Last weekend, former Star of Indiana members returned to action at the corps' headquarters in Bloomington, Ind.
Star of Indiana was a Drum Corps International member corps from 1985 to 1993. Winning the DCI World Championship title in 1991, the organization left the competitive drum corps circuit after the 1993 summer season, pursuing several additional performance ventures including the Emmy and Tony Award-winning stage production "Blast!"
This was the alumni corps' fourth rehearsal camp since last year, says Star Alumni Association President Nancy Brown. The group has reunited for a featured performance at the 2010 Drum Corps International World Championship Semifinals on Aug. 13 in Indianapolis.
"Turnout has been pretty good," said Brown. "As word has spread, our attendance has grown. This past weekend we had more than 100 brass players."
Among the group members whose ages range from 22 to 46, are representatives from the drum corps (1985-1993), as well as those who were part of the organization's Brass Theater production (1994-1998) and some "Blast!" cast members. Brown says, "We have brought in the 'second generation' of alumni from horn lines taught by [DCI Hall of Fame member] Donnie VanDoren. The result is a larger horn line with younger backs, still with a consistent technique."
By the end of the weekend, the group had played through its entire production, which has been compiled from original arrangements of Star's most well known pieces. The corps will open with the Disney classic "When You Wish Upon a Star," and play its way through all nine of its drum corps years, closing with Samuel Barber's "Medea," the headline piece to the corps' groundbreaking 1993 production.
For Star alumni who would like to be part of the action, Brown says that there are still a few spots that the corps would like to fill. Learn more at StarAlumni.org.
View a photo gallery from the corps' February rehearsal camp.