Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps
The Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps (also known simply as, "Star") is a defunct competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Bloomington, Indiana, the corps was the 1991 Drum Corps International (DCI) Open Class (now World Class) World Champion.
The DCI Years 
The Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps was founded in 1984 in Bloomington, Indiana. Its startup was funded with a grant of $1,000,000 from Bill Cook and his medical device manufacturing company, the Cook Group. Marching a then-maximum one hundred twenty-eight members under the directorship of Jim Mason, at the 1985 DCI World Championships in Madison, Wisconsin, Star of Indiana became only the second corps to earn a spot among DCI's Top Twelve Finalists in its first season of competition; the first corps to do so was the 1972 Bleu Raeders. Star of Indiana marched in DCI competition for only nine seasons, but finished in DCI Finals every year, twice finishing third, second once, and winning the 1991 DCI Open Class World Championship. In addition to its DCI title, Star also won the Drum Corps Midwest Division I Championship, 1991–93; the U.S.Open in 1988 & '89; the DCI Preview of Champions title, 1991–93; and ten DCI Regional Championships, 1988-93.
Brass Theater 
As early as 1992, Star's staff knew that they wanted the corps to do more than perform a ten minute drum corps competition program. After the 1993 season, Star of Indiana departed the competition field and developed a new way of presenting drum corps. "Brass Theater" was designed to apply the powerful brass and percussion and the exacting choreography of drum corps to pop, Broadway, movie, and classical music to create an all new type of stage entertainment. Touring with the Canadian Brass, the world's most popular brass quintet, "Brass Theater" was a hit with fans and critics alike on a ten city tour in 1994. Star and the Canadian Brass toured again in 1995 and '96 as "Brass Theater II" and "... III" to even greater acclaim. The two groups also recorded three CD's of the "Brass Theater" programs. Then, in 1997 and '98, Star settled down to perform "Brass Theater" in a theater in Branson, Missouri.
In 1999, Star premiered the stage show, "Blast!" at the Hammersmith Theatre in London, England. After an unimpressive start, its audience steadily grew, until it became a top ten hit on the London stage. After a year in London, "Blast! returned to the U.S. in 2000, debuting on the Broadway stage to rave reviews. The show won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event, and, when it was videotaped for PBS, it won the 2001 Emmy Award for Best Choreography. After its Broadway run, Star took "Blast!" on the road, with companies touring the country each year to large and enthusiastic audiences. Casts were also developed to perform long-tern engagements at Disneyland in Anaheim, California and at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. "Blast!" continues to tour in 2012.
Alumni Corps 
In August 2010, Star of Indiana returned to the DCI World Championships. The alumni had previously gathered to perform, but on August 11, the Star of Indiana Alumni Corps performed after the last competing corps in DCI's semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
One group of Star of Indiana alumni formed Star United, a mini-corps that competes at the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) senior drum and bugle corps championships. Star United won the DCA mini-corps championship 2006-2012, and scored a perfect 100.00 in the 2011 Finals.
After the 2010 alumni corps experience another group of Star alumni,consisting of past members of the Star of Indiana drumlines, decided to compete in the Drum Corps Associates, Ensemble competition by entering a 12 man drumline in 2011. They finished first place in their initial year. They continue to compete in the ensemble competition, fielding a 9 man drumline in 2012.
Show Summary (1985-1993) 
|1985||A Salute to Walt Disney:
A Musical Extravaganza in Three Acts
|When You Wish Upon a Star / Zippity-Doo-Dah / A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes / The Sorcerer's Apprentice / Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? /
Mickey Mouse Club March / It's a Small World
|1986||Out of this World||Adventures on Earth (from E.T.) / Selections from Close Encounters of the Third Kind / The Throne Room & Finale (from Star Wars)||90.50||8th|
|1987||Greatest Show on Turf||Barnum and Bailey's Favorite March / Ritual Fire Dance (from El Amor Brujo) / Sabre Dance / Comedians: Galop / Thunder and Blazes||90.00||7th|
"Porgy and Bess"
|Overture / I Can't Sit Down / Summertime / The Hurricane / Bess, You Is My Woman Now / Oh, Lord, I'm On My Way (All from Porgy and Bess)||92.80||7th|
|1989||British Invasion||Henry V / Song Without Words (I'll Love My Love) / Fantasia On The Dargason / Crown Imperial||95.30||6th|
|1990||Belshazzar's Feast||Praise ye the God of Gold & Then sing aloud to God our strength (from Belshazzar's Feast)||96.50||3rd|
|1991||Immaggini di Roma
The Music of Ottorino Respighi
|Roman Festivals (First Mov.) / The Pines of Rome (First Mov.) / Roman Festivals (Second Mov.) / Roman Festivals (Third Mov.) / Roman Festivals (Fourth Mov.)||97.00||1st|
|1992||American Variations||Star Spangled Overture / Chester Overture / Amber Waves / Flag of Stars||96.70||3rd|
|1993||The Music of Barber and Bartok||Meditation (from Medea's Dance of Vengeance) / Allegro (from Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste) / Dance of Vengeance (from Medea's Dance of Vengeance)||97.30||2nd|
- A History of Drum & Bugle Corps Vol. 2; Steve Vickers, ed.; Drum Corps World, pub.; 2003
- Star of Indiana & Alumni website
- Star United Mini Corps website
- Drum Corps International website
- Drum Corps Associates website