“Star, as it was simply known to fans, would never have come to be had it not been for Carl Cook, son of Bill and Gayle Cook of Bloomington, Illinois. The Cooks had started up a company that grew to be a major supplier of coronary catheters for angioplasty procedures.
In 1979, Carl wanted to watch the DCI Championship Finals on PBS. His father had never seen drum corps until that fateful night from Birmingham, Alabama. The broadcast hooked them both on the activity.”