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

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