, River City Rhapsody Coordinator, Volunteer

Gary was a long-time volunteer and board member who tragically passed away while on tour with the corps in 2016. Gary didn't march or have children in the Blue Stars, but his contributions to the organization were many and paramount to the organization's success over the past decade.

Gary revamped and ran the corps' souvie program, managed the three River City Rhapsody shows, devoted time to projects small and large, and perhaps most importantly, was a trusted friend and confidant to all he met.























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Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Billy Happel

Bob & Deb Smith

Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Marge Kile

Timothy Kviz

Judy Young

Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Dawn Christianson

Charlie Cullen

Brad Furlano

Colin Klos

Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Erwin Albrecht

Moe Latour

Richard "Doc" Nelson

Steve Stueck

Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Joe and Avis Furlano

Jay Severance

Terry Thirion

Rick Young

Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2011

David Dummer

Frank Van Voorhis

Dr. David Kampschroer

James Schultz

Denise Pagonis

Brian Whitty

The Blue Stars Class of 2017 Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the Grand Premier event on Saturday, June 17 in West Salem, WI. Please make plans to attend and help us honor these great individuals.

 
Blue Stars 2017 "On Corps!" Winners: Brighton Barrineau and Trevor Schachner
May 8, 2017 11:12 PM (Submitted by: Bradley Harris)

The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps are proud to announce the winner of the 2017 "On Corps!" Competition. "On Corps!" is a competition for aspiring arrangers and composers who wish their works to be considered for encore performance by the Blue Stars. The winning submission will be performed as part of the corps` encore repertoire during the upcoming season.

After an extensive review of dozens of entries, this year's "On Corps!" winners are Brighton Barrineau and Trevor Schachner. The two University of South Carolina undergraduate students submitted a joint project, an arrangement of "Shofukan," the hit chart from the jazz fusion group Snarky Puppy.

Brighton Barrineau is from Lexington, South Carolina and is currently studying Political Science at the University of South Carolina-Columbia with a minor in music. Brighton marched with the 2014 edition of Spirit of Atlanta and will be returning to march this summer with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2017 season.

Trevor Schachner is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina. As a junior at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, he studies Mechanical Engineering with a minor in music. Trevor has marched drum corps with Carolina Crown for the past two summers and will be marching with them again for the 2017 season.

Their arrangement will be premiered by the Blue Stars during an encore performance this summer, and a recording will be provided to the arrangers.

"It was very difficult to choose a winner from all of the excellent submissions we received," said Dr. Ward Miller, Brass Caption Head for the Blue Stars, and chair of the selection committee. "In the end, Trevor and Brighton's arrangement won because of its memorable, tuneful presentation paired with an understanding of the sound resources a drum corps provides."

The winners stated: "We are so humbled and excited to be the Blue Stars ‘On Corps' winner for the 2017 season. As avid arrangers and show designers, this opportunity allows us to hear our work played by one of the finest Drum Corps in the country. Being able to receive feedback from world-class educators is crucial for any aspiring arranger and composer and this experience allows us to get just that. We would like to thank our many close friends and colleagues, especially Justin Bui and Theo Richardson, who we have collaborated with us on many projects. We are so thankful and excited about this opportunity and we hope everyone enjoys our arrangement as much as we do!"

All of the submitted entries will receive personal feedback from the selection committee no later than May 18, a part of the Blue Stars' efforts in educational outreach.

"We're just so excited that this competition gives us the chance to reach out and positively affect aspiring composers and arrangers," said Dr. Miller. "We enjoyed the opportunity to help these writers see where they're being successful in their craft, and where they can improve the effectiveness of their music."

The Blue Stars are a drum and bugle corps competing in Drum Corps International's (DCI) World Class division. Their 2017 summer tour will see them perform in over 30 competitive venues around the Midwest, Central Plains, Southeast, and the Northeast. The corps is a regular feature in DCI Championship finals. For more information, visit www.bluestars.org.

 
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: https://thedriven.net/cw/march-for-music/

 
The 2017 Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps Presents Star Crossed
Feb 14, 2017 6:23 PM (Submitted by: Bradley Harris)
 
Thank You to our VANtastic Donors!
Nov 29, 2016 7:56 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

A heartfelt Thank You to all of the generous people who donated to help us purchase two new vans for our fleet. These needed vehicles will provide many years of service in support of our members, volunteers and staff. We still have a ways to go to raise the funds for the vehicles, so you can still make a much needed donation to the Blue Stars and get your name on the list! Plus, your donation is generously matched by Sue & Heather Tollers, Tom Volk, and Charlie Cullen!



2016 Capital Campaign Donors

$1,000 and More
Heather & Sue Tollers - In Honor of Gary Tollers
Tom Volk - In Honor of Gary Tollers
Charlie Cullen - In Honor of Gary Tollers
Timothy & DeLisa Kviz
Bruce & Stacie Furlano

$500 to $999
Niki & Brad Furlano - In Honor of Gary Tollers
Deresa Gade
Jenny Wagner
Sue Wilson

$100 to $499
Amy Canero
John Bolstad
Dawn Christianson
Keith Blankenship
Michael Andrews - In Honor of Gary Tollers
Nick Lyday - Gary and his love for lemon pies!
Van Vleet Family
Jon, Cyndi, and Benjy Braude - In honor of Gary Tollers
Frank Gorman - In Honor of the 1979 Bus from Hell
Steve Stueck - In Honor of the Blue Stars that are no longer with us
Ethan Komoroski & Sarah LeCroix - In honor of Ethan's mom Jennifer Wagner
Karen Miller
Friend of the Blue Stars
The Pallansch Family

$20 to $99
Carolyn Stevens
Jacob Niederman
Jeff Appel
Hare Family - In Honor of Gary Tollers
Tommy Williams - In Honor of the Tollers Family
Kelly Winkler - In Honor of Gary Tollers
Christina Knudsen
Denise Pagonis
Penny Dollens-Smith - In Honor of Gary Tollers
Ken & Judy Teeters
Taylor Winkler - In Honor of Gary Tollers
Karen Fries - In Honor of Gary Tollers
Karen Nay - In Honor of Gary!!
Nancy Brown - In Honor of Dylan Edwards
Skyler Winkler - In Honor of Gary Tollers
The Arends Family
Jay Dahlen
Terry & Carol Thirion
Richard Young
Kim Davis - In Honor of Gary Tollers and Blue Stars 2012
Ken & Judy Teeters - In Honor of Gary Tollers
Lisa Ochs
RIchard and Jennifer Miller

 
Remembering Gary Tollers
Aug 8, 2016 12:46 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

Memorial Service in Rochester
Saturday, August 20
Redeemer Lutheran Church
869 7th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN

  • 10 am Visitation
  • 11 am Service
  • Lunch to follow the service at the church

    Wisconsin Burial
    Saturday, August 27

  • 10 am Graveside Service at Forest Home Cemetery in Fifield, WI
  • 1 pm Open House/Gathering at the Tollers Wisconsin home:
    114 South 7th Street
    Park Falls, WI 54552

    Everyone is welcome to any of these services.


    It is with great sadness in my heart and tears in my eyes I write the following sentence: Gary Tollers has passed away.

    Gary was an important person in the Blue Stars organization. He was a long-term member of our board of directors, the head of our souvenir program, the chairperson of our three River City Rhapsody shows, and much more. Gary took on these responsibilities with gusto, performing beyond expectations, and affectionately earning the moniker, "the steely-eyed missile man."

    But that isn't what made him special.

    In a world that often seems overrun with vitriol and anger, he was genuine. He was warm. He was kind. To meet him was to know him.

    To hundreds (maybe thousands) of prospective Blue Stars, their parents and grandparents, he was the first face they saw when they arrived at camp. Always smiling. Always offering directions or tips or encouragement. Always answering questions.

    To members and staff and volunteers, he was ready with a handshake or warm embrace to welcome you back each time. He was curious about your school or work or life. Were you well? If not, could he help?

    The Blue Stars were lucky to have Gary in our orbit, but Gary did not just love the Blue Stars. He loved drum corps. His pickup truck was proudly adorned with a dozen bumper stickers from various corps. He loved them all.

    More specifically, he loved the young men and women in the corps and the life lessons this experience offered. If you wore a uniform – any uniform – he was your fan. And if you helped in any way to make the experience possible for the members, he was your friend.

    And mostly right now, I miss my friend.

    To Sue and Heather, you have the sympathy and love of the entire organization. As much as Gary loved drum corps, he loved you more.

    Thank you, Gary Tollers, for everything you've given to the Blue Stars, to the activity, and most importantly to the members.

    Rest in Peace.

    - Brad






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    THE 2016 BLUE STARS PRESENT: "Le Rêve"
    May 13, 2016 10:58 PM (Submitted by: Brad)

    A Fantasy. A Painting. A Dream?

    A journey of artistry, disbelief, conflict, romance, pain, and consolation.




     
    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2016
    May 1, 2016 8:11 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    Each year, the Blue Stars take time to honor those people that contributed and sacrificed tirelessly to make the organization what it is today – and who shape what it can and will be in the future – with induction into the Blue Stars Hall of Fame. Those honorees include our founders, administrators, instructors, members, volunteers, and supporters all of whom believed in the success of the Blue Stars' mission.


    Nominations for the Blue Stars Hall of Fame are solicited each winter, with the inductees chosen by the current Hall of Fame members and Blue Stars Board of Directors. Three individuals have been selected as the class of 2016 to join the current members of the Blue Stars Hall of Fame.



    PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE GRAND PREMIER & HALL OF FAME CEREMONY





    Billy Happel
    Drum Major, Past Board Member, Volunteer






    There are a handful of people that cut across the history of the Blue Stars and are known to people from all eras. Billy Happel is one of those people. He has impacted the Blue Stars from on and off the field, and greatly contributed to the organization's success.

    Billy joined the Blue Stars in the fall of 1964 and marched 3rd soprano with the 1965 parade corps. He moved to french horn for the 1966-1969 seasons. In 1971 Billy was named the corps' drum major, and position he held with distinction through the 1974 season.

    Billy formally returned to the Blue Stars in 2004, when he joined the organization's board of directors. In that role, he was part of the team that took the corps from Division III back to World Class status, culminating in the corps' return to DCI World Class finals in 2008.

    Billy was the show coordinator for River City Rhapsody - La Crosse from 2004-2008, and continues to this day as the housing coordinator for that show.


















    Bob & Deb Smith
    Parents, Board Members, Transportation Coordinator, Volunteers

    Every era of the Blue Stars contains special people. People that strap the corps to their backs and through sheer force of effort and determination, will the corps to success and stability. During the 1990s, two of those people were Bob and Deb Smith.

    Bob marched in the Blue Stars in 1975 (tympani) and 1976 (tenors), and Deb marched in 1977(rifle). It was their son Eric that brought them back to the corps in 1994. During their time with the corps, they were super volunteers that did whatever job was necessary to give the members a great experience.

    Deb ran the food program and sewed uniforms. Bob was the vehicle and transportation guru who made sure our fleet stayed safely on the road. Both were instrumental in designing and building the corps' first 48-foot mobile kitchen trailer - a unit that continues to serve the corps to this day! Finally, Both Bob and Deb both spent time on the board of directors, with both serving as board president during their tenures.

    "The years spent supporting youth music activities both in drum corps and band were and are very special years," said Deb. "So many fun events took place and there were so many MANY wonderful people that we met that there are enough stories to write a book. I feel humbled, blessed and honored to join this dedicated group of peers who worked so hard to build not only the Blue Stars but support youth music activities."















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    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2015
    
Marge Kile
    
Timothy Kviz
    
Judy Young

    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2014
    
Dawn Christianson
    
Charlie Cullen
    
Brad Furlano
    
Colin Klos

    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2013
    
Erwin Albrecht
    
Moe Latour
    
Richard "Doc" Nelson
    
Steve Stueck

    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2012
    
Joe and Avis Furlano
    
Jay Severance
    
Terry Thirion
    
Rick Young

    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2011
    
David Dummer
    
Frank Van Voorhis
    
Dr. David Kampschroer
    
James Schultz
    
Denise Pagonis
    
Brian Whitty

    The Blue Stars Class of 2016 Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the Grand Premier event on Saturday, June 18 in La Crosse. Please make plans to attend and help us honor these great individuals.

     
    Frank Van Voorhis 1932-2015
    Nov 18, 2015 9:32 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    It is with great sadness we pass along the news that the founder of the Blue Stars, Frank Van Voorhis, has passed away. There will be a memorial gathering on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 4-7 PM at the Schumacher – Kish Funeral & Cremation Services, 200 West Ave. S., La Crosse. There will be no service.

    Everything we have today was built on the shoulders of Frank's dream of a drum corps for the youth of La Crosse. Perhaps the best tribute to Frank are these words written in the early 80s by Dave Dummer, Frank's friend who helped him start the corps in the early 1960s.


    Let me tell you about the beginning.

    In the beginning, there was but one man. "The Blue Stars" were conceived in the mind of Frank Van Voorhis alone. Frank was, and still is, my best friend. He brought the idea to my attention. The time, the year, are not important. It was in the beginning.

    Although I turned a deaf ear to Frank's exhortations to become involved with his junior drum corps notion, he persisted for over a year. I guess the theme that he finally utilized to win me over was this: "There are hundreds of government and privately funded recreation programs for the sports-oriented youngsters, but almost nothing for those interested in music. A junior drum corps can fill that roll." I believed him and we began to develop what was now a joint adventure.

    There were always two parts to the basic concept in the formation of "The Blue Stars Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps." The first part had to do with the fact that the vehicle, the corps itself, had to be fashioned to excellence. Not La Crosse excellence, not area excellence, but national excellence. We could be competitive with the world, not just competitive to participate, but competitive to win. We felt as long as they keep score, it would be less than a good learning experience for members if the vehicle effort would be satisfied with no less than a winning performance.

    To demand this type of effort of youth members dedicated a further conceptual decision. We would make sure that what we demanded could be reached with honest effort. We would not be satisfied with less than the best tools. Both tools in the form of equipment and tools in the form of instruction and leadership. The drum corps would not be started until these things were possible.

    To start the ball rolling we formed a color guard and marched them in parades. Frank read, studied, researched and taught marching and maneuvering. We dreamed up the colors, the theme, and the uniform at my kitchen table using my kids coloring crayons to depict what we saw in the future...and we finally achieved financial support and produced the corps.

    The second part of our junior corps philosophy and the more important in the long run, was that each member must experience a positive learning experience. We wanted the corps to be a community within a community. A community where all the citizens would have a chance to better prepare themselves for the future. If we were to play music then we would teach legitimate music. We didn't want a member to be only a bugle player, but a musician. We would use the precision needed for drum corps as a structural concept that would be projected to everything in a member's future quest to find out how he would contribute to society. We wound not practice drum corps for drum corps sake alone. That would be a hollow goal and not worthy of the time and effort demanded of all to reach the level of vehicle success we envisioned. There are a goodly number of successful people around who feel may have received some help from this part of the Blue Stars Philosophy.

    That's in fact, where our price and memories dwell at this time. Certainly the fun and the success we had are great to remember. However, the traditions were meant to be built on more than that. The soul of the corps was not magnified by the efforts of Frank Van Voorhis or Dave Dummer to make a great junior drum and bugle corps. The spirit of the corps and the guarantee of the corps continuity was manifested in another way. It was found in its' leaders' dedication to the edification of its members. It was found in its' members' dedication to each other and not to personal glorification. We are not a corps of spiritual soloists. We are a group of people sincerely believing in each other and working and looking forward to the growth and success of those we worked with, and not just in drum corps. No prima donna members here, no self-centered instructors, no egomaniac directors. And the corps became great. The vehicle excelled.

    There was only one in the beginning: Frank Van Voorhis. I feel proud to have been his partner and hope my contribution helped to enhance the philosophy.

    Both the tradition and corner stone for a successful future are the same. It's not the phenomenal success of the drum corps, but the quality of contributions to society the members of those corps are exhibiting now. They are the proof that the soul of the program both individually and collectively constitute the reasons that some righteous privilege of membership should be made available to our young people today. Tell everyone what you stand for, what you believe your program can do, what it's done for you and others, and believe it yourself. Frank and I did in the beginning and those following us can too!

    Respectfully Submitted,
    
Dave Dummer

     
    Blue Stars Choose Yamaha
    Nov 4, 2015 4:54 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    Buena Park, Calif. (November 6, 2015) — Yamaha today announced that the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps have chosen to become the eighth corps in the World Class division of Drum Corps International (DCI) to adopt all-Yamaha brass and percussion instruments.

    "We decided that if we give our students the best equipment possible, we are also providing them with the greatest chance to succeed, so we are going with Yamaha across the board," said Brad Furlano, executive director of the Blue Stars, based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. "We know that Yamaha stands behind its product and provides service that is second to none."

    In addition to playing Yamaha 9300 series marching snare drums and 8300 series marching toms and bass drums, the Blue Stars will use the company's Xeno trumpets, marching F mellophones, marching Bb baritones, marching Bb euphoniums, marching Bb tubas, as well as 6300 series copper timpani and the Multi-Frame II product lineup for all front ensemble instruments. The corps also uses all Yamaha sound reinforcement equipment, including a TF digital mixing console, a synthesizer, loudspeakers, power amps, a DTX-Multi12 electronic percussion pad and a Live Custom acoustic drum set.

    Yamaha has supported DCI – Marching Music's Major League™ – since 1985. In that time, Yamaha corps have compiled an enviable record of accomplishments, including 16 DCI Championships, 15 Fred Sanford High Percussion Awards and nine Jim Ott High Brass Awards – all more than any other manufacturer. In addition, corps that rely on Yamaha have won a third of all gold, silver and bronze medals bestowed in DCI competition since 1985. At its heart, DCI and its affiliated corps are centered on music education and Yamaha affiliated drum and Bugle corps have launched the careers of thousands of music educators in the United States and around the world.

    About Yamaha
    Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

    AUDITION for the 2016 Blue Stars!

     
    Blue Stars SIDE SHOW Repertoire
    May 26, 2015 9:52 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)
     
    Dr. David Kampschroer 1940-2015
    Feb 16, 2015 6:15 PM (Submitted by: Bradley Harris)

    The Blue Stars mourn the passing of Dr. David Kampschroer, one of the key figures in the history of the organization. One of the founders of the corps, Dr. K. was an early drum instructor until taking the reigns as director in 1969. Little did anyone know the impact he was to have on the Blue Stars and the drum corps activity.

    For the Blue Stars, the Kampschroer era was one of unprecedented success as the Blue Stars burst onto the national drum corps scene and became perennial finalists in Drum Corps International competitions. Dr. K. was a leader with a sharp competitive spirit, but cared deeply about the members and the positive life-experiences they learned in the corps.

    Dr. K. was one of the charter corps directors of the Midwest Combine in 1971, the predecessor to DCI's founding in 1972. Kampschroer worked actively as one of the founding fathers of the new DCI organization and served as its first executive director. He later chaired the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame committee.

    David was an inaugural member of both the Blue Stars Hall of Fame and Drum Corps International Hall of Fame.



    Memories of Dr. K, as told by those who knew him:




    Billy Happel
    What can I say about the man that 1,000 other people won't say? He was my mentor; He was like a dad to me; He would tell you his thoughts whether you liked them or not; All these things and more will be said by everyone that ever knew him.

    Every year during the years he was director, he was given a blank check from one of our sponsors. It had a designated limit, but could be used for anything he thought the corps needed and it was up to him on what he thought best. Not once was that check used for equipment, instructors, fuel, bus repairs, etc. He used that check every year for a comfort or extra for the members and staff, whether it be a stay in a hotel after finding less than adequate housing, a day at an amusement park, a full blown sit down dinner at a real restaurant... the list goes on. He would always tell me, they said it was to be used for something the corps needed, and right now, they need this.

    He taught me so much about how to interact with people, "You will always have to deal with people that don't like you or your ideas,...your job is to get them to like you without them knowing it."

    We had our times... like the one hot day of practice in 1972, when running through South Rampart for the 100th time, I decided to lighten things up and did the strut down the 50 as a joke. The kids were howling. David came over and said, that's in the show. I went berserk telling him there was no way I would do that in a performance and after arguing with him for what seemed an hour, he looked at me and said,"Fine, I will find someone else to do it". You know the rest of the story. Again, he was right, and I hated and loved him for it.


    Tom Leith
    I remember speaking with Dr. K. prior to the Applefest parade in LaCrescent in the fall of 1968. That was immediately after he assumed the reigns of the corps from Dave Dummer. I remember so much enthusiasm, anticipation, and "gritty drum corps moxey" in his voice. And you could see it in his eyes. That "thing" that you can't describe or adequately explain. That special posture where you knew that something special was going to be occurring in the near future.



    Terry Thirion
    We new him as "The Duke."
    A man with a vision to always keep building the program.
    To always keep the kids as the sole purpose.
    To give any member the opportunity to excel in his corps position, and life.
    He taught me how to recover from a loss and bounce back the next day.
    He worked hard, we all worked hard, and enjoyed the victories together.


    Richard "Doc" Nelson
    Dave first talked to me about joining Blue Stars at Atlanta in 1969. In June,1970, I joined the Blue Stars in Lansing, Michigan, and as they say, the rest is history. Among Dave's many enduring qualities was his card playing abilities. He (and his wife Barb) always played to Win! He will always be remembered by me as a winner. I am truly blessed to call him a friend.


    Rick Young
    I still have a vivid memory of the Corps marching at Geneseo, Il. for the 1st show of 1969. They were really ready and performed well. But, one of the horn judges misinterpreted the intonation area and we got dumped by several points. After our performance I, and others on staff, got hugs and congrats from the likes of the Cavies and other competitors who were sure that we had won that night. When the scores were announced we were devastated. Dr. K brought us all together and gave us a choice. Either pick ourselves up and go on from here or become a tour group and give up drum corps. Needless to say, we decided to stay a corps .


    Steve Stueck
    When Dr Kampschroer was with the corps there was always a higher energy level. After one of his motivational speeches that level went through the roof. We wanted to do great things for this man.

    During more recent years I would often get phone calls to get the inside scoop on Winter rehearsals. He was always interested in hearing how his baby was doing. He was quite dismayed that the organization at one time was very nearly wiped out. But through the efforts of many people - many of which had been impacted quite positively by him - the Blue Stars not only survived but are once again thriving as a World Class corps.


    Tom King
    First met Dave when I joined the corps in the fall of 1964. He was one of my drum instructors, working mainly with the tenor drummers. I remember practicing on boards upstairs in the old Autolite building. Years later when I became Corps Director, it was Dave's encouragement that helped us make the commitment to increase the size of the infrastructure to allow for the planned growth. His advice was " make sure you do it right." As I look back on those times, I don't remember him ever telling me what he thought I should do, only encouraged me to do what felt right for long term success. In 1997 we placed second in Division 2. No one was more excited that Dave, which was hard for him as his DCI role required that he be focused on all the corps.



    Brad Furlano
    The entire Blue Stars organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. David Kampschroer. Dr. K's contribution to the Blue Stars and the drum corps activity is widely known, but many may not realize he continued to be a trusted resource to me and the organization through our reemergence as a World Class Corps in the last decade. He was always a phone call away to provide advice, a kind word of support, or even a kick in the pants if necessary. He will be missed by all and our condolences go out to Barb and his entire family.





    David Kampschroer Remembered

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    Thank You Equipment Trailer Donors!
    Nov 4, 2014 9:51 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    A heartfelt Thank You to all of the generous people who donated in support of the Blue Stars new equipment trailer project. The project is vitally important for the corps' future and your donations will make it possible.



    DONATE NOW


    $10,000 or More
    Tom Volk

    $1,000 to $9,999
    Timothy and DeLisa Kviz
    Kevin Hanson - In Memory of Debora Hanson
    Patricia Finn - In memory of Judy Finn
    Anonymous
    Blue Stars Alumni Association
    John and Fran Donahue
    John Bolstad

    $500 to $999
    Brad, Niki, and Ethan Furlano
    Jenny Wagner
    Anonymous
    Jeff & Mary Ackerson
    Dan Humiston '69-70
    Carmella Van Vleet - In honor of Matt Van Vleet (Blue Stars Alum)
    Jay and Kathryn Severance

    $100 to $499
    Mark Jordan
    Eddie Moore - Euphonium Vet
    James Cronin
    Linda Minnotte
    Chuck and Amy Stoltz
    Ilene Arends - In honor of Blue Stars Volunteers
    Ryan and Candee Ostreng
    Jenny Wagner
    Anonymous
    Anita Jagt - In honor of Jonathon Jagt
    The Musketts
    Jim and Karen Miller
    Neal Villanueva - In honor of Sean Villanueva
    Michael Konecny - In honor of Oliver Konecny
    Nancy Konecny - In honor of Oliver Konecny
    Dawn, Deandra, Danny Christianson
    Jon Braude
    Your Friends at the West Virginia Mushroom Club
    Cyndi Braude
    Skyler and Taylor Winkler
    Dan Humiston 69-70
    Michael Villano
    Frank Gorman
    Timothy Harms - In honor of Emme Harms
    Lee, Val & Jaime Pallansch
    Tim and Rosa Lundin
    Jay & Esther Kamp
    Kathryn LeMahieu Roeder
    David Mauney - In honor of Hailee Mauney
    Bette & Rick Kirby
    William Hammond - In memory of Jim Shultz and Pierre Beelendorf

    $10 to $99
    Layney Pieratt
    Dianne Christianson
    Newton Hughes - In honor of Heather Dickinson
    Kyle Bieda
    Luke Delwiche
    Connor Fenoglio
    Tom Bulak
    In honor of Kevin Krivosik - Home Is Where the Heart Is
    Laura & John Donovan
    Martin Kvasnak
    Rick & Judy Young
    Kevin J. Ramsey
    Carolyn Stevens
    Caroline Ngo
    Christina Knundsen
    Nancy Morgan - In Honor of Josh Morgan
    Judy & Bob Dangel
    Ken & Judy Teeters
    Mike and Caryn Pope
    D'ante McNeal
    Travis Peterman
    John Wadas
    Richard and Jennifer Miller
    Steven Stueck - In memory of Robbin 'Simba' Le Roy
    Sharon Bornheimer Bryant 73-75
    Jason Schmidt
    New Member Mom
    Francesco Mazzella
    Alan and Karla Conrad
    Billy and Kathy Happel
    Karen and Steve Severance - In honor of Jay and Kathryn Severance
    Karen and Steve Severance - In honor of Robert Severance
    Karen and Steve Severance - In honor of Tim and Susie Rohde
    Karen and Steve Severance - Douglas Severance and Christine Cyr
    Karen and Steve Severance - Dr. David Severance and Dr. Leslie Man
    Larry And Cindy Albrecht - In memory of Robbin "Simba" LeRoy
    Sally Davis
    Bradley R. Harris
    Kimberly Rowley
    Oswald Cuzco
    Alex Larson

     
    New Equipment Trailer FAQs
    Oct 30, 2014 1:13 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)


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    Q: Why is a new trailer needed?
    A: Simply stated, the current trailer is not large enough to meet the efficient transportation needs of a 150-member drum corps and its current instrumentation. When it was built in 2006, the Blue Stars were 128 members. Now, the group is 150 members, including 16 tubas (instead of 12 in 2006) and other slight instrumentation changes. To accommodate the corps' current needs and provide space for future changes, the new trailer will be the largest legally allowed in all dimensions: longest, highest, lowest, and widest.

    Additionally, the new trailer will be faster and easier to load for all sections, but especially the front ensemble. The bottom section of the trailer will have additional door openings, lower floors (easier for loading and unloading heavy keyboards), and even a ramp for the heaviest equipment. The stairs for entry and exit of the upper floor of the trailer will be a standard rise over run to provide a consistent entrance and exit for members with large equipment in their hands.

    Q: Why buy a new trailer instead of a used?
    A: We looked extensively on the used market for a previously owned, late-year, 53-foot, double-drop trailer. They simply are not available. Trailers that are close to our desired specification are not significantly cheaper than new. Plus, used trailers also have maintenance concerns, must have work done to reconfigure doors, must be painted to cover existing graphics, etc…

    By starting with a new trailer, we are able to get factory installed doors, bracing, and other features to our exact specifications. The trailer comes with a factory warranty and an expected 25-year – or longer – usable life span. We can build-out the trailer in a manner very specific to the needs of a modern marching arts organization and be confident of measuring its usable life in decades. The corps has owned 5 semi trailers in its 50-year history (4 in just the last 20 years). We fully expect the new trailer to be in use by the organization through its 75th anniversary in 2039, and probably longer.

    Q: What will be some of the features of the new trailer?
    A: Just a few of the major upgrades/features of the new trailer are:

  • 5 doors for the front ensemble to load the lower section, including a ramp entry at the rear of the trailer.

  • Dedicated guard equipment storage. Currently the guard have simply put their flag bags loose into the box truck

  • Storage space for extra uniforms, uniform accessories, gloves, shoes, sewing supplies, etc…

  • Storage space for Dr. Beat, and MegaVox equipment, with charging capability

  • Dedicated cabinet space for sticks, mallets, tape, drum heads, etc…

  • Generator compartment with metal firewall

  • Trumpets and mellophones will access equipment from outside bays

  • Tubas will have built-in storage cubbies instead of being transported in cases (saving space and wear and tear on the instruments)

  • Vastly increased lighting capabilities in the upper, lower, and entrance areas of the trailer

  • Lighter aluminum stairs for entrance and exit

  • Increased uniform spacing and airflow to aid drying after performances

  • Reinforced front trailer corners to protect against low tree branches (a common occurrence as trailers maneuver through neighborhoods to show sites)

    Q: Who is designing the new trailer?
    A: We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Terry Maurer and the Santa Clara Vanguard and Blue Devils organizations. Terry designed and built the SCV and BD trailers in the past few years, and has been extremely generous in sharing plans, pictures, and his extensive knowledge and wisdom in tackling this massive project. The trailer the Blue Stars are ordering and building will be largely the same as the SCV and BD versions, with minor differences for instrumentation and other preferences.

    For a general idea of the project, this excellent photo album of the SCV build.

    Q: Who is building the new trailer?
    A: The trailer will be built with a combination of volunteers and key community partners from the La Crosse area. We will need general carpenters, welders, electricians, cabinet makers, painters, flooring installers (carpet and rubber tile), and anyone that is handy with a hammer and wrench. More details about what skills are needed and when will be be announced at a later date.

    Q: Where will the new trailer be built?
    A: The trailer will be built by Kentucky Trailer in Louisville, KY with expected delivery in mid-February. We are currently working to secure an inside location to build out the inside of the trailer in the La Crosse area during the cold Wisconsin winter.

    Q: What happens if the activity changes in a significant size or instrumentation area?
    A: While nobody has a crystal ball to predict the future, we are reasonably confident the current make up of the activity is stable for the foreseeable future. However, should significant instrumentation or membership size changes occur down the road, the modular construction of the upper floor will easily allow for reconfiguration of the shelving and uniform storage to accommodate the shifts.

    Q: The graphics mock up on the new trailer picture look awesome. Will the new trailer look like the picture?
    A: The picture we're currently using is an artist's rendering of an existing Kentucky double-drop trailer with Blue Stars' graphics. The picture does not have an accurate representation of door placement or other trailer features. While the final graphics will be a huge improvement over the current trailer, they will likely be different than the mock-up used in the current promotional materials.



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    An Interview with Tom Volk about the New Equipment Trailer Project
    Oct 30, 2014 12:51 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    The new equipment trailer project is one of the largest single projects the Blue Stars have ever tackled from a time, volunteer, and financial standpoint. It will be an "all-hands-on-deck" endeavor to have the trailer ready to roll for the start of the 2015 season.

    The success of a big project like this can hinge on the involvement of an angel donor; someone to inspire others to join them in support of the project and the corps. We couldn't be happier to have Tom Volk in the lead on the trailer project, as he is one of the kindest, most generous folks involved in the Blue Stars. He is one of our stalwart volunteers and the current Co-Blue Star of the Year. His smiling face can often be found stirring up a batch of Gatorade or serving hungry members on the food line on the road.

    Tom has stepped up in a big way to make the equipment trailer a reality and challenge others to join him in support of the project and the corps, with a $25,000 matching challenge. Tom will personally match your donation – dollar for dollar – to make the new equipment trailer a reality for the 2015 season.



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    Executive Director Brad Furlano recently had lunch with Tom to discuss the project and the Blue Stars. Here's what Tom had to say:

    BF: Why is the equipment trailer project important to you?

    TV: When you spend time on the road (42 days for me last season), you begin to see where the issues and inefficiencies intrude on the member experience. A drum-corps day is all about rigid adherence to a schedule and routine. Wake-up, eat, unload the truck, practice, eat, practice, load the truck, eat, go to the show site, unload the truck, perform, load the truck, eat, load, travel, sleep. Repeat.

    The current equipment trailer situation simply doesn't allow efficient and timely loading or unloading of equipment. It was built for a corps with fewer members and less equipment. The corps has developed a process to make sure it all gets done, but there are still regular occurrences when front ensemble and other loading crew members have to cut short show preparation.

    There is no way to speed the process on the current truck because of the jigsaw-puzzle way it must be loaded. So much equipment stored in the aisles creates a situation where different sections of the corps can only partially load before waiting on another section to finish, all while trying to eat, shower, pack, and prepare for a show. Sometimes we even have to wait to leave a show site because the truck is still being loaded.

    I've had a chance to see the SCV and BD versions of this trailer in action in the parking lot after shows, and the differences are stark. Quick, efficient, and safe unloading and loading by all sections. More time for sleep. More time for rehearsal.

    BF: You generously donate your time and money to support the Blue Stars. What is it about the corps that inspires you to give so freely?

    TV: I never marched drum corps, but I was in a competitive VFW-type summer marching band in my home town and instructed there as well. I spent a total of 25 years with the Warren Jr. Military Band in Ohio. The Blue Stars remind me a lot of my time in the band and the experiences I had as a member: a strong sense of family and working towards common goals with hard work and determination. I see so much support for each other among the members. For example, at spring training I watched an age-out member run alongside to support and encourage a slower new member who was having a really rough time. The age-out was among the fastest, but he gave up his chance for bragging rights to help someone out. It's astonishing to watch the development of individuals and the group over the course of a season.

    The Blue Stars have become my home. From the first day, since I was invited to march the Oktoberfest parade in 2008, I have felt welcomed and have made many, many friends through the corps along the way. The equipment trailer project is a chance for me to give back and make the Blue Stars' experience even better for the members.

    The need for a new Blue Stars equipment truck is real, and the time is now to address the problem. I hope others that have marched, had children march, or simply have marveled at the accomplishments of the young adults in the Blue Stars will join me to make the new trailer a reality.

    BF: What is it about the Blue Stars that makes you come back each year?

    TV: I think the environment created at the Blue Stars and in drum corps in general is extraordinary in its capacity to provide a safe, supportive place for young adults to meet, work alongside, and socialize with people from different walks of life. In a world of divisions, drum corps is a beacon of unity. As a university professor, I am well-engaged with developing young people to realize their hopes and dreams by working hard. The Blue Stars are doing exactly the same thing in the interactions between members, staff, and volunteers. I think we can and should do anything we can to support and encourage that type of interaction and education among young adults.

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    Join Tom and the Blue Stars in support of the new equipment trailer project. We need your support to make it happen and get the new trailer on the road for the 2015 season. For more information, check out the FAQs about the equipment trailer build. Please support this project with your donation today!



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    2015 Blue Stars Present "SIDE SHOW"
    Sep 26, 2014 11:02 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)



    The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps is excited to announce its 2015 program SIDE SHOW. The corps will present a look at both the spectators and the spectacles of a 1930s traveling carnival, showcasing a thrilling range of characters and their many diverse talents.

    "Michael Shapiro, Richard Saucedo, Ian Grom, John Mapes, and Tim Fairbanks have put together an amazing and unique world for the Blue Stars to explore both visually and musically," said executive director Brad Furlano. "SIDE SHOW will be a fabulous performance vehicle for our members, and a highly enjoyable experience for audiences across the country. I can't wait to see this production grow and transform over the next 10 months."

    2015 Auditions
    Auditions for the Blue Stars' 2015 season will be at five different locations across the United States during November and December 2014. Visit the audition sign-up page to register to attend one of the audition camps.

     
    Blue Stars Mourn Passing of Marjory "Ma" Anderson
    Jul 1, 2014 11:22 AM (Submitted by: Bradley Harris)

    It is with great sadness we pass along the news that Marjory 'Marge' E. Anderson has passed. As a chaperone and mother of 6 corps members, Marjory was best known as "Ma" Anderson to members and staff. Our condolences to the entire Anderson family.

    Obituary

    Marge's family has graciously offered for memorials in her honor be given to the Blue Stars:

    Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps
    PO Box 2523
    La Crosse, WI 54602

     
    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2014
    Apr 24, 2014 2:11 PM (Submitted by: Brian Whitty)

    2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, a history rich with success and celebrations, trials and tribulations, and the embodiment of Finis Coronat Opus. We honor those people that contributed and sacrificed tirelessly to make the organization what it is today – and who shape what it can and will be in the future – with induction into the Blue Stars Hall of Fame. Those honorees include our founders, administrators, instructors, members, volunteers, and supporters all of whom believed in the success of the Blue Stars' mission.


    Nominations for the Blue Stars Hall of Fame are solicited each winter, with the inductees chosen by the current Hall of Fame members and Blue Stars Board of Directors. Four individuals have been selected as the class of 2014 to join the 15 current members of the Blue Stars Hall of Fame.



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    Dawn Christianson
    Alumnus, Parent, Past Board Member, Volunteer



    Dawn Christianson started her marching career in 1968 with the Blue Star Cadets, moving up to the "A Corps" for 5 years starting in 1972. After Dawn aged out, she began her long and storied career as one of the organization's top volunteers. There is simply no job too small or large for Dawn to tackle. Just a small sampling of her volunteer work would include: fundraising, event management, souvenir sales, bingo, member housing, Oktoberfest, food program, and on and on. Dawn always picks up the phone and is willing to roll up her sleeves to help.

    Perhaps Dawn's greatest contribution to the Blue Stars was during her tenure on the organization's board of directors. Dawn was part of the team in the early 2000s that rebuilt the organization from the ground up and positioned it for the success enjoyed today.

    As stated in her nomination: "Dawn is an endless well of enthusiasm and support, and a tireless worker for the Blue Stars. She is deserving of the honor of induction into the Blue Stars Hall of Fame."


    Charlie Cullen
    Alumnus, Board Member, Volunteer


    Charlie Cullen started with the Blue Stars as a baritone player in the organization's first drum corps. He has been dedicated volunteer and supporter of the organization ever since. A humble man who doesn't seek the spotlight, Charlie quietly does what needs to be accomplished to make the organization a success - whether that is formulating business plans in his role as a board member, stirring up 100 gallons of drink mix on the road, or setting the bar for financial support of the corps.

    In the 70s, Charlie found out the corps needed a new equipment truck. He told Dr. K to buy what was needed and send him the bill. In the years since then, Charlie has been first in line to donate to every fundraiser and campaign organized by the corps, often challenging others to match his contributions. Additionally, for many years he has quietly supported many members who came up a little short on tuition.

    As stated in his nomination: "I believe any member of the Blue Stars Hall of Fame first needs to pass a simple test - Would the corps be where it is today without this person's involvement. There is nobody that passes that test better than Charlie."


    Brad Furlano
    Alumnus, Designer, Instructor, Board Member, Executive Director


    Brad Furlano joined the Blue Star Cadets in the fall of 1981 as a snare drummer, a role he held for exactly one parade before it was decided the 10-year-old was too small to carry the drum. He was made drum major instead, a position he held until aging out of the Blue Stars in 1993.

    Brad began phase two of his Blue Stars' career in 1994, first as a visual instructor, then as drill designer, and finally as program coordinator. During this period, the corps established itself as one of the top small corps in the country, with the visual caption playing a key role in the organization's success.

    Phase three began with the corps' financial crisis in 2003. In a cost-cutting move, Furlano agreed to be the corps' interim director for the season (a season that culminated in the Blue Stars' 4th Division III World Championship). At the conclusion of 2003, Brad was a key part of the team that remade the organization from top to bottom, resulting in the corps' return to World Class competition in 2006. He became the organization's executive director before the 2006 season, a position he still holds.

    As stated in his nomination: "Brad has devoted much of his youth and adult life to the goals and ideals of the Blue Stars. He has lived the Blue Stars' way and works every day to pass those ideals on to each succeeding year of Blue Stars."


    Colin Klos
    Alumnus, Designer, Instructor


    Colin Klos started with the Blue Stars as a baritone player in the organization's first drum corps. After aging out of the brass line, he continued with Blue Stars as a member of the marching and maneuvering staff. In 1976 Colin became the visual designer and marching and maneuvering caption head, a position he held at the Blue Stars through the 1980 season. With his creativity and innovation, the Blue Stars continued their proud tradition of excellence during his design tenure.

    As stated in his nomination: "Colin wrote some of the best visual programs of his era and always represented the Blue Stars with professionalism and grace. Colin was at the top of his game in the late 70s and could have designed for many other corps for more money, but remained true to the Blue Stars. A trait shared by Blue Star instructors then, and now."





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    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2013
    
Erwin Albrecht
    
Moe Latour
    
Richard "Doc" Nelson
    
Steve Stueck

    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2012
    
Joe and Avis Furlano
    
Jay Severance
    
Terry Thirion
    
Rick Young

    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2011
    
David Dummer
    
Frank Van Voorhis
    
Dr. David Kampschroer
    
James Schultz
    
Denise Pagonis
    
Brian Whitty

    The Blue Stars Class of 2014 Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the Grand Premier event on Saturday, June 14 in La Crosse. Please make plans to attend and help us honor these great individuals.

     
    Blue Stars Welcome Christina Knudsen as Director of Development
    Feb 26, 2014 3:39 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    Blue Stars, Performing Arts for Youth, Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Christina Knudsen as the organization's new director of development. Christina brings a wealth of talent and experience to the position, in addition to a direct connection to the La Crosse area and its nonprofit community.


    Christina Knudsen

    A native Wisconsin resident, Christina has been living and working in the La Crosse community since 1993. She has over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector, which she will leverage to bring effective solutions and partnerships to the Blue Stars.

    Christina began her career in nonprofit organizations as the Marketing Specialist for Workforce Connections, Inc. Her duties included marketing, event planning, grant writing, and program development. Feeding her passion for nonprofits, she later accepted a position at the Children's Museum of La Crosse during the beginning stages of the organization and thirteen years later her passion is still growing. Christina will continue working for the Children's Museum along with her new duties with the Blue Stars.

    Ms. Knudsen holds a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. She recently received a Masters of Education in Professional Development. She currently serves as the Communication Officer for the Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association and is an active community volunteer. Her spare time is spent with family and friends, and she enjoys running, reading, and raising her two daughters.

     
    2014 Blue Stars Present: Where the Heart Is
    Feb 5, 2014 9:54 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)



     

    Home. A place. A concept. A feeling.

    For 50 years people have been calling the Blue Stars home. Thousands of people have crossed our threshold and been welcomed into our family. Members, staff, volunteers, parents, and fans have all placed bricks on the foundation of hard work and excellence we strive for each year.

    We think of Home as an extraordinary place, a place filled with special people and memories. A place in which you can always turn. It is where our heart is. We all have our reasons for being part of the Blue Stars' family, and for returning to that family and special place we know as home year after year.

    In 2014 the Blue Stars will explore the idea of home with its production of "Where the Heart Is." The show will explore what it means to build a home, and how that environment shapes and forms the love of a family.

    "Where the Heart Is" will feature many of the elements that have become hallmarks of the Blue Stars: creative costuming, character development, and an innovative use of the field in making the production come to life.

    The production will draw from a wide variety of different musical selections, including:

    The Chairman Dances
    John Adams

    Homeward Bound
    Paul Simon

    Home
    Drew Pearson, Greg Holden

    To Build A Home
    The Cinematic Orchestra

    Original Music
    Richard Saucedo, Ian Grom, John Mapes

    Please join us on an exciting and emotional journey as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2014.

     
    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2013
    Apr 24, 2013 12:18 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    Beginning in 2011, the Blue Stars have honored individuals who have made an indelible mark on the organization during its 49-year history. The list includes our founders, administrators, instructors, members, volunteers, and supporters that have worked tirelessly to make the Blue Stars the outstanding organization it is today.

    Nominations are solicited each winter, with the inductees chosen by the current Hall of Fame members and Blue Stars Board of Directors. Four individuals have been selected as the class of 2013 to join the 11 current members of the Blue Stars Hall of Fame.




    Erwin Albrecht (1926-2012)
    Parent, Past Board Member, Volunteer



    Erwin Albrecht served as treasurer for the Blue Stars from the 60s to mid 70s in both the booster club and on the board of directors. He was also an important player in the relationship with First Federal Savings and Loan, an early financial backer of the corps.

    Erwin and Mary Albrecht first lived in La Crescent and moved La Crosse. They had four children, all marching in the brass section of the Blue Stars. The Albrechts represent one of the many hard working families from the 70s and Erwin is an excellent choice as a member of the Blue Stars Hall of Fame.






    Moe Latour
    Tour Director


    Moe Latour was an invaluable member of the Blue Stars family during the 70s and early 80s. He was the day-to-day administraive face of the Blue Stars. From coordinating the overall summer tour itinerary to the individual daily schedules, Moe saw to it that all aspects of the corps ran not only smoothly, but also in sync.

    Moe was well aware of the history and traditions of the Blue Stars. Moe was quick to see to it that all of the members lived up to their part in maintaining the integrity of the corps. Moe was the consummate southern gentleman when interacting with those within and outside the Blue Stars.

    Each day on tour Moe would wake the membership with that soothing southern drawl of "good mawning Blue Stars, it time for .....". He would assist with the meals, settle disputes, and listen to staff and members alike when they needed someone to talk to. On show days Moe would lead us into the stadium and was at the finish line to be the first to greet us after the show. Moe was the most public face of the corps during his time with the corps.


    Richard "Doc" Nelson
    Designer, Instructor


    Richard "Doc" Nelson was instrumental in the development of the Blue Stars in the early 70s. He joined the corps in 1970 after talking to Dave Kampschroer in 1969 and later to Frank Van Voorhis. He and Frank worked jointly on the drill design for the corps and Dick did the design and teaching for the color guard.

    He was innovative for his time, and the Blue Stars color guard had few rivals in those years. Each member was special to him. He worked well with Frank and formed a close friendship with fellow instructors Rick Young and Terry Thirion.

    Dick Nelson did Drum Corps for truly altruistic reasons – in fact "For The Kids!", without consideration for personal gain. There is no doubt he was a great role model for members of the Blue Stars, and those former marching members continue to benefit from his lessons and example.


    Steve Stueck
    Alumnus, Volunteer, Past Board Member, Instructor, Business Manager


    Steve Stueck has shown a selfless commitment to the Blue Stars, its members, and the drum and bugle corps activity. It is not an understatement to say that the reemergence of the Blue Stars as a World Class Corps would not have been possible without Steve's tireless volunteer efforts over the past 24 years.

    Time and time again, during good years and bad, Steve has stepped to the plate to complete needed tasks regardless of glamour or recognition. His love of the Blue Stars is unwavering, and he devotes a significant portion of his free time to the corps' business and success.

    Steve's dedication goes beyond the Blue Stars as an organization, however. He cares about each and every individual of the corps, from members to staff and other volunteers. In his role as a volunteer for DCI, he greets every corps with a smile and wave, and does everything in his power to ensure corps and members can concentrate on performing their very best.




    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2012
    
Joe and Avis Furlano
    
Jay Severance
    
Terry Thirion
    
Rick Young

    Blue Stars Hall of Fame Class of 2011
    
David Dummer
    
Frank Van Voorhis
    
Dr. David Kampschroer
    
James Schultz
    
Denise Pagonis
    
Brian Whitty

    The Blue Stars Class of 2013 Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the Grand Premier event on Saturday, June 15 in La Crosse. Please make plans to attend and help us honor these great individuals.

     
    Looking Back: Designing a Blue Stars Uniform
    Apr 1, 2013 1:37 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    Thanks to everyone for the great response to our little April Fools Day story about the Corps' new uniforms. We enjoyed everyone's comments and had some fun not taking ourselves too seriously for the day.

    Many have asked about how this actual uniform design sketch came into being. The answer takes us back to the fall of 2006. We were struggling to come up with a design that departed from the traditional cross straps the corps had used since its founding in 1964. Our efforts were going nowhere, when we saw some designs a young artist had created and posted to DCP.

    That young designer was Brent Becker. We contacted Brent and asked him if he would like to help us design a new uniform for the Blue Stars. He agreed and created around 20 designs for us to look at initially. Some were conservative updates to the classic uniform. Some were design studies that stretched the classic uniform into some extreme variations. And some were complete clean sheet designs of what the uniform could be if we broke completely with the cross straps of the past.

    The drawing that accompanied yesterday's April Fools Day article was one Brent did to show what an extreme interpretation of the cross straps might look like. Below you will see a collection of sketches Brent created during this process, including the design that eventually became the Corps' new uniform in 2007.

    The Blue Stars are pleased to announce we will be debuting new uniforms for the 2013 season (no joke!). These new uniforms will be the third set designed for the corps by Brent Becker and manufactured by our long-time uniform partner Stanbury Uniforms. We think they're the best in the business and can't wait for you to see them in action this summer!

    To begin your journey with Brent Becker and Stanbury Uniforms, please visit www.STANBURY.com.




     
    April Fools: Blue Stars Debut New Uniforms
    Apr 1, 2013 10:59 AM (Submitted by: Bradley Furlano)

    The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to unveil it's latest uniform design, set to debut on football fields across the United States. The design has been lauded as one that combines the rich history of the corps with an eye to the future of the activity.

    "We've been through a number of uniforms over the corps' nearly 50-year history, and this time around we wanted a look that would be both timeless and sophisticated," said Executive Director Brad Furlano. "We think this design is one that truly stands the test of time and could be our look for the next 50 years."

    The new uniform has something for everyone. Traditionalists will enjoy the return of the classic Blue Stars' helmet and red plume. The white on the jacket and pants is a modern take on the white cross straps and cumberbund with an added metallic red reimagining of the buckle.

    "The broken nature of the cross straps represents the struggles and triumphs the corps has endured during our first 50 years," said Furlano. "Each individual white piece directly corresponds to a significant event in the corps' history. For example, the bottom white piece on the performers' left leg represents the corps' founding in 1964. The piece on the lower left arm represents the corps' first A-60 championship in 1989. And the piece to the right of the red on the right shoulder represents the corps return to World Class status in 2006."

    As part of the celebration surrounding the debut of the new uniform. The corps will be auctioning off the naming rights to each individual piece of the uniform. The highest bidders for each of the 34 pieces will get the exclusive naming rights for a "history piece" on the uniform.

    We are pleased to announce today the first company to complete a naming rights deal: La Crosse's own Kwik Trip. For the duration of this uniform, Piece 17 and the corresponding Blue Stars' history event shall henceforth be known as "Kwik Trip Cafe Karuba presents the Blue Stars' 2008 return to DCI World Class finals."

    "While we hoped to debut the uniforms during the 2013 season, there may be a slight delay," said Furlano. "Each individual white piece on the uniform jacket and pants must be hand sewn, which has added considerable time to the manufacturing process. It currently is taking 27 days to complete one uniform, so it is currently projected that the set of 110 uniforms will be completed for the 2022 season. We are hopeful a new manufacturing process can be discovered to push the timeline a bit more aggressively.

     
    Fred Feeney Inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame
    Feb 22, 2013 11:12 AM (Submitted by: )

    Congratulations to Fred Feeney, Blue Stars Program & Staff Coordinator, for his induction into the WGI Hall of Fame.

    Amongst his numerous affiliations, Fred marched French horn in the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps in the 1978, 1979, and 1980 seasons, and was a Visual Staff member in 1981 and 1982. Fred has worked tirelessly on behalf of the marching arts activity and the honor is well deserved!

     
    Remembering Pierre Beelendorf
    Feb 18, 2013 2:22 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    It is with much sadness that the Blue Stars report the passing of former member Pierre Beelendorf. Pierre was a soprano player from 1974-1977 and was on brass staff from 1978-1982. Pierre was also a member of Disney's Future Corps performance ensemble at Epcot. Pierre will be missed by all who knew him and his family members are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Pierre Beelendorf Obituary.

    Many Blue Stars have inquired about sending cards to Pierre's family to express their sympathy. Please send all correspondence to:

    Liz Beelendorf
    501 Veranda Way
    G 103
    Naples, FL. 34104-6073

     
    2013 Blue Stars
    Jan 29, 2013 11:52 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)
     
    Passing of Linda McCann (Baierl)
    Jan 10, 2012 4:47 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    It is with much sadness that the Blue Stars report the passing of former member Linda McCann (Baierl). Linda was in the Blue Stars' color guard in the late 60s and early 70s. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Linda's family and friends. She will be missed.

    Visitation Information and an obituary can be found on the Gunderson Funeral Home web site.

     
    Blue Stars Mourn Passing of Bob Lendman
    Mar 19, 2011 6:18 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)
    It is with great sadness we pass along the news that former Blue Stars director Bob Lendman has passed. Our condolences to Allison and the entire Lendman family. We will pass along more info once it is known.
     
    Blue Stars Mourn Passing of Audrey "Ma" Whitty
    Mar 1, 2011 9:59 PM (Submitted by: Brian King)

    It is with much sadness that the Blue Stars report the passing of former volunteer Audrey Whitty. Audrey was a long-time supporter and volunteer of the Blue Stars through the 80s and 90s. Her son, Brian, marched with the Blue Stars in 1981 and served as the Corps Director from the time the corps reorganized in the early 80s through 1995. Audrey is remembered for her tireless work ethic and support of the corps, whether it be at camps, working the souvenir booth, cooking on tour, or helping with the bingo program. Our prayers go out to Brian and the entire Whitty family. She will be missed.

    Visitation Information and an Obituary can be found on the Uecker-Witt Funeral Home website: http://www.ueckerwitt.com/obits/obituaries.php/obitID/886980

     
    Blue Stars Members Crowned I&E Champions
    Jul 27, 2010 10:18 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    The Blue Stars would like to congratulate the following members for their achievements at the 2010 Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble competition.

    Gold Medal
    Auxiliary Ensemble: Tracey Nettler and Kekoa Mateo
    Brass Ensemble: Zack Crissman, Michael Chiapetto, Zach Ashcraft, Chris Rockwell, Chris Rush, Anthony Leonhardt, Kevin Guth, Paul Gentine, Briana Engelbert, Mike Villano

    Silver Medal
    Zach Ashcraft - Trumpet

    Congratulations to these and all the Blue Stars who competed in the I&E competition!

     
    2010 Program: Houdini
    Nov 12, 2009 3:09 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to present its 2010 production, "Houdini."

    Harry Houdini was a masterful performer on a most unconventional world stage. Omnipresent, he transcended the individual venues of his time. Houdini compelled audiences to enter his performances, and as he broke through one barrier after another he liberated their imaginations with his own. He knew he could make an audience think and feel as he chose. Houdini knew the power of his art and he knew its danger.

    Join the 2010 Blue Stars on a journey through the sights and sounds, the mystery and danger, the life of "Houdini."

    2010 Auditions

    Auditions for the Blue Stars' 2010 season will be at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, IN from November 20-22, 2009. Audition registration is now open. For more information, visit http://www.bluestars.org/audition/signup.php.

     
    Blue Stars Members Crowned I&E Champions
    Aug 6, 2009 10:44 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    The Blue Stars would like to congratulate the following members for their achievements at the 2009 Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble competition.

    Gold Medal
    Haakon Burntvedt - Flag
    Tracey Nettler and Kekoa Mateo - Auxiliary Ensemble
    David Oriente - Snare

    Silver Medal
    Chris Hammer - Saxophone
    Mark Donahue - Clarinet
    Jared Littleton - Tuba

    Bronze Medal
    Jared Hallstrom - Trumpet

    Congratulations to these and all the Blue Stars who competed in the I&E competition!

     
    2009 Program: The Factory
    Mar 20, 2009 7:54 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    The 2009 Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to present its 2009 production, "The Factory." The corps will explore the life, sounds, imagery, and experiences of 1940s era factory workers and the people often described as our Greatest Generation.

    The people of this time in American life are defined by an indomitable spirit of duty, honor, and country. World War II was raging on two fronts, displacing artists and intellectuals from throughout the world, bringing new ideas forged in disillusionment. Rosie the Riveter became a symbol of female patriotism as men went off to war and women streamed into factories to work on assembly lines.

    Ultimately these events changed and defined life in America completely. Women had experienced life away from the traditional role of homemaker; African-Americans would no longer accept second status and began the march to equality; the GI Bill allowed more men than ever before to achieve a college education. As a result, this time period challenged the traditional roles of individuals and inspired a new age of personal expression.

    The Blue Stars are looking forward to bringing the sights, sounds, and imagery of "The Factory" to the field in 2009.

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    Watch The Factory Trailer on The Blue Stars Fan Network

     
    L.B.S. Cadets, Inc. is now Blue Stars, Performing Arts for Youth, Inc.
    Mar 8, 2009 9:45 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    The parent organization of the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, Blue Star Cadets Youth Band, and Blue Stars Alumni Corps has changed its name from L.B.S. Cadets, Inc. to Blue Stars, Performing Arts for Youth, Inc.

    "This organizational name change is something we have been discussing for a few years now to better reflect the nature of our company," said Executive Director Brad Furlano. "The name L.B.S. Cadets, Inc. came about during our reorganization in the early 80s and was confusing to people as to how it relates to our organization and our current programs."

    "The new name of the corporation provides a better description of who we are and what we do," said Furlano. "Additionally, the new name provides a better platform in which to expand our program offerings in the future."

     
    Blue Stars Take 8th Place At DCI
    Aug 13, 2008 10:38 AM (Submitted by: Nick Young)

    The 2008 Ending to the show included a formation of a cyclist, complete with rotating wheels

    La Crosse Tribune Article

    Article on DCI.org

    Congrats to everyone involved with the Blue Stars this year for an extremely successful season!

    For the first time in 29 years, the Blue Stars placed in the top twelve corps at the DCI Finals. The Blue Stars finished in 8th place in 2008 after 14th place finishes in 2007 and 2006.

    Here are the scores from Saturday's Finals Show:

    1Phantom Regiment98.125
    2Blue Devils98.100
    3The Cavaliers97.325
    4Carolina Crown96.800
    5The Cadets94.750
    6Bluecoats93.175
    7Santa Clara Vanguard93.025
    8Blue Stars90.425
    9Blue Knights88.250
    10Boston Crusaders87.275
    11Glassmen87.200
    12Madison Scouts85.225

     
    Online Shopping To Benefit the Blue Stars
    Jul 15, 2008 10:50 PM (Submitted by: Nick Young)


    You will find hundreds of stores and thousands of special deals and coupons in our mall. We get a portion of every dollar spent in our mall.visitourmall.com/BlueStars

    Also, we have set up a shop page so that you can find the online mall and other similar programs more easily

     
    Magazine Fundraiser
    May 5, 2008 10:33 PM (Submitted by: Eric Sabach)

    Our online fundraising store has over 650 of the most popular magazine titles at up to 85% off newsstands prices. Purchase or renew your favorite magazine subscriptions and 40% of your purchase will go directly to the Blue Stars!

     
    Vic Firth and The Blue Stars Join Forces!
    Apr 12, 2008 3:26 PM (Submitted by: Eric Sabach, Corps Director/Director of Youth Programs)

    The Blue Stars are pleased to announce that they have entered into a 3-year agreement with Vic Firth to be the sole supplier of all percussion sticks and mallets.

    For over 40 years, Vic Firth has been a leader in design, innovation and technology. They have pioneered new concepts and methods to constantly improve upon the manufacturing process, resulting in the world's best drumsticks and mallets.

    Blue Stars Front Ensemble Arranger, Seth Adams says, "I am personally ecstatic that the Blue Stars are now exclusively using Vic Firth sticks and mallets. I have long been a fan of the quality and variety of Vic Firth products, as well as the value of Vic Firth's online resources and the company's dedication to quality percussion education. For the Blue Stars to be affiliated with the best stick and mallet company is an important step in our ensemble's progress."

    Neil Larrivee, Vic Firth's Director of Education and Product Development, “All of us at Vic Firth are thrilled to welcome the Blue Stars to the Vic Firth team! We have all watched as the corps, now with DCI World Class status has continued to grow with excellence and impact within the marching music community. With an exciting staff of educators and designers, along with great performers and an experienced administration team--the future will likely be brighter then ever for this fine corps! We are so happy to have all of this now occur while the Blue Stars choose to perform exclusively with Vic Firth sticks and mallets. We wish you all the best!”

    Eric Sabach, Corps Director, said “Vic Firth is a wonderful company with true vision from both a product and marketing standpoint. Vic Firth’s brand strategy reaches into many markets and their educational initiatives affect many students around the world that will now know more about The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Quality of product and quality of sound are the two trademarks of a Vic Firth implement. That and being able to work with a like-minded person like Neil makes this relationship a no brainer! Vic and their people are the best in the industry.”

    For more about Vic Firth, their products and their amazing artists, please go to www.vicfirth.com

    For more about the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, please visit www.bluestars.org

     
    2008 Program: Le Tour
    Mar 3, 2008 7:45 PM (Submitted by: Eric Sabach)

    The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps is proud to present their 2008 program entitled “Le Tour: Every Second Counts.” Since its’ inception in 1903, the Tour de France has tested the limits of the human heart and to this day remains one of the most physically and mentally challenging events in the world. Words like “Passion”, “Intensity”, “Endurance”, and “Teamwork” only begin to describe the attributes needed to compete with the world’s best cyclists in this 21-stage event. These words are also descriptive of the skills each performer must demonstrate throughout the summer in the drum corps activity.

    Musically, the Blue Stars 2008 repertoire will feature original material juxtaposed with familiar melodies by well-known French composers such as Fauré, Satie, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Widor, and Ravel. Visually, the design will capture the imagery, artistry, and beauty that are characteristic of the Tour de France. Through a creative and innovative approach to this program, “Le Tour: Every Second Counts” will be filled with extraordinary moments that will both challenge the performers and ultimately result in an exciting and emotional journey for the audience.


    Click to view the "Le Tour" trailer (11.7 MB)
    Video is in MP4 format, Quicktime Movie Player Recommended
     
    Passing of Tom Adams
    Apr 4, 2007 8:22 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    It is with much sadness that the Blue Stars report the passing of former volunteer Tom Adams. Tom's daughter Rachel was a baritone player in the 90s, and Tom went on the road to do whatever needed to be done. He is remembered for his smile and great sense of humor, and a tireless work ethic. Our prayers go out to Rachel and the entire Adams family. He will be missed.

    Visitation Information and an Obituary can be found on the La Crosse Tribune.

    An article about Tom can also be found at the La Crosse Tribune.

     
    Passing of Ed Lau
    Mar 1, 2007 1:25 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)
    It is with much regret that the Blue Stars report the passing of former Equipment Manager Roy E. "Ed" Lau. Ed was involved with the corps during the 60s and 70s and will always be remembered for his kind heart and skill with a welding torch. He will be missed.
    Visitation Information and an Obituary can be found on the La Crosse Tribune.
     
    Blue Stars Take 14th Place
    Aug 12, 2006 3:17 PM (Submitted by: Nick Young)

    The Blue Stars capped off their 2006 season with a 14th place finish at DCI Semifinals on Friday, August 11th. For a complete scoring recap visit www.dci.org

    The 2006 season was the Blue Stars first year back in Division I since 1982. Congratulations to all of the members, staff, volunteers and board of directors for making the 2006 season such a great success.

     
    La Crosse Tribune: "Blue Stars Back in Division I"
    Sep 26, 2005 12:45 AM (Submitted by: Greg Struve)
    Click here to read the La Crosse Tribune's front page article highlighting the Blue Stars recent success.
     
    The Blue Stars Return to Division I Competition
    Sep 26, 2005 12:28 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)
    This past weekend, The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps was granted Division I status by the Drum Corps International member corps. The Blue Stars will compete as a Division I corps for the first time in 23 years during the 2006 season, including regional competitions and the DCI World Championships in Madison, WI. The surroundings will be new, but it feels like home.

    The next chapter in the Blue Stars' story will include joy and sorrow, pain and comfort, victory and defeat, answers and questions... In the end, however, the things that will guide us in the future are the same as our past: friends and family, tradition with an eye towards tomorrow, and an unwavering belief that we can accomplish anything when we work together.

    The Board of Directors and Administration would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped to make this dream a reality. Thousands of members, alumni, volunteers, parents and supporters have been there for the Corps on this amazing journey. Without all of this support - both large and small - we would not be at this exciting juncture.

    Celebrate tonight. Tomorrow the work begins. Finis Coronat Opus!

    To sign up for membership information in the 2006 Blue Stars Click Here.

     
    Blue Stars Place Third at Div II Finals
    Aug 12, 2005 7:24 AM (Submitted by: Bruce Furlano)
    Division II Finals, Brockton, MA

    1. 96.275 Spartans
    2. 95.625 East Coast Jazz
    3. 92.675 BLUE STARS
    4. 91.850 Fever
    5. 91.650 Teal Sound
    6. 90.375 Impulse
    7. 88.575 Oregon Crusaders
    8. 88.325 Jersey Surf
    9. 87.025 Memphis Sound

    For all scores including Division III finals, check out DCI.org
    There is also an acticle in the La Crosse Tribune.
     
    Blue Stars announce their 2005 program – "Pixelation”
    Feb 18, 2005 11:52 PM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

    The Blue Stars are pleased to announce their 2005 program entitled "Pixelation: The Music of Final Fantasy." The corps will focus its programming on the work of the Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, performing his compositions from the widely popular video game series, "Final Fantasy."

    The music from "Final Fantasy" spans the gamut of musical styles from rock and techo to symphonic and jazz. The music in the earlier installments of "Final Fantasy" tended to be more synthesizer-based scores, but later chapters in the series have transitioned to full instrumental works recorded with live orchestra and chorus.

    This mirrors a trend in the gaming industry at large, where budgets have expanded to allow the possibility of complex orchestrations to be recorded as accompaniment for live-action video (LAV) segments, game play, and opening and closing credit sequences, narrowing the gap between video game and feature film production.

    "Pixelation" will feature four compositions from the "Final Fantasy" series: "The Man With the Machine Gun," "Liberi Fatali," "Isn't It Beautiful?" and "Don't Be Afraid." These works appear in the game titles of "Final Fantasy VIII" and "X," and have been performed and recorded by professional orchestras and choral ensembles in Japan.

    "Pixelation" offers many musical challenges for the performers, and creates an exciting venue for visual design and color. The music's depth of subtlety and sophistication is a good fit for the corps' rich tradition of performing such works.

     
    Blue Stars Announce Partnership with Stanbury Uniforms
    May 11, 2004 10:42 AM (Submitted by: Greg Struve)

    The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce a new agreement with Stanbury Uniforms.

    “We hope this next step in the relationship between the two organizations will advance the stature, success and reputation of both,” said Blue Stars Executive Director, Greg Struve.

    The corps’ Visual Coordinator, Gary Swanson, said “To date, all of our expectations have been exceeded. I’m delighted with the quality, construction, and look of their uniforms.”

    "Having the opportunity to provide uniforms for the Blue Stars is a real thrill for all of our employee owners,” said the CEO, Gary Roberts. “The dedication and history of the Corps mirrors that of Stanbury Uniforms. The excitement generated in seeing our product showcased by this prestigious Corps is truly what makes our role in this industry worthwhile.”

    Struve added, “I’ve been most impressed with the family atmosphere Stanbury strives to create within the company, despite being one of the larger players in the industry. They’re really a pleasure to work with.”

    This new sponsorship accord will provide significant benefits to the company and the Corps. Stanbury is characterized by a tradition of excellence and quality which match most appropriately with the Blue Stars achievements in showmanship, musicianship and overall performance.

    About the Stanbury Uniforms

    For over eighty years, Stanbury Uniforms has pledged to create and produce the absolute best uniforms for marching bands, drum majors, front lines and concert performance groups. Further information regarding Stanbury Uniforms may be found at http://www.stanbury.com.

     
    Blue Stars Win 4th World Title
    Aug 11, 2003 10:44 AM (Submitted by: Nick Young)

    The Blue Stars completed their 2003 season undefeated in division 3 with a decisive victory over the rest of the field at the DCI division 2/3 championships in Orlando, Forida.

    DCI Division 3 Finals Scores:
    1 Blue Stars 88.60
    2 Yamato 85.55
    3 Marion Glory Cadets 83.65
    4 Lehigh Valley Knights 83.35

    The Blue Stars won caption awards for Visual Performance, Brass Performance, and Overall General Effect. This championship is the fourth in the Blue Stars history (1989, 1993, 2001, 2003). This year also marked the 17th straight division 2/3 finals appearance for the Blue Stars, a new record for division 2 and 3 corps.

     
    Semifinals Rained Out, Blue Stars Top Seed in Finals
    Aug 8, 2003 8:10 AM (Submitted by: Nick Young)

    Thursday's DCI Divison 2/3 Semifinals competition was rained out after the first seven corps had already performed. The Blue Stars had just arrived at the stadium and started their warmups when the rain came. The show was then delayed with hope that the rain would end quickly. Unfortunately, the field was too soaked to resume the competition when the rain finally stopped.

    DCI decided to cancel the show and seed all of the corps that had not yet performed into finals in the same order that they were seeded for the semifinals show. Below is the schedule for Saturday morning's Division 2/3 finals competion. The Blue Stars are the top division 3 seed in finals. If the Blue Stars can win on Saturday, they will complete their season undefeated in division 3.

    DCI Division 2/3 Finals. August 9th - Orlando, FL
    9 a.m. Lehigh Valley Knights
    9:17 Marion Glory Cadets
    9:34 Impulse
    9:51 Yamato
    10:08 Capital Sound
    10:25 Revolution
    10:42 - INTERMISSION
    11:00 Blue Stars
    11:17 Jersey Surf
    11:34 East Coast Jazz
    11:51 Spartans
    12:08 Patriots
    12:25 Esperanza

     
    2003 DCI I&E Results
    Aug 7, 2003 9:40 AM (Submitted by: Nick Young)

    The Blue Stars competed in 6 events at the DCI Individual & Ensemble competition Wednesday, August 6. Below are the results for our members:

    Name Competition Score Place
    Shawn BaneckFlag86.0012th of 21
    The Brass LineBrass Ensemble94.506th of 21
    Ben FrankeSoprano74.0021st of 26
    Joni OelschlagerAuxiliary82.5017th of 22
    Anthony OlivasSnare80.5018th of 32
    Kelli RutherfordBaritone76.0017th of 22
    Cameron SeipSoprano76.9018th of 26
    Dave SeipContra92.005th of 13

    Full Results from DCI

     
    Blue Stars Win Div 3 Prelims
    Aug 6, 2003 8:30 AM (Submitted by: Nick Young)

    The Blue Stars took a major step towards a championship Tuesday by winning the division 3 preliminary competion. The Blue Stars scored 88.75 points. Yamato, from Japan, was the second place corps with 86.35 points.

    Here is a link to today's La Crosse Tribune about the the Blue Stars article: Blue Stars dominate D-III drum corps field

     
    Blue Stars Continue To Win
    Jul 28, 2003 12:23 PM (Submitted by: Nick Young)

    The Blue Stars had an impressive weekend beating all of their division II and III competitors.

    Follow this link to read the July 28th article from the La Crosse Tribune entitled "Blue Stars set beat to No. 1"

     
    Blue Stars Going For World Title
    Jul 24, 2003 11:06 AM (Submitted by: Nick Young)

    The Blue Stars left on their final tour of the 2003 season Wednesday night. They will compete in Dubuque, IA Thursday, July 24th and Dekalb, IL on July 25th before heading towards Orlando, their final destination for the summer. *Complete Schedule

    Click here to read today's La Crosse Tribune article about the Blue Stars' championship tour.

     
    Blue Stars Take Div 3 At Midwest Championship
    Jul 14, 2003 8:05 AM (Submitted by: Nick Young)

    The Blue Stars have successfully defended their 2001 and 2002 division 3 championships at the Drum Corps Midwest Championship in Dekalb, IL.

    The Blue Stars scored a 60.6 over the Marion Glory Cadets, who scored a 53.65 at the July 12th finals competion.

    For more information about the progress of the Blue Stars 2003 season, go the the 2003 Summer Tour forum in the Blue Stars Discussion Board.

    The La Crosse Tribune published a story entitled "Blue Stars dominating in weekend competition" on July 14th, providing more details about the Midwest Championship.

     
    Blue Stars Win World Title!
    Aug 9, 2001 1:14 AM (Submitted by: Erik Paulson)

    The 2001 Blue Stars capped their competitive season tonight with a first-place finish at the DCI World Championships in Buffalo, NY. The Blue Stars, second-place finishers in the preliminary competition, overtook the Raiders for the title by a razor-thin 0.05 points, and capturing the percussion and marching performance captions. The final scores in Division III were:

    Blue Stars 88.55
    Raiders 88.50
    Americanos 86.80
    Marion Glory Cadets 85.55
    East Coast Jazz 82.80
    Les Senateurs 80.60
    Teal Sound 79.35

    This is the third World Championship the corps has earned, and the first since 1993. Congratulations to all the members, and all of the corps competing this evening.

     
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