The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to announce Ralph Stewart as Visual Caption Head and Myron Rosander as Drill Designer for the 2012 season. Stewart has been assisting the Blue Stars' visual caption as a consultant over the past few seasons, and was an easy selection to take over the caption based on his work during that time. Rosander, while new to the Blue Stars, is a well known designer in the drum corps and marching band activities, having designed for and instructed for some of the best ensembles in the world over the past three decades.
"It is an absolute honor to bring people like Ralph and Myron into our organization and give them the opportunity to do their best work," said Executive Director Brad Furlano. "Ralph has shown himself to be an excellent instructor and leader on the staff and of the members, and will be outstanding in the role of Visual Caption Head. Myron is a legend in our activity, responsible for some of the greatest drills in the history of our activity."
About Ralph Stewart
Ralph currently lives in Orlando, FL and is a 1998 graduate of East Carolina University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. Before moving to Florida, he taught middle and high school band in Carteret County, NC. Since 1993, he has been a visual clinician, designer, adjudicator, and consultant for many championship organizations within Drum Corps International, Winter Guard International, and Bands Of America.
Ralph marched in the brass section of the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps from 1991-1993, and served as Drum Major from 1994-1996. In 1997, Ralph became the visual designer for Carolina Thunder, an independent world class WGI percussion finalist. Ralph was the tour manager for Carolina Crown, and in 1998 he held the same role with the Magic of Orlando
Ralph joined the visual staff of the Boston Crusaders in 2000 as a marching technician, and was their visual designer in 2005. In 2006, he returned to Carolina Crown, serving as the visual caption supervisor.
"Having the opportunity to teach for a couple of weeks with the Blue Stars in the past few years, I am excited for the chance to spend more time with such an amazing organization. The students have always been very easy to work with and have a great work ethic."
"I have worked with Ralph Stewart since 2000 as an instructor, caption head and designer," said Corps Director Howard Weinstein. "His expertise, attention to detail and motivational skills will be a true asset to the Blue Stars."
About Myron Rosander
Myron Rosander has been involved with Drum Corps International for the past 35 years. His lengthy career includes being a performer, instructor, Visual Designer and Assistant Director for the Santa Clara Vanguard, spanning 30 years of involvement with the SCV organization.
In 2000, Rosander was the recipient of the prestigious "Gail Royer Memorial Vanguard of the Year" award, the highest honor one can receive within the SCV organization. The outstanding visual performer awarded each year at the Vanguard's banquet is also named in his honor, known as the Myron Rosander Outstanding Visual Award.
Myron's other DCI credits include Visual Designer for the Phantom Regiment, the Sacramento Mandarins, the Madison Scouts, and the Seattle Cascades. Myron has also designed for the highly respected DCA "all age" corps, the Bushwackers from Harrison, New Jersey.
Rosander has designed for literally hundreds of high school bands located throughout the United States, including the Bands of America multi-medalist, L.D. Bell High School from Hurst, Texas.
Myron has a long history as a clinician and consultant for several bands, winter guards and drum and bugle corps. He is also a respected judge for Bands of America, adjudicating contests annually throughout the United States, as well as judging independently in the winter guard and winter percussion arena.
Currently, Myron resides in South Lake Tahoe, California where he is an artist featuring oil paints with focus on impressionistic landscapes, as well as modern abstract concepts.
"I'm extremely grateful for this new opportunity to be a part of the Blue Stars family," said Rosander. "And to be teamed with such an array of creative and technical talent is truly inspiring!"
"Myron Rosander is a leader in the drum corps activity," said Weinstein. "I have admired his work in the marching arts throughout my career, and I feel we are extremely fortunate to have him as a part of our design team."
The Blue Stars would like to thank Kevin Ford for the outstanding work he did for the organization as drill designer over the past four years. Kevin is taking time away from drum corps to spend time with his family, and his contribution to the corps will be missed. His legacy at the Blue Stars will always live on through the creative and emotional shows he helped produce.
Auditions for the Blue Stars' 2012 season will be at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, IN from November 18-20, 2011. For more information, visit www.bluestars.org.