Jessamine County: West Jessamine band members get chance to mingle with legendary Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps

Elliott Keller, a student at the University of Minnesota, played baritone trumpet during the Blue Stars rehearsal in Nicholasville recently.
Elliott Keller, a student at the University of Minnesota, played baritone trumpet during the Blue Stars rehearsal in Nicholasville recently. Zoya Tereshkova

West Jessamine High School marching band members were surprised recently when they arrived for another day of band summer camp only to find that members of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from La Crosse, Wis., were already rehearsing on the school’s football field.

The West Jessamine band members watched the rehearsal and mingled with the Blue Stars musicians and color guard during breaks.

Patrick VanArsdale, band director at West Jessamine, said the experience would be similar to the school’s basketball players getting to hang out with the University of Kentucky Wildcats baseball team, or baseball players with the Cincinnati Reds.

“In our band world, Blue Stars is elite, the closest thing we have to professional level, and to observe the practice and talk with the guys means a whole lot for our band kids,” he said.

Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps is a group of 150 performers, ages 15 to 21, that includes brass, percussion and color guard. Several of the members are students at UK.

Stacie Kammerling, a color guard with Blue Stars, said she watched part of the school marching band practice and was impressed.

“They do some things I could not do while in high school,” she said. “The clapped to us, and we clapped to them.”

Art League Gallery Walk is Friday

The Jessamine County Creative Art League will present a gallery walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday on Main Street in downtown Nicholasville. Participating venues include the Art Depository, the Old Jail, the Polvino Family Art Center, Gullete & Grayson and the Law Library. The photography of Sydney Smith will be featured at the Art Depository, where participants can meet the artist and learn more about her work. For more information, find the Creative Art League of Jessamine County on Facebook.

Gospel on the Green Concert Friday

The Wesley Village Singers and Men of Song will be featured at Wilmore’s Gospel on the Green concert at 7 p.m. Friday at 101 Rice Street. Food from local vendors will be available. Chairs and tables will be available, or bring your own chairs and blankets. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved under the pavilion. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the community center, or pet food for the animal shelter, as admission to the free concert.

Aquatic Center hours change

The Nicholasville/Jessamine County Aquatic Center will change its hours of operation for the post-season beginning Saturday. The pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 5.