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Sad news of the passing of the man with the biggest heart. @TomVV was the nicest and most generous volunteer you could find. He made everyone feel special and made sure you got plenty of food in the food line. 💙🌟🌹

Tom Volk 1959-2022

It is with great sadness that we report Tom Volk, a long-time volunteer, supporter, Blue Stars Hall of Fame member, and friend to all, has passed away. Tom's impact on the organization, and more importantly its members, was incalculable, and the positive impact he had on the Blue Stars will be felt for decades to come.

“Tom never marched with the Blue Stars, or any other drum corps,” said Brad Furlano. “But he made a huge impact on our organization during his 15 years of involvement. We have lost a dear friend whose presence made us all better.”

Tom first became involved with the organization in the fall of 2008 when he marched with the Blue Stars Alumni Corps in the Oktoberfest parade. From there he quickly became a presence at camps and on the summer tour as a volunteer. He worked mostly with the food program, but was willing to help wherever he could lend a hand. 


During his time volunteering, Tom was able to intimately observe the corps’ operations, and it was those observations that led him to become a major donor to address the Blue Stars’ capital needs. Tom was the lead donor in 2014/15 to make a new equipment trailer – The Volk’s Wagon – a reality. And when the campaign to build our new kitchen trailer needed a boost to get it past the finish line, he stepped up in a very large way and challenged all of us to match his generosity. 

He provided thousands of dollars of scholarship money to help those in need fulfill their dreams of marching in the Blue Stars. Most of all, Tom was a friend to everyone he met, and was quick to offer words of encouragement and support to members that needed a boost after a long day of practice. 

We will remember Tom for his vegetarian specials, his HBTY wishes, his keen sense of humor, and most of all, his kindness towards everyone he met.

Our thoughts are with Tom’s family and friends during this difficult time. Details of Tom’s funeral arrangements will be posted as they become available. 



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