This year marked the third consecutive year that the Blue Stars Drums Corps practiced at Waldorf College. They were holding extensive practice sessions to prepare their competitive show for tour. Chris Ward of Waldorf College explains why the group was here and what they are trying to accomplish:
The Blue Stars practiced from approximately 8:00 in the morning to 9:00 at night with breaks for meals and water. The point of the drills and the practice was to prepare for a grueling summer of competitions and shows throughout the country. This meant sleeping on the gym floor, walking through routines, extensive personal practice times, memorizing formations and the steps to get into formation, as well as the extensive amount of music and timing.
The life of the members of the group is not all glitz and glamour as Ward explains:
The Blue Stars will hold a free community performance tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Forest City High School football field, weather permitting. Waldorf College’s commitment to DCI continues in August, where they will be hosting a drum corps show for ten competing corps. For more information about FusionIowa or the Warrior Drumline, contact Chris Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or (641) 585-8177.
The Blue Stars provides students ages 14-22 with educational opportunities in the area of performance arts to develop life skills. Their mission states: members learn through teamwork, dedication, strong work ethic, setting goals, and discipline that success can be achieved both on and off the performance field. Blue Stars are a member of Drum Corps International (DCI), where they compete on an international level. Ward currently directs and coordinates the Waldorf Warrior Drum line and directs FusionIowa, a campus organization that competes on DCI’s newest SoundSport circuit.
For a look at what goes into a practice, check out the video below where the Blue Star Drum Corps prepares for the Atlanta Regional Event.