From a Blue Stars press release: Andy Tye, Frank Sullivan and Donnie Van Doren will lead the Blue Stars brass line for the 2006 season. Andy Tye will be serving as the brass caption head. Tye marched lead baritone with the Star of Indiana for three years, aging out in 1990. After aging out, he has served as a brass instructor with Star of Indiana, as well as the Minnesota Brass and Carolina Crown. Tye received his music education from Ball State University. He arranges music and designs visual programs for bands from all over the U.S. and Canada, and is a much sought after instructor and clinician. "I'm thrilled to have an opportunity to contribute to the growth of the Blue Stars," said Tye. "I've got great respect for the organization and look forward to doing the best I can to help the members achieve at a high level." Frank Sullivan will arrange the Blue Stars' 2006 program. Sullivan was a member of the Star of Indiana organization from 1991 to 1993 and both a member and instructor with Star of Indiana's Brass Theater from 1994 to 1997. In 1998 he joined the Cadets' brass staff, eventually assuming the brass caption head role there in 1999. From 2001 to 2004 Sullivan toured with "Blast!", serving as a performing soloist, the music manager, and the artistic supervisor. In 2004 he arranged the program for Boston Crusaders. Since then he's been hard at work creating Inspire Music and Entertainment Productions, an arranging company based in Tampa Bay, Fla. "I'm excited to be a working with the Blue Stars," said Sullivan, "and I'm pleased to have the opportunity to give back to the activity by serving in an organization that was a founding member of Drum Corps International." Donnie VanDoren is currently the chief operating officer for Mason Entertainment Group and the associate producer for "Blast!" Van Doren comes to the Blue Stars with a great deal of experience in the drum and bugle corps activity. From 1980 to 1984 he was the brass caption head at the Garfield Cadets. The Cadets won their first two world championships in 1983 and 1984. VanDoren served as brass caption head with the Troopers in 1985. The corps placed ninth that year, their most-recent appearance in DCI finals. VanDoren was brass caption head at Star of Indiana in 1986, and from 1988 to 1993. From 1994 to 1998 he served as Brass Theater's music manager, and helped the organization transition into the "Blast!" production that has been touring the country since 2001. "Blast!" has been the recipient of both an Emmy and a Tony award. In 1997 and 1998 VanDoren was again the brass caption head at the Cadets. He's an inductee of the Cadets Hall of Fame, the Star of Indiana Wall of Fame, and the DCI Hall of Fame. "The Blue Stars are a charter member of DCI, and I am honored that I was asked to be a part of the continued success the organization will realize," said VanDoren. "It will be a joy for me to work with the administration and staff -- many who are former students -- and an opportunity for me to give back to an organization that I respect and an activity that I so dearly love."
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