Austin Stars Performing Arts Association, Guardians announce collaborative effort

Austin Stars Performing Arts Association (ASPAA), under Executive Directors Michael J. Vazquez and Robert Galindo, in collaboration with Johnathan Doerr, corps director for Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps, have approved and recognized Guardians as a 501(c)(3) project under the ASPAA umbrella as permitted by ASPAA bylaws.

This effort has been months in development, as ASPAA and Guardians DBC have developed business, financial and organizational systems to help create a junior corps that is believed to be on the right track of eventually becoming recognized as a viable Open Class”organization in Drum Corps International .

According to ASPAA Executive Director Robert Galindo, “The steps both ASPAA and Guardians DBC have taken, we believe, will create an atmosphere for future growth and development in drum corps.”

ASPAA, with the more recent demise of both junior and senior level corps in Texas, has taken a proactive approach to assisting fledgling musical-education and performance organizations, in the hope that, through both organizational and financial development, drum corps will begin to flourish again in Texas.

For more information, contact the Austin Stars Performing Arts Association at 512-989-1798 (business) or 512-587-3491 (cell). The organization’s Web site is: