My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for BLUE STARS PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUTH INC , La Crosse, WI, USA
I have been a huge drum and bugle corps fan since the 1960's. In the 1970's, my taught ( I was a band director) with someone who knew the corps director of the Blue Stars and we took our high school band to many Blue Star performances. We had several band members march with the Blue Stars after graduation. They had great experiences. Fast forward to 2007. My son auditioned for the Blue Stars and marched 2007 and 2009. I was hooked. I have volunteered every year since. The Blue Stars provide an exceptional life changing experience for extraordinary students. The students are well cared for on tour and received top notch instruction from professional educators. We strive to give our members the best possible drum corp possible. Drum corps is a very challenging activity on many levels-musically, physically, emotionally. It is very possibly the hardest thing the students have ever done in their lives. Yes, they will learn a lot about drumming, brass playing and spinning flags but, they will take with them so much more in terms of values for life. They will learn responsibility and accountability-no one can march and perform their role in the show. Time management-be on time for all rehearsal blocks, don't be late for the bus. People skills- on tour with 150 peers- learn to get along. Most importantly they will learn they are much more capable than they ever.thought possible. I have volunteered for 6 yrs and will continue to do so for as long as possible. We have a dedicated Board of Directors, an excellent management team, quality educators and supportive volunteers. I have met wonderful people as part of this activity and am proud to a Blue Star volunteer.
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