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Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps

The Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps was a Division I drum and bugle corps based out of Bloomington, Indiana and was a member of Drum Corps International. Organized by Cook Group and founded by William Cook, it was a competitive corps from 1985 to 1993. Star of Indiana was one of the corps associated with the period's rise of midwestern corps, such as the Cavaliers and Phantom Regiment, to the tops of the ranks. Star of Indiana made finals the first year of its existence and every year thereafter, an accomplishment unmatched by any other corps founded at the same time or since.

Star of Indiana was the DCI champion in 1991. In addition, the corps placed second once (1993), and third twice (1990 and 1992).

After the 1993 season (2nd place with a 97.3), they left the competitive marching circuit. They performed a ten-city tour of Brass Theater along with the Canadian Brass in the summer of 1994. In 1995 and 1996, Star refined Brass Theater with The Canadian Brass in Brass Theatre II and III. Following Brass Theater they formed the Broadway show Blast!, a marching production on a theater stage rather than a football field. See the article on Blast! for Star of Indiana's history after it left the drum and bugle corps activity.

Drum and Bugle Corps Years

1993 The Music of Barber and Bartok

Meditation from Medea
Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celeste
Second Meditation
Dance from Medea


Awards

Drum Corps Midwest (DCM) Champion
DCI North Champion
DCI Preview of Champions Champion
DCI Mid-America Champion
DCI Finals: Jackson, Mississippi
Second Place - Score 97.3
Brass Co-Champion
Percussion Champion

  • Star was only beaten by the Cadets during the 1993 season. This occurred 4 times. They lost to the Cadets by 0.3 points on August 7, 1993 at the DCI Drums Along the Rockies in Denver, CO, by 0.4 points on August 11, 1993 at the DCI Summer Music Games Tour in Texarkana, AR. Star beat the Cadets by 0.4 points at the DCI World Championship Quarterfinals and subsequently lost to the Cadets by 0.3 points in the Semifinals and by 0.1 in the finals. In total Star won 30 shows in 1993 (including 1 tie with the Cadets) and lost only 4 times (all second place and to the Cadets). Star only faced the Cadets 9 times in competition in 1993 (4 wins by Star, 4 wins by the Cadets and 1 tie).

1992 American Variations

Star Spangled Overture - M. Gould
Chester Overture - W. Schuman
"Amber Waves" - M. Gould
Flag of Stars - G. Jacob


Awards

Drum Corps Midwest (DCM) Champion
DCI Preview of Champions Champion
DCI Mid-America Champion
DCI Finals: Madison Wisconsin
Third Place - Score 96.7
Brass Champion

1991 Immaggini di Roma (Roman Images): The Music of Ottorino Respighi

Circus Maximus
Pines of the Villa Borghese
"Epiphany"


Awards

Drum Corps Midwest (DCM) Champion
DCI North Champion
DCI Preview of Champions Champion
DCI Canada Champion
DCI Mid-America Champion
DCI Finals: Dallas, Texas
World Champion, 1st Place - Score 97.0
Brass Co-Champion

1990 Belshazzar's Feast

Belshazzar's Feast - W. Walton


Awards

DCI Mid-America Champion
DCI Finals: Buffalo, New York
3rd Place - Score 96.5
Brass Champion

1989 British Invasion

Henry V - W. Walton
Song Without Words - G. Holst
Fantasia on the Dargason - G. Holst
Crown Imperial March - G. Holst

Awards

DCI Mid-America Champion
DCI Canada Champion
U.S. Open Champion
DCI Finals: Kanas City, Missouri
6th Place - Score 95.3

1988 George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess"

O, I Can't Sit Down
Summertime
The Fugue/ The Hurricane
Bess, You Is My Woman Now
O Lawd, I'm on my Way


Awards

DCI Canada Champion
U.S. Open Champion
DCI Finals: Kanas City, Missouri
7th Place - Score 92.8

1987 Greatest Show on Turf

Barnum and Bailey's Favorite
Ritual Fire Dance/Sabre Dance
Comedian's Gallop
Thunder and Blazes

Awards

DCI Finals: Madison, Wisconsin
7th Place (Tie) - Score 90.0

1986 Out of this World

Adventures on Earth from ET
Conversations from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Throne Room from Star Wars
Finale from Star Wars

Awards

DCI Finals: Madison, Wisconsin
8th Place - Score 90.5

1985 A Salute to Walt Disney: A Musical Extravaganza in Three Acts

When You Wish Upon a Star
Zip-a-dee Doo-dah
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Sorcerer's Apprentice - P. Dukas
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Some Day my Prince will Come
It's a Small World

Awards

DCI Finals: Madison, Wisconsin
10th Place - Score 85.9

  • By making finals this year, Star became the second corps in the history of DCI to make it to the finals in the first year of its existence (first was the Bleu Raeders in 1972). Subsequent rule changes have made this impossible as first year corps cannot compete as Division I.

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