BLAST!, winner of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Theatrical Event opens at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Nashville is one of the first stops on an extensive, open-ended tour of North America, when BLAST! plays Andrew Jackson for eight performances through Sunday, Sept. 23 as a portion of Fest de Ville Nashville 2001, TPAC's month-long celebration of the arts.
BLAST! evolved from the drum corps Star of Indiana, which was founded in 1984 in Bloomington, Ind. In its initial year, Star of Indiana became the first corps ever to place among the top ten corps at the prestigious Drum Corps International World Championships. Star of Indiana improved each year until it became the World Champion in 1991. Since 1993 director Mason has been shaping the evolution of Star of Indiana from a competitive, 128 member drum corps, to a theatrical show which brings the power, passion and precision of outdoor pageantry to the stage in a musical performance now known as BLAST!
BLAST! on tour consists of 48 members, mostly in their early 20's, drawn from the world of outdoor pageantry all across North America. There are over 40 world titles held by BLAST! cast members who comprise three performing sections