Frank Van Voorhis lived down the street from me when I was a kid, so I guess that's where I got my start with four fun years with the Blue Stars.
Our uniforms were custom made by a few of the moms. They were navy blue shorts, navy shirts with buttoned flaps on the shoulders and a red cumberbun across the chest to one side, white barrets, white gloves and white marching boots (spit shined).
We marched in color guard shows and parades. I can remember Judy Wenzel in the American Squad doing her flag presentation one handed. It was really fantastic. Frank wrote the routines for us as he did for the corps in later years.
When we traveled any place, it was usually by cars, including Frank's Blue International Wagon. Once we went to the St. Paul Winter Carnival Parade. We traveled up and back by train. We had to share your train car with the Blackhawks from La Crosse.
There were times when we were called upon to teach other color guards rifle spinning and other flag routines One of those trips tood us to Richland Center to teach rifle techniques. Practice was held at the grade school on Brices' Prairie in the gym. For parade drill we marched on the surrounding streets.
Author: Judy Jones Groomes
Marching in a drum and bugle corps isn't all fun and games, but by far those good times overpower all the hard work that is put into it. Even though competition is one of the main objectives of a drum corps, one can always manage to find some free time to meet new people, do some sight-seeing, or just relax.
I may be crazy, but I consider the years that I had marched with the Blue Stars to be very special, for they are full of memories that I wouldn't give up for the world.