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Blue Stars Introduce Pro Football SuperMatch Sweepstakes
Nov 25, 2015 11:30 AM

Support the Blue Stars! For only $5 get online music downloads, play an exciting sweepstakes based on pro football's year-end SuperMatch, and support the Blue Stars! Get your game cards and win up to $5,000!

FootballMania SuperMatch Edition is an exciting and engaging sweepstakes that gives participants a chance to win prize money during professional football's championship game. The game is just like the popular "squares" pools played during the big game. In each quarter of the game, your game card is assigned a pair of numbers (one number for each of the teams playing in the game). At the end of each quarter, if each team's score ends with the number on your game card, then you win! The more matching quarters you have, the more you win!

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Frank Van Voorhis 1932-2015
Nov 18, 2015 9:32 AM

It is with great sadness we pass along the news that the founder of the Blue Stars, Frank Van Voorhis, has passed away. There will be a memorial gathering on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 4-7 PM at the Schumacher – Kish Funeral & Cremation Services, 200 West Ave. S., La Crosse. There will be no service.

Everything we have today was built on the shoulders of Frank's dream of a drum corps for the youth of La Crosse. Perhaps the best tribute to Frank are these words written in the early 80s by Dave Dummer, Frank's friend who helped him start the corps in the early 1960s.


On Corps! Arranging Competition
Nov 12, 2015 5:57 PM

The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to announce a new competition for aspiring arrangers and composers! We invite individuals with an interest in arranging and composing music to submit their works to be considered for performance by the 2016 Blue Stars. The winning arrangement/composition will be performed as part of the corps` encore repertoire for the season.


Blue Stars Choose Yamaha
Nov 4, 2015 4:54 PM

The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to announce that it will be the eighth All-Yamaha Drum and Bugle Corps in the Drum Corps International World Class Division.

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Audition for the 2016 Blue Stars
Oct 20, 2015 10:33 AM

The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps is excited to announce our 2016 Audition and Winter Camp Schedule. After a successful 2015 season culminating in a finalist appearance at the DCI World Championships, the entire team has been working hard to continue to provide members and audiences alike a great experience. Join us and help to make 2016 a year to remember!

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2016 Percussion Staff
Oct 22, 2015 8:36 PM

We are thrilled to announce our percussion instructional team for the 2016 season!

For the past four seasons, this team has consistently provided a world-class percussion experience for our members and elevated the innovative writing of John Mapes and Ian Grom.

Eric Shriver - Percussion Caption Head
Matthew Hernandez - Front Ensemble Caption Head
Nathan Medina - Snare Instructor
Tyler James - Snare Instructor
Connor Yasuda - Snare Instructor
Adam Norris - Tenors Instructor
Andre Wilson - Tenor Instructor
David Miranda - Bass Instructor
Geoff Watkins - Bass Instructor
Jonathan Zuniga - Front Ensemble Instructor
Michael Bingham - Front Ensemble Instructor
Josh Frank - Front Ensemble Instructor

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De León, Dalton, and Marquis Join 2016 Instructional Team
Oct 12, 2015 10:42 AM

The Blue Stars are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris De León as visual caption supervisor, and Greg Dalton and Roger Marquis as visual co-caption heads for the 2016 season. These talented educators bring a wealth of experience and talent to the Blue Stars, and join the returning guard, percussion, and brass caption heads in providing our students with an exciting, rewarding, and enjoyable season.


Blue Stars 2016 Design Team
Sep 2, 2015 7:13 PM

The Blue Stars are pleased to announce our design team for the corps' 2016 season.

  • Kevin Ford - Drill Design
  • Ian Grom - Percussion Composer and Arranger
  • John Mapes - Percussion Composer and Arranger
  • Richard Saucedo - Brass Composer and Arranger
  • Michael Shapiro - Color Guard, Choreography, Visual Coordinator

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    Give Back to the Blue Stars this Year
    Nov 25, 2015 12:37 PM

    #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

    Click MORE for information about a few moves you can make with your end-of-year giving beginning with #GivingTuesday to support the Blue Stars and potentially reduce your 2015 tax bill.


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