With it being a month since the Louisiana Stars returned home from its most successful Drum Corps International Championship Week in corps history, I’ve taken some time to reflect on my first season as Corps Director and want to provide some highlights:
The 2019 season was definitely a season of change. The corps experienced a large period of transition as the former corps director, Darrel Comb, helped ease me in as corps director. I was excited and nervous to begin my new role and I’m thankful to have the corps directors that came before me help prepare me. I embarked on this new journey with Jeremi Edwards by my side as the Assistant Corps Director and I could not be more grateful to have him as a part of this corps.
To say I learned a lot in my first year as corps director is an understatement, but the most significant thing I learned this season is that it truly takes an army to make a drum corps run. In learning that, I’d like to take some time to recognize the various groups of people that helped make this season possible.
First and foremost, I want to thank the volunteers and drivers that joined us both while we are at home and while we were on the road. There are too many of you to name, but I want to express my sincerest gratitude to you. You are seriously the reason we made it through this summer successfully. By tirelessly working odd hours and performing grueling tasks, you helped make our members’ experience the best we could offer them. So again…thank you!
I want to thank our donors and sponsors that helped us reach our goals this summer and helped us provide a quality experience for our members.
I want to thank our instructional staff. From designers to caption heads to techs, thank you so much for sharing your talent with our members. Our goal is to bring the best performance education experience to our members and you certainly went above and beyond. Thank you.
I want to thank our administrative staff. Behind the scenes, you helped me make sure every day ran smoothly. Your job is largely thankless, but it is crucial to the existence of Louisiana Stars. Thank you for being my rock stars and being the best admin team I have ever worked with!
I want to thank the family members and friends of our members who provided support to our corps throughout the season. Whether you helped our members financially or emotionally make it through the season, your support is so appreciated and we are very thankful.
I want to thank our alumni. The showing of support we saw from you throughout the summer was moving. We exist because of you and hope you are proud of the legacy you left.
Finally, I want to thank the 2019 members. From the depths of my heart, I want to thank you for a tremendous season. The energy, passion, dedication, and work ethic you brought to this organization is inspiring to everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed being your corps director this season and am ecstatic to continue this venture for the next season.
We are already fast at work to make sure the 2020 season builds on the momentum of our tremendous 2019 season! We hope to see you at audition, which will be announced soon! You can be the first to know about our auditions by filling out our interest form here.
I am looking forward to seeing our 2020 members very soon! We are working hard to making sure this organization continues to thrive and grow.
“Til the Stars align and guide us to where parting is no more” … Geaux Stars!
Aaron Theall | Corps Director
Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps