The Star of Indiana, founded in 1984, took the Drum Corp World by storm. Beginning the corp’s reputation with being the first and only corp to finish in the top 12 in their first year of competition, The Star of Indiana rose to stardom to rival the reigning champions of Drum Corp, including Santa Clara Vanguard and The Blues Devils. The corp snagged the championship title in 1991, just 7 years after their first season. The corp was disbanded in 1993 so they could tour the world on a different, indoor stage, leaving the DCI world with a gold, silver, and 2 bronze medals.
After exiting the field of Drum Corp, The Star of Indiana went on to form the indoor group Blast!. After an unsuccessful year in England, Blast! moved to the United States, where the group was met with outstanding support, receiving a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event and an Emmy Award for Best Choreography. The group boasts awe inspiring shows, including shows widely popular among DCI nerds such as “Malaguena” and “Blue Rondo A La Turk”. To get a true taste of this amazing indoor group, click here to view “Malaguena”, my personal favorite.
Blast!‘s new concept of the DCI world has encouraged a hefty following, including trombones as an independent section and placing percussion in compartments at the rear of the stage. The shows are brought to life by the enthusiasm of the group, with members performing in the audience at times. For example, during “Malaguena”, corp members play and spin right in the middle of the audience, preforming crazy acrobatic spins, and show casing the most difficult solos that I’ve ever seen in the world of Drum Corp. This amazing corp is set to continue tours on a Broadway stage rather than a grass field in the near future.
Another group to spawn from the disbanded Star of Indiana was the mini corp set to preform in the DCA chapter, Star United. This mini corp boasts outstanding achievements in the shadow of it’s mother corp. Star United won the Mini Corp DCA Championships in 2006-2012 and 2014-2016, even obtaining the first and only perfect score in Drum Corp history, a perfect 100.0.
Although only participating 7 years in Drum Corp International competitions, The Star of Indiana left a lasting legacy in the form of Blast! and Star United, continuing the tradition of excellence and perfection. As always, click here to view the full 1991 Star of Indiana show that placed 1st at DCI championships. Thanks for stopping by!