Star United 2009 Program Debut
The Star United Mini Corps will debut their 2009 program on Sunday, June 14th in a combined concert with the Illinois Brass Band. The Drum Corps Associate (DCA) Three-time Champion Star United Mini Corps will perform an original work by Frank Sullivan entitled "Deja View" (in four movements). “This program is an ambitious undertaking for our ensemble,” admits Sean Conley, Star United Corps Director and a mellophonist with the ensemble. “It relies heavily on an expanded percussion section,” says Conley who adds that each brass player will also perform with a percussion instrument at some point in the program.
In addition to a Star United performance, the event in Waukegan will include a concert by the Illinois Brass Band and an encore featuring two pieces performed by the combined groups. "We jumped at the opportunity to share the stage with such an esteemed group," says Conley. "We look forward to enjoying the band’s performance and learning all they have to offer about great brass playing."
Formed in 2006, Star United is a twenty-member performance ensemble comprised of brass and percussion performers that was formed to compete in the individual and ensemble portion of the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) national championship. The unit has placed first in the mini corps division each year it has competed at the event. “We have been amazed at the reception we received at the championships,” says Conley. “The opportunity has afforded our members to make many new friends, work hard together to prepare the programs, and become immersed in the drum corps environment again.”
Star United will return to Rochester, New York during Labor Day weekend to compete at the DCA Championships.
For more information about Star United, visit www.starunited.org
For details about the performance on June 13th with the Illinois Brass Band, visit http://www.illinoisbrassband.org/