Louisiana’s Drum and Bugle Corps
The Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps was originally founded in 2013 by Louisiana band director Neil Simon. The first auditions for the inaugural season took place in January 2014 and the corps was set in May 2014 with a total of 78 contracted members (39 brass, 23 percussion, and 13 guard). The first tour began on July 14, 2014 and lasted for 8 days, where the corps performed at 4 DCI shows competing in Drum Corps International’s Open Class. The Stars’ first season ended at the Lafayette home show where the corps finished with a 65.450. The inaugural show was titled Lighter Side, featuring musical selections taken from comedic operas. The repertoire included “Light Cavalry” by Franz Suppe, music from the Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, music from The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, and the Finale of William Tell Overture also by Gioachino Rossini.
The corps’ second season featured a similar abbreviated tour in 2015, but also featured appearances at two DCI regionals in Minneapolis and San Antonio. This was the first time the Louisiana Stars received attention from the drum corps community at large. The 2015 program was titled Universal Melodies, a show demonstrating how the music of Beethoven can be expressed in different genres and are universal in the fact that they can be used across the world in different cultures. Repertoire for this show was all selections from Ludwig Van Beethoven, such as a latin opener from “Symphony No. 5”, a classic waltz and jazz movement “Fur Elise”, a ballad rock movement “Moonlight Sonata” and “Symphony No. 7”, and a Middle Eastern closer using Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata. The season ended at the corps’ Lafayette home show on July 20, 2015 with a score of 60.100.
More History To Come
The mission of the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps is to provide a superior educational performing arts program, representing Louisiana throughout the United States, and to give youth an opportunity to develop musical skills, social skills, and partnership skills. Students will develop a greater sense of responsibility, teamwork, work ethic, sacrifice, dedication, respect, and loyalty.
All characteristics needed to succeed in family and career.
In 2019, Louisiana Stars earned 4th place in the DCI Open Class Championship and 26th place overall at DCI World Class Championships. This was the highest placing and scoring season in corps history.