Star of Indiana

Bloomington, IN United States
Founded: 1985

Inactive Junior
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Results from final championship competition of the year
  • Position: 3
  • Score: 96.500
Repertoire for 1990
Belshazzar's Feast
Praise ye the God of Gold (from Belshazzar's Feast) by William Walton Walton: Belshazzar's Feast/ Bernstein: Chichester Psalms - Atlanta Shmphony Orchestra and Chorus - Telarc CD-80181
Then sing aloud to God our strength (from Belshazzar's Feast) by William Walton Walton: Belshazzar's Feast/ Bernstein: Chichester Psalms - Atlanta Shmphony Orchestra and Chorus - Telarc CD-80181

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Star of Indiana was founded in 1984 with a grant from Willam Cook and Cook Group Incorporated, a cardiovascular medical device manufacturer based in Bloomington, Indiana. It was the first corps in history to finish in the top ten at the DCI World Championships in its first year of competition. Top ten finishes in the World Championships followed every year thereafter until the group ended its competitive career after the 1993 season.

In 1991, Star won the DCI World Championships, adding top three finishes in Finals for the next two years. Overall, the group won more titles from 1990 to 1993 than any other corps at that time.

After a public performance in 1992, the group's leadership decided it wanted to do more than entertain the public with a 10-minute drum corps routine. Following completion of the 1993 competitive season, Star left the field of drum and bugle corps competition and changed its focus to develop a new concept in brass and percussion performance. By using the powerful instrumental music and precise choreography of a drum corps to reinterpret everything from Broadway and popular movie musicals to classical music compositions, Star of Indiana created a new kind of stage show.

The result was a highly successful ten-city tour in the summer of 1994 featuring Star of Indiana with The Canadian Brass, the world's best-known brass quintet. Named "Brass Theater," this tour-de-force of musical virtuosity took audiences and critics by storm.

In 1995 and 1996, Star of Indiana continued its musical growth, refining Brass Theater with The Canadian Brass for two new tours to even greater audiences. They released three CDs of the tours, appeared nationally on a special broadcast by PBS, and performed live on such famous stages as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood and other leading venues. Brass Theater spent the next two years, 1997 and 1998, performing in the popular resort town of Branson, Missouri.

In 1999 the Star of Indiana organization took Brass Theater to another level when they created Blast! which premiered at London's Hammersmith Theatre. One year later Blast! came home to the United States and opened on Broadway to rave reviews. The show won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event and and the 2001 Emmy Award for Best Choreography. Blast! began touring the United States that year and created additional casts to perform permanently at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

The members of Brass Theater and Blast! all had their start in DCI corps and never forgot their roots in drum corps.

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Members (34)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Bahner, Roderick Soprano 1988
Basey, Matthew Contra 1992
Basey, Matthew Tuba 2004
Baugh, Kevin (House) Soprano 1996
Burklew, Pamela Color Guard 1986
Carrico, Tiffany lead soprano 1987 to 1988
Doucet, Jocelyne Hornline Tuba 2010
Fena, Stacie color guard 1987 to 1988
Fudge, Shane Lead Soprano 1989
Gardner, Clark Snare 1992 to 1993
Giles, Darold Battery-Tenors 1985
Gonya, Douglas Hornline, Soprano 1988
Gornto, Rod Mellophone 1993
Griffith, Ray Euphonium/Contra 1986
Gulick, Chad French Horn/Mellophone 1994 to 1995
Hamilton, David Contra 1987
Harris, Mark Contra 1985
Hefner, Marlana Mellophone 1985 to 1988
Jakubowski (Johnson), Brenda guard 1985 to 1986
Kamm, Philip Bass Drum 1985 to 1986
Logan, Timothy Drumline 1988
Minton, John Contra 1990 to 1992
Morgan, Evan Battery 1985
Patton, Greg Percussion 1995
Pirtle, Scooter Mellophone 1986 to 1987
santos, steven contra 1992 to 1993
Sexton, Dave Baritone 1986 to 1989
Snyder, Sean Contra 1993
Staring, Heather mellophone 1987
Taylor, Tony Mellophone 1987
Tye, Steve Contra 1985
Unger, Brent Mellophone 1988
Weimer, Kurt contra bass 1991
Wichowski (-Hill), Lisa Mary brass 1985

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Star of Indiana Jacket 1 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Star of Indiana Jacket 1 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Star of Indiana Jacket 1 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Star of Indiana Jacket 1 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Star of Indiana Jacket 1 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Star of Indiana Jacket 1 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Star of Indiana Jacket 2 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Star of Indiana Jacket 2 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Star of Indiana Jacket 2 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Star of Indiana Jacket 3 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Star of Indiana Jacket 3 from the Bill Ives Collection
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StarOfIndiana Bloomington IN-2 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Star Of Indiana Alumni from the Bill Ives Collection
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Drum Corps World Star Win from the Bill Ives Collection
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Blast Audio CD from the Chris Maher Collection
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PDF Document
388-393, Star of Indiana from the Steve Vickers Collection
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1996 Brass Theater in Madison Wisconsin poster from the Steve Vickers Collection
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Star of Indiana 1 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Star of Indiana 2 from the Wayne Hiller Collection

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