Blue Stars Announce Bloomington Housing Site
Prior to Drum Corps International’s announcement that Lucas Oil Stadium will not be complete in time for the 2008 DCI World Championships (read more here), the Blue Stars management team was working feverishly to find the best housing site available for the drum corps, through both the efforts of the great operations team at DCI and on our own.
We are pleased to announce that the drum corps will be staying at the corps hall used in the past by the storied Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. Star of Indiana originated as a 128-member unit which competed in the demanding arena of international drum and bugle corps competition. It was the first corps in history to finish in the Top Ten at Drum Corps International’s World Championships in its first year of competition. Top Ten finishes in the World Championships followed annually until the group ended its competitive career after the 1993 season.
In 1991, Star earned the title World Champion from Drum Corps International, adding Top Three finishes in the world championships for the next two years. Overall, the group won more titles from 1990 to 1993 than any other corps at that time.
Since then, Star has evolved into Broadway productions of Blast! that has toured the United States and abroad and have also created other international productions, such as: “Brass Theatre”, “Shockwave”, “Cyberjam” and the now in development show entitled “Mix.”
Blue Stars Corps Director, Eric Sabach, says, “We are ever thankful to CFC, Inc in Bloomington, Donnie Vandoren, and of course, Mr. Cook for being so generous and allowing the Blue Stars such a fine location and facility for DCI Finals. To be less than 10 miles from the IU Stadium with great rehearsal facilities will allow our drum corps every opportunity to succeed.” Mr. Sabach continues, “Many of our staff members are former Star of Indiana marching members and instructors. I personally passed through those hallways in the first few years of Star as a young visual instructor and then caption-head. I have learned many lessons from those years that I still apply today. We also have number of people on our staff that have also performed with “Blast!” and the other Mason Entertainment Group productions. Mr. Cook, thank you so much for supporting us, as we apply the lessons learned through your tutelage and give back to the activity.”
The Blue Stars will be announcing shortly fundraising events that will coordinate with our stay at Star Hall and downtown Bloomington. These events will be open to parents, alumni, and to the general drum corps public.
Please bookmark www.bluestars.org for news concerning these events.
If you would like to contribute to the Blue Stars kick-off campaign and receive merchandise associated to the 2008 production of “Le Tour – Every Second Counts” please use this link. http://www.bluestars.org/kickoff/