January Musician Camps
Dec 10, 2017 10:55 AM (Submitted by: Brad Furlano)

The Blue Stars have successfully completed its first round of auditions in Indiana, Minnesota, Virginia, Texas, Florida, and California. We are extremely pleased with the turnout and talent, and can't wait to get started working on the 2018 production. The audition process for the Blue Stars continues at our upcoming camps in Southern California (percussion only) on January 13-14, 2018; and at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (brass and percussion) on January 19-21, 2018.

We have awarded membership contracts for about 50% of the available spots in the 2018 brass line. A large number of candidates for the remaining positions have been called back, and we are still accepting new auditionees for the brass program via video audition and at the January camp on January 19-21, 2018 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. To sign up for the January Brass camp, please be sure to complete both a Camp RSVP and to pay your Camp Fee if you plan to attend.

Percussion Call-Backs
Call backs for the 2018 Blue Stars percussion section will once again be in two locations. Percussionists called back to compete for a spot in the ensemble will have the choice of attending a percussion call-back camp on January 13-14, 2018 in Southern California (location TBA), OR at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on January 19-21, 2018.

Potential percussionists can choose to attend either location, and there is no advantage to one over the other. Both locations will be led by Battery Caption Head Eric Shriver and Front Ensemble Caption Head Matt Hernandez. If you have been invited as a percussion call-back, please be sure to complete both a Camp RSVP and to pay your Camp Fee if you plan to attend.

New Auditionees
Please visit the Blue Stars Audition Sign-Up page to sign up for the January camp and receive the audition packet. E-mail director@bluestars.org if you have any questions about the Blue Stars or the audition process.

Color Guard
We have awarded membership contracts for about 50% of the available positions in the 2018 guard. The audition process for callbacks and new auditionees will continue on April 27-29, 2018 in Indianapolis. Please send an e-mail to director@bluestars.org if you would like information about no-risk, early-payment tuition discounts.

Additional Winter Rehearsal Camps
Note: all camps will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (Centennial Hall),
Indianapolis, IN (Airport Code: IND)
Mar. 9-11, 2018 Brass only
Apr. 27-29, 2018 All Sections
Full weekend camps begin on Friday nights at 8:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 6:00 p.m., and end on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

When booking flights for the Indianapolis camps, we ask that you make every effort to obtain a flight that arrives on Friday night no later than 6:00 p.m., and leaves on Sunday evening no earlier than 6:00 p.m. Indianapolis is the only audition location for which we provide airport shuttle transportation.. Transportation to all other audition locations is on your own.

If you need to book a flight that does not meet these guidelines, please let us know, whether it be a tremendous savings on flight costs, or a school conflict. Keep in mind that every minute of camp is essential to the success of the Blue Stars, but we also understand that during the winter season, we need to work with conflicts. Please direct any questions to Corps Director, Russ Gavin at director@bluestars.org.

Although live auditions are always preferred, we understand there are instances where that is simply not possible. For such cases, we do offer a Video Audition option.

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