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WGI REGIONAL in Almere
(03/03/14)



 

UNIK STAR 2014 : 2 UNITS @T WGI IN ALMERE
Indoor Percussion fans were able to enjoy top percussion on Saturday 1st March, during a new edition of the WGI European Regional Contest in Almere (NL).
Unik Star has presented 2 marvelous ensembles and a top notch performance with the production 'HIDDEN' in Marching Open Class & 'SPATIAL MADNESS' in Concert Open Class !
For this new edition 2014 in Holland, WGI is presented 7 units of 4 different countries in the 'Open Marching Class' : Holland, Belgium & Italia and France ! Unik Star Concert was the only unit in the Concert Open Class. Many prestigious members and groups was on the floor ; And the audience is still very generous when Unik Star leaves the floor with full applause.
A great satisfaction and a feeling of success for having done 2 nice performances in finals !!!

You can find more informations on the COLOR GUARD NEDERLAND website : www.colorguard.org

Concert Independent Open Class - Finals
1/ Unik Star Concert - Hellemmes (F)   83.90  (0.00)

Independent Marching Open Class - Finals
1/ Jubal Indoor Percussion - Dordrecht (NL)   87.35 pts
2/ DrumSpirit - Dadizele (BE)   86.55 pts
3/ Beatrix' Indoor Percussion - Hilversum (NL)   82.05 pts
4/ Unik Star Open - Hellemmes (F)   81.55 pts
5/ European X - Almere (NL)   81.50 pts
6/ Percussion Unlimited - Loon op Zand (NL)  81.50 pts
7/ yMe indoor percussion - Carnate (IT)   76.25 pts




CELEBRATION
(30/01/14)




HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014
(01/01/14)






USC 2014 - Concept 
(30/10/13)

UNIK STAR 2014 - CONCERT

UNIK STAR CONCERT started in April 2013 : a project that had been discussed for several months and came to life thanks to the staff. This new unit includes approximately 15 musicians who want to live an indoor percussion experience with Unik Star Percussion Ensemble in Hellemmes.

In the Winter of 2014, Unik Star Concert Percussion Ensemble from Hellemmes (France) will present their first production. The show is to be called  "SPATIAL MADNESS". The staff describes the new show programme as follows: "The new musicians team will be taking a much harder and exciting trip based journey into the world of space."

After the completion of the project, USC will perform a original show which can be entertaining and enlightening ! Excitement, sophistication, and subtlety, the music program will present 3 pieces, notably the famous "Beetlejuice" & a music of the film "AVATAR"..

Staff : Eric Sueur, Alex Beels, Kristof Rigole, Ludovic Sueur, Benjamin Vandemorteele, Mélanie Reynaert.

Unik Star Equipments : Dynasty Instruments, VicFirth, Evans Drumhead, Zildjian, M-Audio, Logic Pro Software & Apple, Roland SP-404SX. 




USO 2014 - Concept 
(22/09/13)

UNIK STAR 2014 - OPEN

Unik Star Open Percussion Ensemble is proud to present there 2014 production “HIDDEN” with music composed by Joe Rodwell, Carl Curtis, David Lemant & Krystof Rigole.

To play with senses, to hide items, to obfuscate the floor and disappear into the abyss... Unik Star will use the term 'HIDDEN' in any definition. Unik Star will participate a several contests and exhibitions in Europe for this 2014 season.

Our original program will explore the many ways in which we hide, and develop the idea of hidden senses.

Visual/Drill Designer : Benoit Sueur.

Staff : Benoit Sueur, David Lemant, Joe Rodwell, Jérôme Capoen, Georges Lecomte, Daniel gannaway-Pitts & Carl Curtis.

Unik Star Equipments : Dynasty Instruments, VicFirth, Evans Drumhead, Zildjian, M-Audio, Logic Pro Software & Apple, Roland SP-404SX.

    




Parade in France
(02/09/13)

STREET PARADE IN AUGUST

Our musicians and color guards took part in the famous “flowers feast” on Friday 23th August 2013 in 'Le Touquet - Paris Plage'. This parade gathered a very large and cheerful audience.
A successful performance and animation which has demonstrated once again our talent, our seriousness, and our technical qualities.

We wish you an excellent visit. Don’t hesitate to leave comments or messages on our facebook pages. Have fun watching the new article!




Summer season 2013
(01/06/13)

Seven members of Unik Star (Fra) join Black Knights (UK)

 Seven French musicians and guard members have joined the UK based Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2013 season.

 Since the beginning of the season, Sandy & Coralie are part of the the color guard section, and Jerome & Benjy joined the front ensemble.  Benoit, David & Ludovic march in the drumline. 

The Black Knights compete in the DCUK and DCE competition. Next month, the french members will perform at their first DCUK British Contest in Woking. 




APRIL 2013
(15/04/13)

LAST RESULTS - SEASON 2012/2013

RESULTS CGN 2013 : Individuals & Ensembles
1/ 79.00 - Romain Devocelle (Unik Star)
2/ 71.00 - Giovanni Devriere (Unik Star)
3/ 68.00 - Ivo Boot (Juliana)

RESULTS IPE 2013 : Individuals & Ensembles
1/ 88.00 - Brynn Cooper (Unik Star/BK)
2/ 86.00 - Nicklas Eklund (GOT Motion)
3/ 82.50 - Romain Devocelle (Unik Star)
4/ 75.00 - CD Osterberg (GOT Motion)
5/ 68.50 - Jack Boddington (Liberty)
6/ 68.00 - Giovanni Devriere (Unik Star)
7/ 62.00 - Jessy Merlin (Mosaic)
8/ 59.50 - Orin Willis (Liberty)

RESULTS IPE 2013 : Championships
International Marching Percussion Class:
PRELIMS
1 - 75.83 Unik Star (FRA)
2 - 73.33 DrumSpirit (B)
3 - 72.00 GOT Motion (SWE)

International Marching Percussion Class:
FINALS
1 - 79.83 DrumSpirit (B)
2 - 78.83 GOT Motion (SWE)
3 - 78.50 Unik Star (FRA)

UNIK STAR creates
UNIK STAR CONCERT 2014!

For this new unit, we are looking for 12 and 15 musicians who want to live an indoor percussion experience with Unik Star Percussion Ensemble in Hellemmes. Snares, tenors, bass drums, marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, synthesizer, this project aims to bring together players from all walks of life in a big musical project!

FIRST MEETING this Sunday, April '13 28th at 14:00: OPEN & Start rehearsal!

Additionals informations:
The 1st preparation camp UNIK STAR CONCERT 2014 will be so:
April 28th, 2013 (2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
May 19th, 2013 (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
June 23th, 2013 (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
July 21th, 2013 (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Then, rehearsal will begin in October, a schedule will be transmitted with the dates (two Sundays per month - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

Thank you contact us via facebook with Alex Beels, Ludo Sueur, Eric Sueur & Jerome Capoen.




CGN 2013 & Results
(30/03/13)

CGN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
DATE : 23 MARS 2013
LOCATION : ALMERE (NL)


A Class - COLOR GUARD

76.00 - The Pride A
75.55 - Avant Courir A Class
75.37 - Dynamix
71.92 - Euphonia A-class
71.73 - CMH Menaldum A
70.63 - Intension A
69.53 - The Pride Junior
68.93 - N-Motion A
68.71 - Passie Junior
67.44 - Concordia Sexbierum A
66.75 - 2Xtreme A
66.14 - Xpression
65.99 - The Devils Winterguard
64.47 - Advanced
61.73 - Pure Winterguard
61.44 - CMV Hosanna
60.23 - Red Light
59.30 - Impact AA
58.33 - ACF Silky
57.45 - Serenity A
54.16 - Devotion
53.43 - West Coast Guard
52.83 - Inspiration AA
48.79 - the Switch


Finals Marching Open Class - PERCUSSION

87.65 - European X
85.90 - Beatrix' Indoor Percussion
84.80 - DrumSpirit
84.40 - Percussion Unlimited
82.75 - Unik Star


Please, you can find more informations on the COLOR GUARD NEDERLAND website : www.colorguard.org


 





 




New partners 2013 & IPE French contest
(15/03/13)

NEW PARTNERS FOR UNIK STAR / XPRESSION
(click on the poster and access the website)




WGI 2013
(24/02/13)

FIRST & AMAZING COMPETITION FOR UNIK STAR

16/02/2013

European X was the winner of the WGI European Percussion Regional, this week end. It was a long but marvellous day in Almere (holland) for members.

Music Prelims started in the morning in the fantastic Indoor Sportscentre in Almere. While the local Color Guard show with over 45 guards was going on ; Unik Star worked with the judges to improve their product 'KONECT' for the night's finals.

Almost 1000 spectators witnessed the show, a record number for a European percussion event.

Finally, second place in the category 'Open Marching Percussion Class' went to Unik Star and Xpression took ninth place with the program 'Cordophone'.

Article on the WGI website : 'The French Unik Star (Second Place - 78.9) stepped up in the evening. With a much more controlled program in finals they give the word energy a new meaning. They performed a very distinctive program with raw action and many refined moments in between.'

>>> See the slideshow UNIK STAR

>>> See the slideshow XPRESSION 

RESULTS

WGI Independent Marching Open Class
FINALS

80.20 - European X
78.90 - Unik Star
77.40 - DrumSpirit
77.20 - Percussion Unlimited
72.90 - Beatrix' Indoor Percussion

WGI Independent Marching Open Class
PRELIMS

78.80 - European X
78.20 - Unik Star
77.50 - Percussion Unlimited
76.50 - DrumSpirit
74.20 - Beatrix' Indoor Percussion

CGN A Class - COLOR GUARD
73.50 - The Pride A
71.90 - Dynamix
69.00 - Avant Courir A Class
68.00 - CMH Menaldum A
64.90 - Euphonia A-class
63.90 - 2Xtreme A
62.70 - Intension A
61.70 - N-Motion A
61.50 - Xpression
59.90 - Concordia Sexbierum A
55.40 - Serenity A
54.60 - ACF Silky




UNIK STAR JUNIORS 2013
(14/02/13)

PRODUCTION 2013 - UNIK STAR JUNIORS
Unik Star Percussion Ensemble Juniors is proud to present there 2013 production “BIG APPLE” with music composed by 2 members : Ludovic & Georges.

Children are also exploring a new adventure with 3 new musics :
- Party in the USA
- New York, New York
- Empire state of mind

Concept & Music
Georges Lecomte & Ludovic Sueur
Teaching
Ludovic Sueur & Benjy Vandemoortele

TRY OUT US 2013 : BIG Success !
On Sunday February 10th, the TRY OUT was a amazing day and a big success!

150 fans & musicians from France & Belgium had great time in Hellemmes.

 The new production 'KONECT' turned out to be wildly successful for our group.

Unik Star Staff would like to thank Joe Rodwell, Carl Curtis, Fans, Friends, Partners, Volunteers, Members for this fabulous event!

>>> See the slideshow




Premier contest CGN pour Xpression
(14/01/13)

FIRST CGN CONTEST 2013 - XPRESSION
The first contest of CGN 2013 season on Saturday 5st January in Holland was a new adventure !

The color guards enter on the floor around 20:00 and the sweet music of "Kylynn" can be heard. The audience is really reagent and generous !  A nice energy, movements executed with a lot of stress for this first contest ! but Xpression knows that it can to be better in the execution of their program 'Chordophone'.  

Denni Hawke will come in France for a new special clinic, it is scheduled for the last week end in January (thanks to Denni & Kristin for his help).
Xpression wants to have the best result for the championships with our new team and will give the best for the future.

RESULTS CGN Contest Waalwijk - 5th january 2013
A Class
67.30 - The Pride A
63.10 - Avant Courir A Class
54.90 - Pure Winterguard
51.90 - Xpression
51.60 - ACF Silky




CHORDOPHONE
(04/11/12)

Xpression Performance Ensemble is pleased to present the theme of the show for the 2013 winterguard season : 'CHORDOPHONE'.
7 guards, a new team, will be on the floor ; Mélanie Leleu and Denni Hawke has build this concept/mouvments with all equipements on a sweet music for a new show !

A chordophone is any musical instrument that makes sound by way of a vibrating strings or String stretched between two points. Xpression will explore this unique concept and portrait the art of the “Chordophone” through equipment movement and dance for this winterguard season 2013.

1 Slideshow is online on our website :
>>>
Rehearsal Xpression 2012-2013 with Alliance Winterguard




Happy Holiday
(05/07/12)

Unik Star from Hellemmes (France) are both proud to announce the appointment of both Joe Rodwell & Carl Curtis (UK musical consultants for Vintage Percussion, Black Knights & 37th Kingswood over the past few years) as the new musical design team for Unik Star Percussion Ensemble 2013.

For this new season, arrangements and compositions for our french unit are written by Joe Rodwell (front ensemble/keyboard), David Lemant (battery) & Carl Curtis (cymbals).

The drilldesign is written by Benoit Sueur. Jérôme Capoen & Georges Lecomte will do the last adjustments for the front ensemble.

'Members are very excited to be working with them and can’t wait to see what this partnership brings to their organisation. Since several weeks, All instructors & consultants prepare the next winter season, and we have a great sound. ' says Jérôme Capoen (secretary).

We would also like to say a massive thank you to Kevin Shah, Tony Nunez & Christophe Houard who have written for us continually over the past few years with some great concepts & shows.

If anyone would like any further information on Unik Star then please contact Benoit Sueur, the director on directeur@unikstar.com. This winterseason's show will start in September and numerous camps will be organize to realize this program and the musicians are working really hard.

Unik Star hope for a warm welcome of this show by the audience and good results at the competitions.

LET'S GO POUR LA SAISON 2013 !!!

The first IPE Information Evening will be held in Hellemmes (Fra) on August 30th.

IPE representatives will explain matters for the upcomming 2013 European Indoor Percussion Season.

During this meeting they will explain and discuss topics like education, organisation, contests and judging. The IPE Information Evening provides (mainly French/Belgian) percussion units with advice and support for making decisions regarding IPE Classifications, IPE Rules, Policies and regulations and other important matters.

When and where?
Date:
Thursday 30 August, 2012
Time: 19:00pm – 20:30pm
Venue: SALLE ITONG, Centre Gustave Engrand (208, rue Faidherbe, 59260 Hellemmes - France)




Unik Star for 2013
(16/06/12)

With as main objective to develop a new quality show for 2013, Unik Star Percussion Ensemble wants to get back in the lead and will continue work on knowledges, aptitudes & concentration.

The advice of several arrangers/clinicians from England is being followed and developed further by the music staff. The drumline, the front ensemble of Unik Star are almost at full capacity.

For the season 2013, arrangments/compositions are written by Joe Rodwell and David Lemant, drilldesign is written by Benoit Sueur. Jérôme Capoen & Georges Lecomte will do the last adjustments for the front ensemble. Joe Rodwell is a complete musician, clinician in Europe and a old performer in Blue Devils at DCI. Joe and other English instructors will be conducting several clinics for our unit.

This winterseason's show will start in September and numerous camps will be organize to realize this program and the musicians are working really hard. We hope for a warm welcome of this show by the audience and good results at the competitions.

During this summer, the group wins money with several parades in France & Belgium.

2 new slideshows are online :
-
Taptoe in Croix (May 2012)
-
Street parade in La Fère en Tardenois (May 2012)



I&E CGN : SCORES
(24/04/12)

END OF THE SEASON 2012 :-)


The Color Guard Nederland (CGN) Individuals & Ensembles 2012 for brass, percussion and color guard was held this Saturday (April 21th) in Eemnes in Netherland. Several percussionists, color guard members and brass players started their performances at 19.00 hours in a relaxed atmosphere.

It is with a score of 83,0 points that Ludovic Sueur won first place in this category (Snare individual).

CGN Snare Individual Open Class
83.0 Ludovic Sueur (Unik Star)
81.0 Romain Devocelle (Unik Star)
69.0 Giovanni Devriere (Unik Star)
62.0 Robin Kloek (Beatrix')

More information about this last competition can be found at www.individualsensembles.org.

FAN DAY '12
On April 15th, around 150 visitors came to discover and to see again for the last time, childrens of the music sections of Unik Star Juniors, Xpression & Unik Star. A great last performance for the juniors who presented their show 'Brothers & Sisters' and several fabulous clinics during the morning were a nice experience !
Videos and pictures are online on our website in the MEDIA pages !




IPE SCORES (I&E and Championships)
(10/04/12)

IPE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Almost 400 Indoor Percussion fans were able to enjoy top percussion on Sunday April 8th during the fifth edition of the IPE European Championships 2012. Unik Star & theirs juniors were in the "Hall des Sports" in Tournai (B).

Unik Star demonstrated their talents with the show 'PRISM' at the IPE European Championships for the last competition of this season 2012 ! The drill was very good with a lot of concentrations but a electronic problem for this final performance but our members was won the second place  !

Unik Star Juniors was successful for its first performance in a competition. Gathering about 10 members from 6 to 11 years old, this young group learns the percussion techniques and
Unik Star Juniors  will represent the future musicians of Unik Star.

Congratulations to all for this first performance and work done which has been fruitful.

Over the years IPE presented the I&E Competition during our Kick-Off event in february. For the first time, IPE held the Individuals & Ensembles competition during the IPE European Championships and
4 musicians presented a program in the Snare Open Class Individual Class. The Snare category was won by David Lemant and the second place for Ludovic Sueur.



2012 IPE I&E

Snare Individual (Open Class) - Results
1 - 87.00 David Lemant (Unik Star)
2 - 82.00 Ludovic Sueur (Unik Star)
3 - 78.00 Nicklas Ecklund (GOT Motion)
4 - 62.00 Romain Devocelle (Unik Star)
5 - 54.00 Jesse Merlin (New Event Corps)
6 - 50.00 Giovanni Devriere (Unik Star)

2012 IPE European Championships

International Marching Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 83.17 The Company (UK)
2 - 67.83 Unik Star (FRA)
3 - 65.83 GOT Motion (SWE)

Junior Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 55.17 Auranja Juniors (FRA)
2 - 31.33 Unik Star Juniors (FRA)


CGN FINALS 2012 in Eindhoven
(02/04/12)

15th April 2012 in HELLEMMES

The FAN's day will be split into two parts: clinics and exhibitions. 

The clinics will be held for front ensemble, drumline and color guard.

Anyone who is interested can register on place betwween 9 am and 10 am.

This clinic will start at 10 am and finish at 1 pm. Admission for the clinics is 5 euros per person, to be paid on the day.

After the clinics, exhibitions are performed by the members of Unik Star, Xpression & Unik Star Juniors.

All visitors are welcome for the exhibitions.

The entry is completky free during the afternoon.

Clinic Informations:

Location :
Centre Gustave Engrand

Adress :
208 rue Faidherbe à Hellemmes (59)

Date :
Dimanche 15 avril 2012

Timing for the clinic :
10h00 till 13h00

Clinicians :
Benoit Sueur
David Lemant
Ludo Sueur
Mélanie Leleu
Coralie Sueur
Georges Lecomte
Arnaud Taton

CGN's Main Event for Color Guard and Indoor Percussion in the Netherlands was held for the eight time in Eindhoven. 46 Color Guards performed in the Indoor Sportcentrum and 10 Indoor Percussion units tried to capture one of the CGN Championship titles. Beatrix has prolonged its CGN World Class title (color guard) & Jubal Indoor Percussion has pocketed its first CGN title in the Marching Open Class (indoor percussion).
Xpression is qualified for finals and confirms his 6th place in the circuit, a good place with only 7 members on the floor. Unik Star ended in fifth place with the a good score : 81.80 pts and the best performance of his season - the group taked the fourth place during the prelims.

Championships CGN Eindhoven - 31 mars 2012
A Class - Color guard
PRELIMS
85.70 - Dynamix
80.50 - CMH Menaldum A
79.50 - N-Motion
78.10 - 2Xtreme A
78.00 - Euphonia A-Class
73.40 - Xpression
73.00 - Concordia Sexbierum
69.50 - Pure
68.30 - Serenity
67.90 - Impact A
FINALS
86.80 - Dynamix
82.50 - N-Motion
81.00 - CMH Menaldum A
79.80 - 2Xtreme A
78.40 - Euphonia A-Class
76.70 - Xpression
72.60 - Concordia Sexbierum
71.30 - Pure
Marching Open Class - Indoor Percussion
PRELIMS
89.50 - Jubal Indoor Percussion
85.20 - European X
84.30 - Pasveer IP
81.10 - Unik Star
80.80 - Percussion Unlimited
FINALS
90.80 - Jubal Indoor Percussion
88.90 (0.00) - European X
85.00 (0.00) - Pasveer IP
82.60 (0.00) - Percussion Unlimited
81.80 (0.00) - Unik Star
>>> See the video - Xpression
>>> See the video - Unik Star




IPE & WGI - Music & Guards
(10/03/12)

CONTESTS IN WIMEREUX

Last week, IPE for indoor percussion and WGUK for Color Guard was held for the first time in France. 5 Indoor Percussion units and 6 Color guard groups tried to capture a new high score.
Unik Star (International Marching Class), The Beverly Drumband (European Marching Class), Music Black Show (Concert Class) and the Auranja Juniors (Junior Marching Class) have won the IPE French Percussion Regional in Wimereux.
For the WGUK Contest, The class winners were Southern Knights in the A-Class and Mayflower in Open Class. Over 80 people witnessed the performances of units from Belgium, France and England.

Contest IPE Wimereux - 4th march 2012

International Marching Percussion Class
60.33 Unik Star (Fra)

European Marching Percussion Class
73.17 The Beverly Drumband (B)
25.50 Magic Evolution (Fra)

Concert Percussion Class
51.75 Showband Music Black Show (Fra)

Junior Marching Percussion Class
50.33 Auranja Juniors (Fra)

Contest WGUK Wimereux - 4th march 2012
Color Guard

Open Class
84.70 - Mayflower (UK)
75.90 - Southern Knights (UK)

A Class
82.50 - Southern Knights (UK)
79.50 - Mayflower (UK)
61.60 - Xpression (Fra)
46.60 - Black Pearls (Fra)

>>> See the slide show for Xpression

>>> See the slide show for Unik Star

THE WGI REGIONAL IN HOLLAND

With a score of 87.10 Jubal Indoor Percussion (Ned) has won the WGI European Regional Title. In Topsportcentre Almere (Holland), the audience was treated on eight fantastic indoor percussion shows.
4th place in the Marching Open Class went for Unik Star with a good result in the caption 'Performance'. It was the second contest of Unik Star 2012.

Indoor Percussion Contest - 10th march 2012

Marching Open Class Finals
87.1 - Jubal (Ned)
82.9 - Pasveer (Ned)
82.0 - Percussion Unlimited (Ned)
77.9 - Unik Star (Fra)
75.9 - European X (Ned)

Our 7 color guards, in a same time, received the program for the day and goes directly to the dressing room as the doors open to get ready. In the A-Class, several strong units competed and some modifications have been included for Xpression. A better execution that the last contest and much applause from the audience at the climax of the program ; but a medium score for the prelims. Xpression can't to participate at the final competition during the evening with this score.

Independent A-Class - 10th march 2012
Color Guard

76.50 - Passie A  (Ned)
73.20 - The Pride A (Ned)
72.10 - CMH Menaldum A (Ned)
66.60 - N-Motion (Ned)
63.80 - Euphonia A-Class (Ned)
63.30 - Concordia Sexbierum (Ned)
63.00 - 2Xtreme A (Ned)
62.50 - Pure (Ned)
62.20 - Xpression (Fra)
58.80 - Impact A (Ned)
56.90 - ACF Silky (All)
53.20 - The Sound of Frankfurt (Ned)

>>> See the slide show for Unik Star




Xpression : First contest 2012
(19/02/12)

XPRESSION IN HOLLAND !
It is with a torrential rain that the color guards of Xpression performed at their 1st CGN of the season 2012 on February 18th in Wageningen (NL).
It was the first time in show uniform (white dress) for our girls. A successful performance thanks to a large and warm audience for a first contest. The team will clean the program again and will can to give more points.
The winterguard season is launched with this great first performance for our 'angels' !!!
>>> See the slide show of this contest

 

Contest CGN Wageningen
18th february 2012

A Class - Scores
84.60 pts - Passie A
81.50 pts - Dynamix
78.10 pts - CMH Menaldum A
75.60 pts - 2Xtreme A
71.70 pts - N-Motion
71.10 pts - Xpression
69.10 pts - Concordia Sexbierum




2012 Unik Star : Prism
(30/01/12)

"In optics, a prism is a transparent optical element with flat, polished surfaces that refract light. A triangular prism, dispersing light; waves shown to illustrate the differing wavelengths of light."

Unik Star Percussion Ensemble from Hellemmes (Fra) is proud to present there 2012 production “PRISM” with music composed by Tony Nunez & Kevin Shah From USA (Ref. Arcadia High School & South Hill High School). The visual designer of this new show is Benoit Sueur. The group mades great progression over the last months with the help of several french and english instructors. A new information for you, net surfers : Unik Star will use a new black drumline 'Dynasty' for this new winter season.

Enhancing the dynamics of the production with rhythm, Unik Star will produce 3 differents illustrations/ideas that will elevate in a original concept :
- Prisms can be used to reflect light, or to split light into components with different polarizations.
- A prism can be used to break light up into its constituent spectral colors.
>>> it will make you discover the Refraction & Reflection effects and the dispersion.




2012
(03/01/12)



NEXT UPDATE :

YOU WILL DISCOVER THE NEW SHOW 2012
UNIK STAR PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE FROM HELLEMMES - FRANCE
THE GROUP WILL PARTICIPATE AT IPE & CGN CHAMPIONSHIPS !!!




Clinic with Vicky & Helen
(20/12/11)

UNIK STAR JUNIOR : Répétitions !
They have started their new program slowly and will work very hardly for this first indoor percussion show. We have again severals places availables, and you can contact by mail for a registration for our unit at directeur@unikstar.com.
The instruction is done by :
- Benjamin Vandemoortele & Mela Reynaert (Front Ensemble)
- Georges Lecomte (General music)
- Ludovic Sueur (Drumline)
- Benoit Sueur (Ensemble)


Helen Tomlin and Vicky Richards join Unik Star staff...
The english instructors from Black Knights, Vicky Richards and Helen Tomlin, joined temporarily, in december, the staff of Unik Star. Habitualy, Helen and Vicky teach the front ensemble of Black Knights. Since the coming of 4 french musicians in BK  (Mélanie, David, Ludovic & Jérôme), there is a good contact and feeling. Unik Star used the experience of these intervenants as the group wants to explore all methods and wishs it present the best show for this new indoor percussion season. For the 2012 season, Unik Star will participate at three IPE events with 3 dates and the CGN Championshipw that the unit wint the Champion title 'Open Marching Class' in 2011. The clinic was extremely intensive and everyone really worked hard again ; A next clinic will be schedule in January 2012 probably with other english consultants, after this success.




Melanie Leleu & Seba Flohart in England
(14/11/11)

2 French guards joined English Unit for the 2012 winterguard season.

Melanie Leleu integrates Southern Knights Open Class, and Sébà Flohart performs in Alliance Winterguard Open Class for this new season.

Melanie remains active members of Xpression Performance Ensemble and wish to discover the english winterguard activitie in a Open Class section. She performed on the field at the DCE Championships & the DCUK circuit with The Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corps the last season.

She manages actually Xpression and marched during 7 winter seasons in the unit before his first english experience in BK. The Staff would like to thank her for all her efforts and her motivation ; she's been able to help her section grow.

Concerning Sébà, he  was instructor for Xpression in 2008 & 2009, he helped in the training ; with his personnal life, he stopped the color guard activitie since 2 years. He does his come-back with Alliance Winterguard and Unik Star is proud of their achievement.

"Members wish you a very Good Moment on the floor and the best success for your WGUK Season !" says Jérôme Capoen - Secretary

Unik Star Juniors was founded 3 years ago and the staff have great ambitions and members enjoy the challenge !

IPE will be the first competition in their existence and the staff is proud of this project.

Members present 'Brothers & Sisters'. This show includes music of 'Little Sister' (LOL) and 'Hey Soul Sister' (Train).

Music designers & teaching by :
- Benjamin Vandemoortele
- Georges Lecomte
- Ludovic Sueur
- Benoit Sueur.

With the show, Unik Star Junior will enter the Junior Concert Class of the IPE Championships 2012 in Belgium on April 8th. You will find more informations on the IPE website :




New Medias 2012 : pictures online
(15/10/11)

On timing was very important for this week (Friday 30th September, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October), and the weekend was extremely intensive. Our english friends, Alliance Winterguard, were in France for a new clinic, in more the first BIG CAMP for Unik Star, and a special Meeting with our City hall, for this busy Week end.

Online on our website, you can find 3 slideshows on our MEDIAS - PICTURES PAGE ! (click on this like and you will reach this page) 

Have a good moment with this new update :-)




Xpression 2012 : Angels on the Floor
(01/10/11)

XPRESSION 2012 : Les Anges sur le Floor !

In the Winter of 2012, Xpression Performance Ensemble will present a new production at CGN in Holland & at the WGUK French Contest.

The new show is to be called  "De Angelis".

Jason & Denni Hawke describe the new show programme as follows: "The guard team will be taking a much softer and very movement based journey into the world of Angels.

After the completion of another successful season, Xpression are set to build on these experiences. It is a show which can be entertaining and enlightening ! With directing, acting, producing ! Colours, fashion, flair, excitement, sophistication, and subtlety, "De Angelis" is a visual picture alive.

Xpression will use sky design and will word many times with music which creates a most complete and universal language and the bliss feeling.

Push Push Push XPRESSION 2012 !!

Five French members joined The Black Knights D&B Corps (UK) & Jubal D&B Corps (NL) for the 2011 summer season.

For Black Knights, Melanie Leleu integrated the color guard section, and Jerome Capoen the front ensemble since the beginning of the season. David Lemant performs in snare, and Ludovic Sueur is part of the tenor line since several months.

Adeline integrated Jubal since 10 months and plays in the front ensemble. In july/August, she participated at the 'Jubal USA Tour' this season.

The 24th September, they will be on the field at the DCE Championships (Outdoor) in Kerkrade (NL).

Unik Star is proud of their achievement !




Rehearsals
(18/08/11)

TOP DEPART !
The musicians and color guards took back well rehearsals since August 14th 2011. The words of order for this new season: DARE and ENERGY !!! We are still recruiting for the new season 2 synthesizer players and you are all welcome to live the experience of Unik Star.  You can contact us via contact@unikstar.com. All this informations to say that all the members will spend as every year many fantastic instants during all the season and that the team Unik Star and Xpression is more than ever motivated.

SPECIAL DONATION FOR XPRESSION
We would like to thank Rapid'flore, and more particularly Sandy and Eric Sueur that we have in our list of partners who offer us a donation for this season. Thanks to him, Xpression will have new materials for their winterguard training and The entire team would like to thank them for his precious help. Rapid'flore is a flower shop ; Sandy and Eric have 2 shops in the North of France :
- 741 avenue Léon Blum, 59280 Armentières
- 1673 rue d'Armentières,  59850 Nieppe

NEW EVENT by Unik Star / Xpression in 2012...
You can envisage, in your calendar, the day of 8th January to come at a new special & big event in Hellemmes : Music Open House, Try-Out and Clinics in a same time (with a lot of demonstrations and don’t forget that the places are restricted in the different clinics). Our staff is in the planification and we wish we create a new Dynamic and complete Event. No Open House this year, but you will receive more informations in october/november. Thank you for your comprehension.




HOLIDAYS 2011
(01/07/11)





XPRESSION & UNIK STAR - 'OFF TIME'

After several parades and carnivals in France during 3 months (after the title CGN MARCHING OPEN CLASS 2011 for Unik Star), the group organises a 'Off Moment' for everyone (musicians and color guards).

2 new slideshows are online :
-
Taptoe in Croix (10/06/11)
-
Carnival in Watten (13/06/11)

The next rehearsal will be the 14th August, and during the holiday, you can to send a message (for urgency) on the email adress contact@unikstar.com.

Our Staff wishs you a happy holiday for everyone.




 




Preparation for Xpression 2012
(10/06/11)

Xpression A Class to return to competition at CGN 2012... Xpression & Alliance work together since 2 years, our association cooperates again with Alliance Winterguard in 2012 !
Our french team is always looking for a good progression and after 'The forbidden Colour' in 2010 and 'Requiem : Claude Monet' in 2011, Xpression Winterguard will have the pleasure to present a new theme in October. 2 camps, for the moment, have been organized to realize the new program and color guards will work really hard in June and October for this beginning.
Our english friends will use their talents and their knowledges to create a better and stronger production at the image of Xpression. Xpression hasn’t changed their winning team of designers : Jason Hawke, Denni Hawke, Cheryl Gray.
Just one modification, Helen Tomlin is remplaced by Jessica Chapman (on the picture) : Jessica started her marching career with Alliance in 2006 starting out a member of the A Class guard Jess soon made the step up to the saber line of the Open guard in 2008. She has been the Alliance Guard Captain 2011. Jessica has been accepted into 3 of the top university’s in the UK to take her degree in dance and performing arts.

These professionals were chosen in the objective to help our unit take the next step, again this year.

"It's much easy with this new season, because Alliance will use the same methodology ; and with our coming in Black Knight this summer, the planification is better ! There is no doubt that Xpression will benefit from these instructors with a new fabulous new concept!" says Jérôme Capoen (secretary & public relation).




Summer Season Indoor & Outdoor
(05/05/11)

PICTURES ONLINE - PARADE 2011
UNIK STAR & XPRESSION IN VAUJOURS (F)
Click on the link et open the file


1 time CGN Champions (2011) & 1 time IPE Champions (2008), Unik Star is a group of musicians that play on percussion instruments while performing a show. During the competition in Winter, we perform our music and a choreographed show to entertain the audience with a high action percussion theatre. Guards and musicians have worked their butts off all season in 2011, and the staff is organising a new fantastic winter season for 2012 ! So the “Meteors” are back for another winter with new staff lined up and new members coming in from all over about membership we can be sure that the unit will be unleashed bigger and better for 2012 !!!
During the summer, the group will perform for several parades in France and Belgium.

If you are interested in experiencing our journey for this new winter season (percussion, electronic or guards), please contact benoit Sueur at the following email address directeur@unikstar.com

SUMMER SEASON 2011 : DRUM CORPS IN EUROPE !!!
3 members of the Unik Star percussion section and Xpression were lucky enough to perform in DCE during the summer season. Melanie Leleu (Guard) & Jérôme Capoen (Front Ensemble) march in Black Knight in England. Adeline Bevernage marchs in Jubal in Holland.

After David Lemant & Benoit Sueur in Senators (UK) in 2009, it is a great opportunity for other members to bond with a other summer corps in Europe.




UNIK STAR et XPRESSION 2012
(11/04/11)




UNIK STAR : Champion CGN 2011
(01/04/11)

For the CGN Championships (the final competition of this season in Holland), Our Guards in the A-CLASS and our musicians in the Open Class Marching, competed with 18 strong units ; Xpression with a record high score of 76.95 pts, obtains the 6th place and Unik Star win the Title CGN Marching Open Class.

Color Guard CGN Finals :
A Class
85.27 (0.00) - CMH Menaldum A
84.18 (0.00) - Intension
83.87 (0.00) - The Pride A
78.52 (0.00) - Dynamix
77.58 (0.00) - Passie A
76.95 (0.00) - Xpression Winterguard
76.42 (0.00) - 2Xtreme A
74.05 (0.00) - Future Blaze

Indoor Percussion CGN Finals :
Marching Open Class
85.90 (0.00) - Unik Star
85.05 (0.00) - Percussion Unlimited
84.25 (0.00) - European X
83.10 (0.00) - Vintage Percussion

Color Guard Prelims :
A Class
81.60 (0.00) - CMH Menaldum A
81.30 (0.00) - Intension
80.80 (0.00) - The Pride A
76.90 (0.00) - Dynamix
76.40 (0.00) - Passie A
75.70 (0.00) - 2Xtreme A
74.90 (0.10) - Xpression Winterguard
72.70 (0.00) - Future Blaze
72.30 (0.00) - Euphonia
70.70 (0.00) - Mozaic
69.00 (0.00) - Concordia Sexbierum
66.50 (0.00) - Pure
65.80 (0.00) - The sound of Frankfurt
64.20 (0.00) - Impact A

Indoor Percussion Prelims :
Marching Open Class
83.95 (0.00) - Unik Star
82.65 (0.00) - European X
82.05 (0.00) - Percussion Unlimited
81.25 (0.00) - Vintage Percussion

Unik Star has participed at the IPE Championships in Belgium, the last week. The performance was really different, and best preparation for CGN ; so Unik Star has not to give the best at IPE...

International Marching Percussion Class
FINALS
92.50 Senators (UK)
82.33 DrumSpirit (B)
78.00 GOT Motion (SWE)
74.50 European X (NED)
72.33 Unik Star (FRA)
68.33 Percussion Unlimited (NED)
49.50 DNG (B)

Unik Star & Xpression (Staff)
would like to thank :

All external instructors and arrangers
Our Sponsors: Vic Firth & Vancore
Our Partners, Our friends, Our fans
the Audience
All musicians and color guards
for this fabulous season
















WGI 2011 - Music & Color Guards
(10/03/11)

WGI REGIONAL & CGN CONTEST IN GOES
For Xpression
Our Color Guards won the second place at the CGN Contest in Goes (NL). Xpression was back, on the floor, with a lot of modifications and a nice attitude. The group has received the 2nd place with a good score. 4 units was in this category for the contest.
For Unik Star
Three American judges/clinicians came over for the Regional WGI. Caleb Rothe gave the highest points to Unik Star in the Performance Analysis caption of the Independent Marching Open Class. Colleagues Mike Jackson (Visual) and Dave Marwin (General Effect) assessed the performance of Percussion Unlimited with more points, which meant the Dutch remained 0.6 points ahead of the unit from Hellemmes. The unit has passed a very moment in Goes, and a intensive Clinic during this event.
Videos are online in the MEDIA page !

A Class - Color Guard
75.50 (0.00) - Passie A
74.00 (0.00) - Xpression Winterguard
70.70 (0.00) - Future Blaze
69.40 (0.00) - Mozaic

Marching Open Class - Indoor Percussion
80.20 (0.00) - Percussion Unlimited
79.60 (0.10) -
Unik Star


YOUTUBE - VIDEOS


Ludovic Sueur - 2nde Place IPE Ind. Snare

 

Xpression A Class - CGN Goes


Unik Star - Clinic WGI




Good Performance - Try Out & IPE Contest
(26/02/11)

UNIK STAR - TRY OUT 2011 : Success

It is with much emotion and pleasure that 24 Musicians performed for around 100 visitors during the TRY OUT the last week and at the first IPE Contest in Belgium this sunday. Unik Star played the new production 2011 'Déjà-Vu' and has present a exceptionnal demonstration with the new drill. THE SEASON IS STARTING !!!

We have been a warm welcome of this production by the audience and the IPE Team.

Unik Star would like to thank Tony, Kevin, and Marie (American Arrangers & Instructors), Christophe Houard and Vic Firth, Vancore, The city Hall for their support of this event.

SCORES IPE - 1st Contest in Tournai
72.83 pts - The Senators, Eastleigh (UK)
60.83 pts - DrumSpirit, Dadizele (B)
59.50 pts - Unik Star, Hellemmes (Fra)
59.17 pts - European X, Amersfoort (Ned)
47.00 pts - DNG, Dottignies (B)


>>> See the slideshow 'Try Out'

>>> See the slideshow 'IPE Contest Tournai'




Fabulous Kick Off
(16/02/11)

13 FEBRUARY 2011 : IPE Kick Off !!!
The entire team of Unik Star (musicians) were mobilized for a special new IPE Event 2011, this 13th february. It is with much motivation that we went in Belgium for the first IPE competition 2011 : 'Kick Off'. the Individual and Ensemble competition at IPE in Dadizele (about 30 kms from Hellemmes).

Unik Star performed with 2 musicians :

- Ludovic Sueur
- Romain Devocelle

Our French drumliners are very proud of their new accomplishment.

In the video page, you will find 2 extracts of their performances during this event.

>>> See the video (Ludovic)

>>> See the video (Romain)

More informations on the website :

www.indoorpercussioneurope.org

HONNEUR : Marie Parent
On February 13th, in the morning and like every year, one of the members of the organization is invited to be honoured for the good deeds accomplished. This year, Marie Parent is honoured by the city hall.
Marie is an active member of the organization and all the staff members would like to thank her for all her efforts and her motivation ; she's been able to help her section grow.




Xpression : 2nd Contest
(01/02/11)

CONTEST CGN AALSMEER 2011
A difficult second contest for our color guard team in Aalsmeer in Holland this saturday 29th january.

Due to illness, Melanie wasn't able to perform his color guard contest. Disappointed by their performance, the members has performed with a unconfortable situation and a lot of stress.

For this reason, the drill was very difficult and the performance was not better that the last time. We are sure that the result for the next contest will be very good.

With a good condition/preparation and a special training (2 days) with Denni Hawke and Kristin Lamb, our team will give a best result in March for the next CGN Contest in Goes.

Unik Star Percussion Ensemble will participate at the percussion contest, the same day !

SCORES : Contest Aalsmeer - 29 january 2011
76.20 (0.00) - The Pride A
74.00 (0.00) - Intension
71.30 (0.00) - CMH Menaldum A
70.20 (0.00) - Passie A
65.40 (0.00) - Xpression Winterguard
64.80 (0.00) - Future Blaze

 

I&E IPE 2010 : 2 registrations !!!
With 2 I&E performers registered for Unik Star, Indoor Percussion Europe will present the second edition of the 2011 Season KICK OFF in Dadizele (B) on Sunday February 13th. Our Individuals & Ensembles IPE performers 2011 :

- Individual Snare (Open) : Ludovic Sueur
- Individual Snare (Cadet) : Romain Devocelle

Don't miss it and come to the IPE KICK OFF! More informations on http://www.indoorpercussioneurope.org/




Juniors Musicians / Informations
(24/01/11)



MORE MEDIAS AND INFORMATIONS ARE ONLINE :
 







Requiem Xpression : 1st Contest
(11/01/11)

PRODUCTION COLOR GUARD 2011 A CGN !!!
Great surprise and satisfaction ! Xpression has executed for the first time at CGN their new program 2011 "Requiem : Claude Monet" with as competitors The Pride A (NL) and Passie (NL).
Xpression obtains a very nice scores (63,6 pts) for this first contest in Holland !!! Excellent performance for the beginning of this season, and a 2nd place !!! Happiness and satisfaction for all members and the staff. We thank Alliance Winterguard, our designers and english instructors : Denni Hawke, Helen Tomlin, Cheryl Gray & Jason Hawke.
Next CGN Contest : Aalsmeer - 29/01/11

SCORES : Contest Waalwijk - 8 january 2011
67.10 (0.00) - The Pride A
63.60 (0.00) - Xpression Winterguard
58.30 (0.00) - Passie A

>>> See the video





















SHOW 2011
(07/12/10)

PRODUCTION 2011 INDOOR PERCUSSION
Unik Star Percussion Ensemble is proud to present there 2011 production “Déjà-Vu” with music and the visual design composed by Tony Nunez & Kevin Shah (american instructor).
The "déjà-vu" is the experience of feeling sure that one has already witnessed or experienced a current situation, even though the exact circumstances of the previous encounter are uncertain and were perhaps imagined.

Unik Star is also exploring a new adventure with new electronic sounds and musical approach. Many rehearsals and 2 big camps (4 days with americans) are on the Schedule. The staff has been upgraded for this season.

Concept & Music/Visual/Drill Designer
Tony Nunez, Kevin Shah

Teaching
Benoit Sueur, Arnaud Taton, Ludovic Sueur, David Lemant, Eric Sueur

Unik Star Equipments
Vancore Percussion Instruments, VicFirth, Evans Drumhead, Zildjian, M-Audio, Logic Software & Apple

We Thank Christophe Houard for his help.

VIC FIRTH CLINIC : BIG Success !
On Sunday December 5th, the CLINIC VIC FIRTH in conjunction with InCorps was a amazing day and a big success!

50 musicians about from France & Belgium registered for this special event and had great time in Hellemmes (France). Percussionists from 6 differents units registered: Drumline New Generation, New Spirit, New Event Corps, Music Black Show, Voww & Magik Evolution.

Unik Star Staff would like to thank Neil Larrivee, Alexander Giskes, Erwin Van Gemert and Fans, Friends, Partners, Volunteers, Members and Educators for this fabulous event!

>>> See the slideshow
>>> See the video




CLINIC VIC FIRTH : registrations
(10/11/10)

58 REGISTRATIONS !!!

 Spots available :
 Snare & Tenor Basics
15/40
 Bass Drum & Cymbals Basics
5/20
 Keyboard : Music Conception
5/10
 Drill & Manoeuvring
9/45
Improvement Snare
2/15
 Improvement Tenor
9/10
 Clinic Front Ensemble All Day
7/20








Requiem : 2nd Clinic with Alliance
(09/10/10)

Our Staff thanks the new coming in october of Denni Hawke and Helen Tomlin. With this 2nd clinic, the show "Requiem : Claude Monet" is completly ready. Very good teaching during 3 days, Our english team has been wonderful and energic. Congratulations to all for this clinic and work done which has been fruitful. The rhythm will speed up for Xpression and many contests will be scheduled in 2011.
Don’t hesitate to visit us in order ot share our mutual passion !
>>> See the video


5 DECEMBRE : STAGES !!!
Vic Firth, InCorps and Unik Star are proud to present a special multi-clinic in Hellemmes. The day is scheduled on December 5th from 10am to 6pm.

(All the information will be sent to you in November)







New President CPHG Unik Star / Xpression
(20/09/10)



We announce that Benoit Sueur will be the new President for our social & musical organisation. "Benoit has had a long career in the staff and has performed for Senators (Uk), the last year. He is very young but has a lot of energies for our organisation. I am very proud to have been a very important person in the group, i will be always with CPHG Unik Star Xpression in spite of my professional activitie take me extensively time !" said Sandy Sueur (Old President).
The staff team of Unik Star has also been assisted by Marie Taton (Co-Director & Cashier), Jérôme Capoen (Secretary), Aurélie Elind (Secretary Assistant), Sebastien Bevernage (Cashier Assistant), Roland Sueur (Technical Director) & Brigitte Sueur (person in charge : Booking & Uniform).
The percussion line is in the hands of Benoit Sueur, Ludovic Sueur, Eric Sueur & David Lemant. The front ensemble section is under the joint leadership of Arnaud Taton. For this new season, the music Staff is assisted by 2 american instructors. The group will announce his programm in several months only : Suspense !
The Colourguard section (A Class) is run by Melanie Leleu and includes Coralie Sueur ; the team work with Alliance Winterguard since the last season.
The CPHG Unik Star Xpression General Assembly voted to include a new honorific title : honorary member with 2 nominations this years : Roland Sueur & Sandy Sueur.
The association thanks Sandy and Roland for their fabulous motivation & work.



FLOWERS FEAST
IN LOUVECIENNES (FR)
(19/09/10)

SEE THE SLIDESHOW
CLICK HERE

Thanks JM for pictures :-)







You can find in the "Staff" page under THE GROUP, informations including several new nominations in the board and our organisation.  




Banquet 2011
(01/09/10)


"REQUIEM : Claude Monet"
  
By Alliance (UK) & Xpression (F)
The last week, the staff members of Alliance Winterguard (Jason & Denni Hawke and Helen Tomlin) was in France. The rehearsals and preparations for the new production : "Requiem - Claude Monet" has begin for our french color guard. Fantastic long week end with our english friends : Thursday, Friday and Saturday were very intensive ! "Almost two minutes and 30 secondes is down ! Great job Xpression !" : says Marie Taton (Xpression Staff).

The Xpression Team has a busy schedule though the winter period including some very local and european events during this new season, and many rehearsals are scheduled in the agenda. Alliance Winterguard will return in October :-)

This season's show is starting up right. We hope for a warm welcome of this show by the audience and good results at the competitions.
 


The Unik Star / Xpression facebook group now has 650 members. Let's go for 700 before the season starts and you are our best source of new members ! You can help us accomplish this.

Simple go to the group and click 'Invite people to join'.

Thanks in advance !

Sebastien & Jérôme
(Webmasters)

FOR YOUR CONNEXION
CLICK ON THE PICTURE




1st OFFICIAL BANQUET
FOR UNIK STAR & XPRESSION

Saturday 28th August marked the first annual banquet held in Mons en Baroeul. Members who marched in Unik Star & Xpression gathered to share stories and memories.

Many members received a diploma for their efforts during the past season. The group aims to support and expand the participation of musicians and color guards in the winterguard activitie in France and in Europe.

You can find all pictures on your website.

>>> See the slide show of this feast




Show 'Requiem' by Xpression 2010/2011
(15/08/10)

NEW SHOW 2010/2011

The staff of Xpression Winterguard (Hellemmes) has the pleasure to present the theme of their new show 2011: "Requiem - Claude Monet".

This new program, inspired on the beautifull painting of Claude Monet dating of 1916 : "Water Lilies", is created by Alliance Winterguard based in Colchester in England.

The show will be presented at the CGN competitions in the Netherlands and maybe in England. After the succes of last years program ("The forbidden Colour"), Xpression hasn’t changed their winning team of designers : Jason Hawke, Denni Hawke, Cheryl Gray & Helen Tomlin. They have gathered their talents to create a new production at the image of Xpression. These professionals were chosen in the objective to help our unit take the next step into the future. There is no doubt that Xpression will benefit from these instructors and of this new concept! Numerous camps have been organized to realize this program and color guards will work really hard.

Casting "France's got talent"- Lille (F)

CASTING - JULY 2010

6 color guards of Xpression were mobilized in July for the casting in Lille : "France's got talent". The last step of this TV production for our nation : we have a nice video of this experience. Two minutes were presented by our group who competed against many others artists coming from Belgium and France.

M6 (the channel), the last selection, decided to enclose this adventure. Victory was at hand. it's a shame ; maybe the next year...

A video is online with a small extract of these 2 minutes.




Holiday 2010
(15/07/10)

Season 2010 ! Urgent !

XPRESSION RESEARCHES
2 NEW COLOR GUARDS FOR
THE NEW WINTERGUARD
SEASON 2011
STRAIGHT AWAY !

Please, you can send a mail if you want to practise with our team : xpression@unikstar.com


UNIK STAR RESEARCHES
FOR THE DRUMLINE :
1 SNARE PLAYER
1 TENOR PLAYER
3 CYMBALS MUSICIANS
FOR THE FRONT ENSEMBLE :
1 ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN
1 KEYBOARD PLAYER

Please, you can send a mail if you want to perform with
our indoor percussion unit : contact@unikstar.com
or beutch19@hotmail.fr


TAKE YOUR CHANCE !!!




NEW MEDIAS (Facebook & Website)
(03/07/10)

SPECIAL EVENT : PARTY 2010 WITH UNIK STAR & XPRESSION
(click on this link and open the file)

SUMMER SEASON : Parades & Carnivals

We are pleased to inform you that you can find online new video and pictures on our website and our facebook page.

Several performances in France have already been done with much success and a very nice audience such as Parthenay, Issy les moulineaux, Moreuil, Arras, Mons en Baroeul for the Football World Cup 2010 & a Special Feast in Fauville en caux.

The rhythm will speed up for Unik Star (musicians) and Xpression (Color guards).

Many performances are scheduled in the agenda. Don’t hesitate to visit us in order ot share our mutual passion...

We wish you an excellent visit. Don’t hesitate to leave comments or messages on the forum. Have fun watching the new medias!

 

 




Arnaud Taton : New Instructor
(30/05/10)

- NEW PICTURES ONLINE (Click here) -

Unik Star & Xpression keep on growing and growing !
We are pleased to announce that Arnaud Taton is joining our Team as Instructor Front ensemble. Arnaud has been involved with Unik Star, Drumspirit and Blue Lions for many years and he take officially the job of Jérôme CAPOEN (instructor during 6 years). He played in a Music High School in France and joined the keyboard line of Unik Star in 2008 with a special position of "Marimba Center". His experience and capacity are essential in the front ensemble and objectives for 2011 are important.

"He Also was a excellent leader during 2 years and I am very excited to have Arnaud in our music Team ; He is young and has a lot of dreams and ambitions. We now have Arnaud Taton and Pierre Lignée (consultant) to write, create and develop the section. They will be a very good combinaison. Together with the musicians from Unik Star, they are aiming for the next logical step into the future", said Jérôme Capoen. Jerome remains in the staff team (Public Relation & Financial assistant), and thanks all old front ensemble members since 2004.


SEBA STORY !!! Push Baby ;-)

Other evolution for Xpression Winterguard, Sébà Flohart will be in a new project, always in our unit and Mélanie Leleu and Coralie Sueur get instructors. All guards thanks Sébà, for his generosity and his help : a GREAT Job !
 




Recruitment
(03/05/10)

You are looking for a serious group of percussion or color guard in the Lille area ?
>>> We recruit for Unik Star & Xpression !!!

Unik Star plans to do Indoor Percussion competitions in 2011 as well as carnivals, fetes, parades, and exhibitions. The unit will be performing in several events in France and Belgium. Our instructors offers complete tuition in music theory, practical playing, marching as well as supplying instruments and uniform. During the summer season, Rehearsals initially will be Tuesday Evenings 6.30 PM until 8.00 PM and Saturdays (2 rehearsals by month).

Rehearsals will take place at the Duquesnoy Gymnasium in Hellemmes. Supported by Vancore and Vic Firth, Unik Star will start a new great production in September in order to take the next step with new american arrangers.

For more information, please call the staff, Benoit Sueur beutch19@hotmail.fr. You can also contact via contact@unikstar.com and Come live the Indoor Percussion and Winter guard adventure with us !!!

UNIK STAR 2010

UNIK STAR 2009 




FINALS IPE & WGUK in England
(08/04/10)



UNIK STAR : 3RD PLACE - 86,15 PTS !!!
ALIVE : PUSH THE BEAT
Performance at IPE Championships (04/04/10)
In exhibition at WGUK Championships (03/04/10)

Championships IPE - CRAWLEY (UK)
SCORES - IMP CLASS Prelims
1/Vintage (UK): 85.75 pts
2/DrumSpirit (B): 84.85 pts
3/Unik Star (Fra): 82.70 pts
4/GOT Motion (Swe): 79.85 pts
5/Alliance (UK): 73.40 pts

SCORES - IMP CLASS Finals
1/Vintage (UK): 89.05 pts
2/DrumSpirit (B): 88.75 pts
3/Unik Star (Fra): 86.15 pts
4/GOT Motion (Swe): 82.40 pts
5/Alliance (UK): 74.90 pts

For this new edition 2010 in England, IPE is presented 11 units of 5 different countries! Over 500 Indoor Percussion fans were able to enjoy top percussion on Sunday April 4th during the third edition of the IPE European Championships in Crawley (UK). In the "K2 Arena", Unik Star has presented a fantastic and original Ensemble and a top notch performance with the production ALIVE ! Huge standing ovations from our guards, our fans, our friends that had come to Crawley.

Clark Gardner, our american instructor and Christophe Houard, was present for this event and the Staff wants to thank all actors who have contributed to the tremendous growth we’ve experienced with the show (a big and fabulous adventure) : Benoit Sueur, David Lemant, Pierre Lignée, Eric Sueur, Ludovic Sueur, Arnaud Taton, Jérôme Capoen, Christophe Houard, Clark Gardner, Tony Nunez and Kevin Shah for their job and participation in this production.

Concerning the championships, our friends Drumline New Generation from Belgium were the masters in the European Marching Class. With a score of 75.80 they blew away the competition. they won over New Spirit and Symphonic (2 french units).

In our International Marching Class, five strong units competed: Vintage (UK), DrumSpirit (B), Unik Star (FRA), GOT MOTION (SWE) and Alliance (UK). Vintage topped the International Marching Class with 89.05 points. DrumSpirit took silver and Unik Star took the bronze. GOT Motion ended in fourth place and Alliance ended fifth.

All members are very proud of their new accomplishment.

Unik Star thanks WGUK ; our group has performed in exhibition with a lot of pleasures during the english color guard circuit the Saturday 3rd April !

The summer season is now launched at Unik Star with the street parades !!! See you soon for coming adventures !!



XPRESSION : 5TH PLACE - 78,1 PTS !!!
THE FORBIDDEN COLOUR
Performance at WGUK Championships (03/04/10)

Championships WGUK - BRENTWOOD (UK)
SCORES - A CLASS
1/Southern Knights: 88.8 pts
2/Anchormen: 83.1 pts
3/Avengers: 83.0 pts
4/Reflexions Academy: 80.9 pts
5/Xpression: 78.1 pts
6/Guardsmen: 76.6 pts
7/Harmony: 75.6 pts (execo)
8/Mayflower: 75.6 pts (execo)
9/Moonlight: 68.2 pts
10/Pegasus: 66.3 pts

It is with much pleasure that Xpression Performance Ensemble went for the first time in Brentwood (UK) for the first BIG English Championships. After 2 english contests (in Crawley and Colchester), the show was ready and 10 groups competed in "A Class". Xpression was successful for its third performance in England with a 5th place and a total score of 78.1 points !

Lots of pleasure for the guard team who gave their maximum ! Much applause from the audience at the climax of the program. All the staff would like to thank the color guards and their instructors ALLIANCE WINTERGUARD (Denni, Helen,  Cheryl and Jason) who have created and participated in this success production ! Happiness and satisfaction for this winter season !!! Members have enthusiastically exchanged experiences with english guards at WGUK circuit and thanks to Alan Thompson and Mark Gutteridge (Staff WGUK - MPA UK) for their help and their fabulous organisation.




WGI Percussion in Goes (NL)
(10/03/10)


CONTEST WGI EUROPEAN REGIONAL - GOES (NL)

Independent A-Class Prelims - Indoor Percussion
1/ 79,80 Vintage (UK)
2/ 77.35 Percussion Unlimited (NL)
3/ 75.85 Jubal Indoor Percussion (NL)
4/ 74.75 Unik Star (FR)
5/ 73.90 European X (NL)
6/ 69.95 Advendo (NL)
7/ 68.10 Alliance (UK)

Independent A-Class Finals - Indoor Percussion
1/ 81.70 Jubal (NL)
2/ 80.85 European X (NL)
3/ 80.55 Vintage (UK)
4/ 79.20 Percussion Unlimited (NL)
5/ 77.75 Unik Star (FR)
6/ 68.55 Advendo (NL)
7/ 68.20 Alliance (UK)

CONTEST IPE INDOOR PERCUSSION - ESTAIMPUIS (BE)

International Marching Class
1/ 79.7 Jubal Indoor Percussion (NL)
2/ 75.0 Vintage (UK)
3/ 74.6 Unik Star (FR)
4/ 65.1 Alliance (UK)



 



ALIVE : 2 CONTESTS !!!
6TH AND 7TH MARCH 2010

The last week, the musicians of Unik Star gathered to play in Estaimpuis for IPE (BE) and in Goes (NL) for the special contest WGI European Regional.

This week end was a long and amazing adventure with our unit ; it was bitterly cold but much pleasure for the members who give their maximum. 3 performances with a great deal of enthusiasms  in 2 days only and the first presentation of our new indoor percussion production 2010 "ALIVE", gathered a very large and cheerful audience.

Many prestigious members and groups was on the floor for this new winter season ( Jubal, Juliana, Beatrix, 37th Kingswood,...).

On timing was very important for this week end, and our 30 musicians have demonstrated once again their talents and their capacities.

The show was a complet success and a very good experience. Happiness and satisfaction for the beginning of this winter season !

All scores are on the left...

>>> See the slideshow of WGI Europe

>>> See the video of WGI Europe

>>> See the slideshow of IPE Contest

>>> See the video of IPE Contest

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XPRESSION : 1st Place in Estaimpuis
Xpression wins the first place with 68,0 points at the first competition 'Color Guard France' in Estaimpuis in Belgium. Our team has performed Sunday 7th March during the morning and there was 6 french groups in this new contest : Les Maëlynes, Millenium colors, Imagin' and Imagin' Cadet, Les Atomics.

Final contest : 28th March in Dadizele

>>>
See the slideshow of this contest
 




WGI Color guard & Try out Percussion
(28/02/10)


Xpression and its team arrived in Drachten (NL) around 10:30pm for the opening of the doors, the 27th February 2010. For its second participation at the WGI Regional in A-Class (the first time in 2008 with the production "Behind the Magic Door), Xpression presented its show designed by ALLIANCE Winterguard (UK).
Stress and anxiety could be seen on all the faces but Xpression has shown much tenacity and has imposed its original program.
It is with a score of 70,9 points that the group won second  place in the Round #2 in the morning and has been promoted to the final (19 groups are in the competition and only 10 integrated the final part). The afternoon,
The competition continues and all the members defended their programs. it is with a nice white layering at the end of the program that the audience have enjoyed the color guards on the music of "The Village". They received a score of 69.0 points and a 5th place in the finalist. We wish them the very best for the WGUK finals on April 6th in Brentwood and the color guard france circuit in March !
A slide show showing the emotion of this real success has been put on line - CLICK ON THIS LINK !

YOUTUBE - VIDEO TRY-OUT & REHEARSAL 2010
ALIVE - Push the beat


We will have weeks and weeks of value from this exciting and dynamic work, as it will be performed time and time again. The new production turned out to be wildly successful for our group. The first performance with more 100 persons was so successful, we were invited to perform it again and again. Now, Unik Star are ready and our friends, our staff and our guards want us to know that they are behind us ! So, our Try-out was perfect this 28th February and we thank the audience and our friends DNG from Belgium for their coming !

INDEPENDENT A CLASS FINALS

79.6 (0,0) Starriders
77.5 (0,0) The Pride
72.0 (0,0) CMH Menaldum
70.1 (0,0) Dynamix
69.0 (0,0) Xpression
68.6 (0,0) 2Xtreme
67.1 (0,0) Intension
66.7 (0,0) Future Blaze
66.2 (0,0) D-Zire
65.2 (0,0) Impact A

INDEPENDENT A CLASS PRELIMS
* = advanced to finals

ROUND 2
76.0 (0,0) The Pride A *
70.9 (0,0) Xpression *
68.5 (0,0) 2Xtreme *
66.7 (0,0) Dynamix *
64.4 (0,0) Intension *
54.4 (0,0) U-niQue
52.5 (0,0) Hollandia
51.5 (0,0) Serenity
51.1 (0,0) Inspiration

ROUND 1
76.7 (0,0) Starriders *
68.8 (0,0) CMH Menaldum *
66.6 (0,0) D-Zire *
64.5 (0,0) Future Blaze *
64.3 (0,0) Impact *
55.4 (0,0) Euphonia
55.3 (0,0) Concordia
54.2 (0,0) Jong Impact
50.7 (0,0) Imagin'
50.5 (0,0) Volonte


 




BIG Week-End in February
(22/02/10)

13 & 14 FEBRUARY 2010 !!!
The entire team of Xpression & Unik Star, color guards and musicians, were mobilized the entire week-end of February 13th and 14st. It is with much emotion and pleasure that we went in England and in Belgium for 2 contests.

Unik Star performed for the first "Kick Off IPE" with several musicians : the Individual and Ensemble competition at IPE in Dadizele (about 30 kms from Hellemmes). Seven programs were presented by our group and our first junior ensemble was in the competition. Our young musicians showed much technic, originality and excellence. More informations on www.indoorpercussioneurope.org

For Xpression, color guards made great progression over the last weeks with the help of instructors. The new contest was a fabulous new experience ; our guards took and saved the second place with a very good score at the WGUK contest and a beautiful performance in Colchester. The team is proud of this result : 72.6 points !

New pictures and videos are online on the website (MEDIAS).

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NEW PRODUCTION INDOOR PERCUSSION 2010
TRY OUT ALIVE : PUSH THE BEAT for the first time ! 28 February - 19h (Participation : 1 euro)
Salle des Provinces Multisports - rue du Languedoc
59370 MONS EN BAROEUL (France)





PRODUCTION INDOOR PERCUSSION 2010
(12/02/10)

ALIVE 2010 !!!
Our instructors have the pleasure to inform you of our new production. The 2010 programme for our percussion unit is "Alive".

The show will use ideas and music inspired by the life and emotions. We will perform music from popular and contrasting genres. Enhancing the dynamics of the production with rhythm, energy and tempo, Unik Star will produce a fast paced, high energy illustration and scores that will elevate our corps to the next level.

This year, the opportunities available to our development has been immense. The group has worked with Tony Nunez, Kevin Shah and Clark Gardner during several weeks. During this new season 2010, musicians will be performing at IPE and WGI regional shows.

Our team 2010 (Concept by David Lemant & Benoit Sueur) :
Music Designer : Pierre Lignée, Kevin Shah, David Lemant
Visual & Drill Designer : Tony Nunez, Kevin Shah, Benoit Sueur
Teaching and arrangments by David Lemant, Benoit Sueur, Arnaud Taton, Jerome Capoen
Music consulting : Clark Gardner
Unik Star Equipments : Vancore Percussion Instruments, VicFirth, Evans Drumhead, Zildjian, M-Audio & Apple

Alive is Amazing and very fun !




Xpression : 2nd Place in Crawley
(04/02/10)

2nd Place for Xpression at WGUK (Crawley)
The second contest of WGUK 2010 season on Sunday 31st January in Crawley was a great success ! For the first time WGUK welcomed a French Guard into competition ; a new strategy because Xpression has participed during 5 seasons at the nederland championship CGN. Meeting was set at 3am for all the members and the followers. The majority of the equipments loaded in the bus under the direction of instructors. The remaining items (uniforms, make-up, shoes,...) were loaded on a beautifull bus TRANSIBUS and then 2 drivers hit the road for the boat and after in Crawley (South of England).


8am, our team has discover The K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley - a fabulous location with a lot of activities (tennis, swimming pool, musculation, fitness,...) and a small bar/restaurant. Xpression goes directly to the dressing room as the doors open to get ready and practise during 1 hour in 2 differents rooms. The color guards enter on the floor around 14:10am and the nice music of "The Village" can be heard. The audience is really reagent and generous ! A nice energy, movements executed with a lot of qualities ! The color guards leave the floor with a happy face, they have succeeded in the execution of their program.
For this first contest in England for Xpression Performance Ensemble, our guards took the second place with a good score. Mayflower took top honours in the Open Class with Southern Knights taking A Class, Junior Class and Cadet Class.

The team is proud of this result, and this day was amazing ! Ambiance, Positive Energy and Good performance of "The Forbidden Colour"! Members have enthusiastically exchanged experiences with english guards ; the vision is completly different and the contest was original and fun (no stress between performances). The A Class scores of this event are below with total recaps available on http://www.wguk.org.uk/wgcontests/results.html

SCORES A CLASS
1/Southern Knights: 71.9 pts
2/Xpression: 64.3 pts
3/Guardsmen: 62.4 pts
4/Mayflower: 59.1 pts
5/Reflexions Academy: 59.0 pts
6/Moonlight: 49.4 pts

>>> See the slide show of this contest
>>>
See the video of this contest




TOP DEPART 2010
(27/01/10)

I&E IPE 2010 : Unik Star in Force !!!
With 7 I&E performers registered, the IPE KICK OFF is going to be a important date for our group! Performers from England, France, Belgium and the United States will showcase their talents on Saturday February 13th. And our staff is proud to be in Dadizele (B) for this true percussion event.

Our Individuals & Ensembles IPE performers 2010 :

Individual Tenor (Open) : Ludovic Sueur
Individual Clavier (Open) : Georges Lecomte
Individual Snare (Open) : David Lemant
Individual Clavier (Cadet) : Adeline Bevernage
Individual Snare (Cadet) : Romain Devocelle
Individual Snare (Cadet) : Logan Alberdienst
Ensemble Percussion (Cadet) : For the first time, Unik Star Junior (Drumline) enters on the field with 5 musicians !

>>> See the slide show of the I&E rehearsal of January


Xpression 2010 : 1st contest at WGUK
In preparation for their first english winter season, Xpression Performance Ensemble will present his original program in Crawley, On Sunday January 31th. Members and Staff are working very hard to prepare "The forbidden Colour" (Created by Alliance Winterguard) and they are very excited to enter the WGUK Competition. A new english experience for our team... The Winter Guard United Kingdom season has started the Sunday January 17th and 27 winter guards has performed in Cannock. For Crawley, 6 A-Class groups have registered : Moonlight, Reflexions Academy, Mayflower, Guardsmen, Southern Knights and Xpression.

Xpression is the only foreign group at this english circuit this year.
Good luck for the beginning !




Happy New Year 2010
(03/01/10)

All at Unik Star & Xpression would like to wish all the members, relations and visitors a Marvellous New Year 2010 ! The Staff wants to thank all our members who have contributed to the tremendous growth we’ve experienced !

NEW OPPORTUNITY !
A good musical education is vital for the development of Unik Star. With this in mind the Unik Star are offering FREE music lessons run by a qualified music internal instructor! Benoit Sueur is given the opportunity to try out a  variety of instruments and learn important key musical skills through playing traditionnal musical exercices. Everyone is welcome !

Sessions happen every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm (Centre Gustave Engrand - 208, rue Faidherbe in Hellemmes) and are completely FREE ! Contact Unik Star Staff Percussion Benoit Sueur for information : beutch19@hotmail.fr


YOUTUBE - VIDEOS




Production '10 Indoor Percussion - Suspense




December 2009
(20/12/09)

The American instructors Tony Nunez and Kevin Shah have temporarily joined the staff of Unik Star Percussion Ensemble in december. The group is also exploring a new adventure with teaching methods and many visual rehearsals are on the Schedule with this new coming. The staff is very proud to announce and welcome two american professionals : "The progress they have made in the last five years has been amazing and everyone will receive  a great experience with a special training and a new artistic" said Sandy Sueur - President.





YOUTUBE - VIDEOS


Production '10 Indoor Percussion - Suspense


 

Benoit & David with Senators D&B Corps (UK)



IPE 2009 - Pinball in Final




2010 - Informations
(27/11/09)


XPRESSION 2010


(Thank you Mambofred for this video)

Denni Hawke and Helen Tomlin will come for 2 days in Hellemmes.  After teaching the production “The Forbidden Colour” using music from the move “The Village” in september and october, Denni and Helen will come in France the 4th and 5th december. Denni Hawke said that this 2 days schedule will be extremely tough for the guard team. This 3nd trip is a new challenge for this team. The program is really fabulous and with 6 contests in Europe, our staff want to have the best result for this new season Winterguard.

CONTEST SCHEDULE 2010 :
31 January 2010 - Contest WGUK (Crawley - UK)
14 February 2010 - Contest WGUK (Colchester - UK)
27 February 2010 - WGI Regional (Drachten - NL)
07 March 2010 - Contest Color guard (Estaimpuis - BE)
28 March 2010 - Championships Color guard ( ?? - F)
3 April 2010 - Championships WGUK (Brentwood - UK)

NEW STAFF BOARD
Sandy Sueur, an old alumni member of Xpression Performance Ensemble, has been elected as President in November. A new staff board, with many capacities and more younger, has been elected. You can find all informations on the Staff page. Sébastien Bévernage and Jérôme Capoen (Webmasters and communication coordinators) congratulates you for this new nomination. 


UNIK STAR 2010

Unik Star will announce his program only in February 2010 and the group plays the Secret !!!  The program, written by Pierre Lignée, Benoit Sueur and David Lemant, will be very qualitative and the staff wants to creates a special BIG effect and to keeps suspense for this production. Unik Star is exploring a new adventure with teaching methods, and a lot of rehearsals are on the schedule 2009.

Unik Star will participate at the WGI Regional in Goes (NL) and at the IPE Circuit. Everyone are really excited and prepare the new indoor percussion season 2010.

In preparation for this new show, the staff has invested in the arrival of 3 american instructors
(thanks to Christophe Houard for your help) ; after the coming of Clark Gardner during 3 weeks on October/November, Tony Nunez and Kevin Shah will arrive in France in December and the team will work the music and the drill.


>>> Biography : Tony Nunez
>>> Biography : Kevin Shah

We wish you a nice visit !!!




Open House 2009 - Results
(30/10/09)


The EIAA Organisation and french Unik Star instructors received during its annual clinics for this new edition, many persons from France and Belgium, this Sunday 25th October. 105 musicians and color guards participates for the edition "Open House  EIAA & Unik Star / Xpression" in Hellemmes : a fabulous success. The event take place in indoor and outdoor with 6 differents groups with a record for registrations. Clark Gardner, living in Los Angeles, American Clinician and external instructor for Unik Star, has worked with all drumline sections. Seba Flohart enlivened a Masterclass during the lunch with differents equipments : Saber, rifle, flag and Air Blade.

On the second part (in the afternoon), Unik Star Percussion Ensemble and Xpression Performance Ensemble have presented a lot of programs (individuals and ensembles) including advanced marimba and vibraphone creation (a ballade by Arnaud Taton). 16 juniors performed for around 300 visitors. Unik Star played the first piece that new show 2010 with a electronic presentation. Xpression has present a exceptionnal demonstration with the new winter program : "The Forbidden Color" created by Alliance (UK). David Lemant (Vancore Ambassador in Europe) gave a performance with a new snare for the end. Unik Star would like to thank Vic Firth, Vancore, EIAA, Rapid'flore, Fam'us (sponsors) for their support and presents of these events.

>>> See the slideshow
>>> See the junior video
>>> See all Unik Star & Xpression sections

>>> See the article




101 Registrations : Open House 2009
(19/10/09)



OPEN HOUSE 2009 WITH EIAA
Last article before the special Open House organised by our group and the organisation E.I.A.A (European Indoor Art Alliance).
We have the pleasure to discover you a lot of new elements : New DVD (5 euros during the event), the new facebook access, new logo and new design for the website.
By clicking on the poster you will have direct access to the complete programme of Open Doors Day of 25th October 2009 in Hellemmes.

101 REGISTRATIONS !




Alliance & Xpression : 2nd Clinic
(08/10/09)


BENOIT & DAVID : DCE 2009
David Lemant and Benoit Sueur took the field this 26th September 2009 for the DCE European Championships in Kerkrade - The Netherlands. Our members liked this experiment and our staff congratulate their performance in the drumline section. The Senators ended in third place with a difference of nearly 1,60 Pts ahead of the winner Jubal D&B Corps.
1 - 90.15 - Jubal
2 - 89.40 - Kidsgrove Scouts
3 - 88.55 - Senators
4 - 85.30 - Juliana
5 - 84.00 - Northern Star
6 - 82.65 - Beatrix
7 - 74.05 - Millennium
8 - 72.80 - Poynton Commodores
9 - 70.65 - Starriders
10 - 68.35 - Black Knights


XPRESSION & ALLIANCE : 2nd Clinic
Our Staff is pleased to announce the return of Alliance Winterguard for a second color guard clinic. Jason Hawke, Denni Hawke, Helen Tomlin and Cheryl Gray came to Hellemmes in October and they finished the new color guard show 2010 with this second coming. Alliance team sets ambitious objectives and Xpression has worked hard to grow to higher performance and artistic level.

On timing was very important for this week (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and the weekend was extremely intensive. Our new english friends has written a exceptionnal concept and a very nice visual show.

Online on our website, a video !

>>> See the video


JOURNEE PORTES OUVERTES WITH EIAA : EDITION 2009
By clicking on the poster you will have direct access to the complete programme of Open Doors Day of 25th October 2009, with the partnership of the new European Federation EIAA (registrations to work placements, full programmes, foreign instructors, and fees).
57 REGISTRATIONS




Alliance & Xpression : 1st Clinic
(23/09/09)


BENOIT & DAVID : DCE 2009
Two French musicians are joining for this summer season "The Senators Drum & Bugle Corps" in England. David Lemant and Benoit Sueur march in the drumline (David march snare, and Benoit is be part of the tenor line). Last weekend they had their first final championships DCUK  in Mansfield with the 2nd Place. Saturday, David and Benoit will participate at the DCE Championships in Kerkrade.

"The group wishs you a very Good Moment on the field and the best success for this special event !"


XPRESSION & ALLIANCE : 1st Clinic
Alliance Winterguard staff members Jason Hawke, Denni Hawke and Helen Tomlin came to Hellemmes in- France for the first Xpression Performance Ensemble clinics in September. The Xpression staff hired this team for its new 2010 winter programme.

During three days last weekend, the members learned 2 minutes and 40 seconds of the new production 'The Forbidden Colour', using music from the movie 'The Village'.

The weekend was extremely intensive and Everyone really worked hard for this new challenge.

The next clinic is scheduled for the first weekend in October.

Online on our website, a new slideshow with 35 pictures.

>>> See the slideshow


JOURNEE PORTES OUVERTES WITH EIAA : EDITION 2009
By clicking on the poster you will have direct access to the complete programme of Open Doors Day of 25th October 2009, with the partnership of the new European Federation EIAA (registrations to work placements, full programmes, foreign instructors, and fees).
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OPEN HOUSE 2009 with Clark Gardner
(06/09/09)


OPEN HOUSE WITH EIAA
EDITION 2009

By clicking on the poster you will have direct access to the complete programme of Open Doors Day of 25th October 2009, with the partnership of the new European Federation EIAA (registrations to work placements, full programmes, foreign instructors, and fees).

PARADES IN AUGUST
22th & 23th August 2009 : Our formation took part in the local fair of "Commentry" located in France. A very good sunny day during 2 days with all Unik Star's members and a french article online.
>>> See the article
30th August 2009
: With the group "Blue Angels", the color guards and musicians of Unik Star gathered to play in the streets of Taissy for a small carnival. A great success for our group who gathered several hundreds people during this evening event. In conclusion a month full of parades and work for the members.
>>> See the slideshow


CLARK IN FRANCE !!!


Our Staff is pleased to announce the return of CLARK GARDNER (American Instructor) during 3 weeks ; He will be in Hellemmes from October 23th till November 15th. Clark was part of the music consulting team for Unik Star in 2008 and 2009 and will be coming back to work in priority with the cymbal line and the music ensemble. This consultant has much experience within Drum Corps teaching and marching with Corps like The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets and involved in multiply musical experiments ; He is endorsed by Zildjian, Pearl, Adams Percussion and Pro-Mark.

All Unik Star staff are really exciting. Every year, our team sets ambitious objectives and we work hard to grow to higher organisational and artistic level. Clark will be percussion clinician for the EIAA special Open House 2009 in tenor and bass drum category.

The Staff wants to thank Clark Gardner and Christophe Houard in advance for this fabulous opportunities.




The Forbidden Colour - Xpression 2010
(17/08/09)

Xpression becomes Xpression Performance Ensemble
The entire team of our organisation has the pleasure to inform you of its new denomination and a new logo. After several year under the name of Xpression, our group of color guards becomes Xpression with the addition "Performance Ensemble" (more in adequacy with the winterguard movement very popular in the United States). In the same time, Xpression Performance Ensemble is pleased to present the theme of the show for the 2010 winterguard season : The forbidden colour. A new instruction & design team for this new challenge ! The staff called on a expert english unit for this new program (create by Alliance Winterguard based in Colchester in England). Jason and Denni Hawke has build this concept with all equipements, flags, uniforms and a fabulous music for a new advance program and a exclusive conception ! Xpression will have a first camp on September 04th, 05th and 06th and a second in october with his new english instructors !!! Xpression will perform this show in England and in the Netherlands. Here is a short presentation of these 6 foreign instructors :

Jason Hawke - Show Design and Coordinator

Winterguard Experience
2000 – 2003 : Golden Garrison Open Class WGUK
2003 – Present : Alliance Open/A Class - WGUK/CGN

Drum Corps Experience
Jason has marched, taught and judged at all levels within DCUK,DCE and BYBA since 1988.

Denni Hawke - Equipment - Saber and Movement Design

Winterguard Experience
2002 : Marxmen A Class WGUK
2003 – Present : Alliance Open/A Class WGUK/CGN

Drum Corps Experience
Denni has also marched/taught and judged at all levels within DCUK and BYBA since 1994.


Erin Murphy - Equipment - Flag

Winterguard Experience
Erin first took the floor in 2002 with Marxmen. She was one of the founder members of Alliance and has been the guard captain of both the 2005 A Class Champions and the Open guard from 2006 until 2008. Erin has a vast amount of experience of performing and teaching and her skill with a flag is of the highest standard.

Drum Corps Experience
Erin was also a member of the Black Knights colourguard from 2004 till 2007 who competed in DCUK/DCE and BYBA.


Helen Tomlin
- Equipment - Rifle

Winterguard Experience
Helen also has a vast amount of experience with winterguard  including marching with Southern Knights Open in 2003 and was a member of Alliance Open guard 2008 as well as a part of the 2009 A guard staff.


Frankie Armstrong - Equipment - Rifle

Winterguard Experience
Frankie became a member of Alliance at the end of 2005 and was with us until 2007 before his career took him away from us, until earlier this year when he has now joined the Alliance staff team again helping in the development of Alliance leading into the 2010 winterguard season.

Drum Corps Experience
Frankie has marched with several top corps over the years including Encore 2002-2004 and Black Knights 2006/2007 both corps competed within DCUK/DCE and BYBA.


Jessica Chapman
- Movement and dance

Winterguard Experience
Jessica started her marching career with Alliance in 2006 starting out a member of the A Class guard Jess soon made the step up to the saber line of the Open guard in 2008. Jess has recently been accepted into 3 of the top university’s in the UK to take her degree in dance and performing arts.




Holiday
(06/07/09)

Ask your book and Join Us !!!

All instructors and clinicians have organised 2 dates (2 auditions) for  this new season 2010 with 2 books :
- 16th August : Drumline Audition
- 6th September : Keyboard Audition
Anyone who is interested in joining the drumline or the front ensemble is requested to send an email to webmaster@unikstar.com, for more informations and registration.

All instructors prepare the numerous projects and a very nice indoor percussion program. We are looking for the best musicians for 2010 ! Our group (all sections) will start the rehearsals after the drumline audition. The entire staff of Unik Star would like to wish you a good luck for this particular date.

 

 





Junior Party 2009
(20/06/09)


Juniors perform a demonstration in the street !

Our webmasters have announced their demonstration in the agenda since 3 weeks : a special Event in june for the junior class ! This saturday 13th june, all young members (musicians and color guards) presented a special Show during the street market in Hellemmes (F). Musical selections in the program include individuals and Ensembles (drumline and keyboard) ; for our young color guards, a performance with the first dance movements of their winter program 2010.

Since 2007, all members practise very hardly and progress now ! With more than 15 members, Unik Star is proud of this section and prepare the future. The staff has developped a lot of events with young musicians and color guards this summer.

The next achievement for the staff and juniors : Recruitment, Travel & Animation in France

A retrospection of this special event is online on your website.

>>> See the pictures of the Street Market

>>> See the video "individuals and ensembles" programs of the Color Guards and musicians juniors.

BONUS / NEW VIDEO ONLINE : Carnival - Lomme 2009 !

>>> See this new video (musicians and color guards in this parade)




Streets & Parades 2009
(27/05/09)


SAISON INDOOR PERCUSSION 2010


You are looking for a serious group of percussion or color guard in the Lille area ?

Please note that our team is actively searching for new members to prepare the new season 2008/2009.
We offer to train you and to evaluate your competencies and technical level to enter our sections.
Beginners are welcome in many sections and you will have a warm welcome from the members and the staff.

Come live the Indoor Percussion and Winter guard adventure with us !!! Dare doing it !!!


ON THE ROAD - SUMMER SEASON 2009


The last week, the color guards and musicians of Unik Star gathered to play in the streets of Berlaimont for the « Bouzouc Feast » ! This second performance of May was a long and hard parade with the Corps and crowd taking shelter from the rain.

Thursday saw the corps traveling to La Bassée, where they did one ENORMOUS parade with a lot of units and floats.

Saturday, A Night carnival near to PARIS and Sunday was a more traditionnal day with a street animation in Isbergues (with a short travel).

4 Parades, in 2 weeks only, gathered a very large and cheerful audience.

On timing was very important for this week, and all musicians and color guards have demonstrated once again their talents and their capacities.

A photo report and a video are available on your website !

>>> See the slideshow of Berlaimont
>>> See the video of La Bassée
>>> See the slideshow of St Cheron




New summer season 2009 : The beginning
(10/05/09)

UNIK STAR - SLIDE SHOW - IPE ROSELEARE
(Thank you JM for your precious new pictures)

The musicians and color guards is working hard to prepare a lot of feasts and parades for this 2009 summer season (See the slideshow: Xpression All-Ages),
Our group (color guards and musicians) gathered to play in the streets of ABSCON for the first street of may with a lot of new members. For this event, the webmasters have put on line 1 new slideshow (in MEDIAS/PICTURES) of the beginning of this summer season which is very promising. The rhythm will speed up for Unik Star and many performances are scheduled in the agenda. Don’t hesitate to visit this page !

You can find in the "Staff" page under THE GROUP, informations including several new nominations in the board and our organisation.




IPE 2009 : International Class
(15/04/09)


UNIK STAR - VICE CHAMPION IPE 2009
(International Class)


Meeting was set at 7am on sunday April 05th for all the members and the followers. The majority of the instruments were loaded the night before in a 30 m3 truck under the direction of Eric Sueur and Sébastien Bevernage. The remaining instruments were loaded in the morning on a other small truck. Our driver hits the road for Roselaere in Belgium for the IPE Championships (the last contest of this season).

The 23 musicians receive the program for the day and goes directly to the dressing room as the doors open to get ready.

The program of this season is a real challenge for our group ; Our goal for this day was to be noticed for our 2nd year.

In our Class, three strong units competed: Percussion Unlimited (Netherlands), DrumSpirit (Belgium) and Unik Star (France). We won the Prelims, but in Finals, Percussion Unlimited topped the International Marching Class, and our unit ended in second place.

The staff, The Audience, North Coast Academy and groups agree in saying, even before having the results, that it is a success, a fabulous program and a very nice performance !!!

Beyond the points, a great satisfaction and a feeling of success !

SCORES - INTERNATIONAL MARCHING CLASS: Prelims
1 - 84.7 Unik Star (FR)
2 - 83.4 Percussion Unlimited (NL)
3 - 80.8 DrumSpirit (B)

SCORES - INTERNATIONAL MARCHING CLASS: Finals
1 - 86.5 Percussion Unlimited (Ned)
2 - 84.1 Unik Star (Fra)
3 - 82.8 DrumSpirit (B)

For this occasion, we have prepared a new video and a new slide show.

>>> See the video (6 min 03)

>>> See the slide show

After this success, let's go forward with new projects...













Finals in Eindhoven (CGN)
(31/03/09)


CGN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN EINDHOVEN (NL) !

All the members (color guards & musicians) keep in mind this date at the CGN Championships 2009 in Holland this Saturday 28th March.

For Xpression Winterguard, this final contest was the best score since 5 year in the A-Class : 70,7 points ! A Top score for this fabulous program with only 7 color guards !
A nice energy for this final contest, movements executed much better than in the last contests, more dynamic and a nice score in the "Equipment" section ! Color Guards have succeeded in the execution of this program and have a BIG satisfaction feeling for this new year !

For Unik Star Percussion Ensemble, despite the absence of Mika due to medical reasons, The team has doing only the prelims selection. Disappointed by their performance, the members has performed with a big problem with the floor (very large for the area with no place for the front ensemble : a unconfortable situation ; we have placed the front ensemble on the floor and on a other position). For this reason, the drill was very difficult (no synthetiser, no sonorisation, no micro), a lot stress and much penalitys points ! All musicians and the staff wish the best for the IPE final in Roselaere (BE) with Drumspirit and Percussion Unlimited (and we are sure with a good condition)

All scores and informations on the CGN website : www.colorguard.org


UPDATE : MEDIAS

For this special final contest in Eindhoven (NL), the webmasters have put on line 2 videos of the ending of this winterguard season which is very promising.

We wish you an excellent visit. Don’t hesitate to leave comments or messages on the forum. Have fun watching the new medias!

We would like to thank Didier, Marie & Adeline for the many pictures and videos for the conception of this update.

>>> See the last video of "The Difference" in Eindhoven by the team Xpression

>>> See a small extract of the Special Pinball Theme in Eindhoven by Unik Star




CHAMPION IPE CONTEST ESTAIMPUIS '09
(09/03/09)

 

 

 

 

IPE CONTEST IN BELGIUM FOR UNIK STAR :

It is with much pleasure that Unik Star Percussion Ensemble went for the first time in Estaimpuis (BE) for the first contest of this new season. The rehearsal pace has of course grown and the programm was ready for this first contest. 2 groups in "International Class" : Unik Star & Drumspirit.
UNIK STAR was successful for its first performance with a 1st place and a total score of 72.3 points ! Lots of pleasure for the percusionnists who gave their maximum ! Much applause from the audience at the climax of the program.
The season '09 is launched...

SCORES INTERNATIONAL CLASS - ESTAIMPUIS (08/03/09)
1. 72,3 Pts Unik Star
2. 68,0 Pts Drumspiri
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>>> See an extract of "PINBALL : The lure of the silver ball" in Estaimpuis
>>>
See the video of the Unik Star camp of February 2009

 

XPRESSION IN GOES (NL) :

Xpression and its team arrived in Goes (NL) around 3:00pm. For its third participation at the CGN circuit 2009 in A-Class, it is with a score of 66.1 points that the group won 4th place in this category.
Some modifications have been included in "The Difference" and we wish them the very best and a good score for the CGN finals on March !
All the staff would like to thank the color guards and their instructors (came this 22nd February for the last clinic of this program) who have participated in the conception of this great program !
Last stop for Xpression : CGN Finals in Eindhoven (NL).

SCORES A-CLASS - GOES (28/02/09)
1. 72.0 pts Alliance
2. 69.4 pts Jong Leven
3. 69.0 pts Vintage
4. 66.1 pts Xpression

>>> See the slide show of this contest
 




Training
(06/02/09)

 

 

 

 
















 

 


Two musicians join "The Senators"

Benoit Sueur and David Lemant will join The Senators Drum & Bugle Corps (Eastleigh, England) for the 2009 season.

They will both march in the drumline of the DCE 2007 and 2008 European Champions.

David will march snare, and Benoit will be part of the tenor line. David and Benoit will remain active members of Unik Star, as Unik Star is a winter drumline, while The Senators focus on the summer season. The Staff is proud of this announcement !

CONGRATULATION for this action !



 

 




Xpression in Aalsmeer & Waalwijk
(20/01/09)

 

 

 

 


XPRESSION PRESENTED ITS NEW PROGRAM...

Our color guards presented their new program Winterguard in Aalsmeer (NL) and Waalwijk (NL) with very good scores. Medias were put on the website to discover the Xpression's new realisation. Here are the scores of the 2 competitions :

SCORES A-CLASS - WAALWIJK (17/01/09)
1. 69,6 Pts The Pride
2. 67,9 Pts Starriders
3. 67,2 Pts Passie
4. 65,9 Pts Intension
5. 63,0 Pts Xpression
6. 61,7 Pts Jong Leven
7. 49,0 Pts Enjoy

>>> See the slide show
>>> See the video

SCORES A-CLASS - AALSMEER (03/01/09)
1. 65,1 Pts The Pride
2. 61,9 Pts Passie
3. 59,4 Pts Jong Leven
4. 56,1 Pts Xpression

>>> See the video

 


NEW PARTNER

Our Staff is very happy to inform you about its new partnership with Rapid'Flore - Armentières. Thanks to Sandy (our Drum Major)!

You can go to her new flowers store. Wonderful compositions are proposed at the best quality price ratio.


 

 




Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2009
(22/12/08)

UNIK STAR 2008/2009

XPRESSION 2008/2009




SEASON 2009 : THEMES
(01/12/08)


Video: "The difference"

Video: "Pinball : The Lure of the Silver Ball"


The Difference

Xpression, Unik Star's winterguard unit from Hellemmes France, has announced the theme of the show for the 2009 winterguard season: 'The Difference'.

Xpression will perform this show at the CGN (Contest Aalsmeer, Contest Waalwijk, Contest Goes & Championships Eindhoven) in The Netherlands.

This new programm joins a mixture of beauty, hope and melancholy ; accompanied by an American modern music !

Xpression has attracted two new  instructors for this season : Michael van der Tweel et Suryono Wiersma (members of Beatrix).

Michael van der Tweel is the new drill and movement designer for Xpression and Suryono Wiersma hels color guard for practise.

There is no doubt that Xpression will benefit from these instructors and of this new concept!

Xpression celebrates these 5 years of Winterguard in 2009!

>>> See the slide show



Pinball: The lure of the silver ball

The staff of Unik Star Percussion Ensemble (Hellemmes - France) has the pleasure to present the theme of their new show 2009: "Pinball: The lure of the silver ball".

This new program, inspired on a Pinballmachine, is composed with the music of Coldplay and The Who. With arrangements such as Clocks, Viva la vida, Tommy (Pinball Wizard) and the beautiful Coldplay ballad Fix You, Unik Star is very excited to present their new show to the audience this winter! The show will be presented at the CGN and IPE competitions in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

After the succes of last years program, Unik Star hasn’t changed their winning team of arrangers/designers :
- Erwin Van Gemert
- Bruce Vrancken
- Robin Bogert

They have gathered their talents to create a new show at the image of Unik Star.

These 3 professionals were chosen in the objective to help our unit take the next step into the future.

Pierre Lignée (external instructor since 2005 for our group) will bring his expertise for the front ensemble for keyboard technique. Erwin Van Gemert and Robin Bogert will also come to tune up the program and choregraphy.

Numerous camps have been organized to realize this program and the musicians are working really hard.

We hope for a warm welcome of this show by the audience and good results at the competitions.




Open House 2008 : SUCCESS !!!
(03/11/08)


Open House '08 with EIAA : Video

I&E CGN '08 : Scores

AUXILIARY ENSEMBLE OPEN CLASS

1. 75,5 Pts / Jong Jubal
2. 73,5 Pts / Volonté
3. 72,0 Pts / Xpression
4. 69,5 Pts / CMH Menaldum
5. 69,0 Pts / Avant Courir/Beatrix
6. 61,0 Pts / W.C.G.
7. 51,0 Pts / Cadans

FLAG ENSEMBLE OPEN CLASS
1. 70,5 Pts / Xpression
2. 61,0 Pts / Sas van Gent #2
3. 57,5 Pts / Sas van Gent #1
4. 48,5 Pts / Crescendo #1

AUXILIARY INDIVIDUAL OPEN CLASS
1. 87,5 Pts / Talitha van Wijngaard - Sensation
2. 85,5 Pts / Angela Zonneberg - Sensation
3. 81,0 Pts / Anneke de Jong - CMH Menaldum
4. 68,5 Pts / Seba Flohart - Xpression
5. 67,0 Pts / Natascha Muller - Avant Courir

FLAG INDIVIDUAL CADET CLASS
1. 74,5 Pts / Anne-Fleur Klok - W.C.G.
2. 74,0 Pts / Sophie Taton - Xpression

SNARE INDIVIDUAL OPEN CLASS
1. 89,0 Pts / David Lemant - Unik Star
2. 84,0 Pts / Benoit Sueur - Unik Star

3. 78,0 Pts / Jeremy Vaneureux - La Vaillante

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE OPEN CLASS
1. 68,0 Pts / Unik Star
2. 61,0 Pts / La Vaillante

TENOR INDIVIDUAL OPEN CLASS
1. 78,0 Pts / Alexander de Groff - Sas van Gent
2. 77,0 Pts / Ludovic Sueur - Unik Star

KEYBOARD INDIVIDUAL OPEN CLASS
1. 66,0 Pts / Arnaud Taton - Unik Star

KEYBOARD INDIVIDUAL CADET CLASS
1. 82,0 Pts / Jermo van Toor - Jong Jubal
2. 53,8 Pts / Adeline Bevernage - Unik Star


Open House '08 with EIAA : Success

The Open Day 2008, organized by Unik Star/Xpression and with the support of European Indoor Arts Alliance (EIAA) held on October 26, 2008 in Hellemmes (France), was a great success. For this first official demonstration EIAA, approximately 300 visitors and 90 trainees visited this exceptional day filled with Indoor Percussion and Color Guard.

The Drumline training course, like in the last 3 years, has brought together many musicians on snare and tenor. The section, lead by Benoit Sueur and several members of Unik Star, completed the day by presenting a musical piece with music of Daft Punk.

In the Front ensemble section, Pierre Lignée accompanied by Arnaud Taton and Melanie Reynaert informed a group of musicians marimbists and xylophonists on the rudiments of these instruments (2 and 4 rods). Many exercises were done during the 6 hours the training course took. Pierre Lignée also held a Master Class on all the instruments used in Indoor Percussion during the lunch which brought together many interested parties.

Unik Star & Xpression had invited 2 Dutch instructors for the training course color guard. Sylvia Vos and Manon Zuijdervliet worked with all the equipment used in Color Guard (rifle, flag, sabre). Techniques and movements were set up. Sylvia and Manon divided participants into 2 groups (according to the levels) during the day in order to be able to achieve the most.

The 2nd part of the day consisted of many exhibitions in color guard and percussion by Unik Star & Xpression. The juniors also presented a program in front of a very generous public! In short, an exceptional day for the groups and EIAA!  

>>> See the pictures of the Open House 2008

>>> See the video of the individual and ensemble programs of the Color Guards

>>> See the video of the individual and ensemble programs of the percussion

>>> See the video of the ensemble programs of junior




In ACTION !!!
(26/09/08)


OPEN HOUSE 2008 UNIK STAR / E.I.A.A.

By clicking on this link or on the poster you will have direct access to the complete programme of Open Doors Day of 26th October 2008, with the partnership of the new European Federation EIAA (registrations to work placements, full programmes, foreign instructors, and fees).
92 REGISTRATIONS FOR CLINICS !!!



 

CGN INDIVIDUALS ET ENSEMBLES

By clicking on this text you will have access to the list of members (musicians and color guards) who take part in this competition. Meet you in Eemnes, Netherlands, on 18th October to know the results of the prepared programmes.
>>> See the names of the enlistes members

DAVID LEMANT & VANCORE

The efforts and hard work of a young French musician, a member of our drumline, are rewarded. David Lemant will perform at the Vancore Day, on 4th October in Joure (Netherlands). He will become a Vancore Ambassador in Europe and will be solicited by our sponsor to perform several demonstrations. Moreover, a surprise awaits him on arrival : a new snare with the new partnership!
 


NEW INSTRUCTORS !!!


Xpression welcomes for its programme Color Guard 2009 two new Dutch instructors : they will be part of our group as of 12th October for their first camp. They are:

- Michael Van Der Tweel (Beatrix Color Guard since 2001 and Staff member of Avant Courir Winterguard)

- Suryono Wiersma (Beatrix Color Guard since 2006, former The Pride & Jubal Color guard, and also Staff member of Avant Courir Winterguard)

Which programme will succeed “Behind the Magic Door”? Let us remember that Xpression and Unik Star will be celebrating their fifth year of competition in Winterguard and Indoor Percussion! Indeed, very beautiful shows ahead!

STREET - ARMENTIERES


Our musicians and color guards took part in the famous “Nieulles Festival” on Sunday 14th September 2008 in Armentières (Dany Boon’s hometown). This Festival gathered a very large and cheerful audience. A successful performance which has demonstrated once again our talent, our seriousness, and our technical qualities. A photo report is available on line so that you too may enjoy this wonderful and sunny day, without forgetting the night meal offered by the organisers!
>>> See the slide show




Registrations Open House 2008
(08/09/08)


0PEN HOUSE 2008 UNIK STAR / E.I.A.A.

By clicking on this link or on the poster you will have direct access to the complete programme of Open Doors Day of 26th October 2008, with the partnership of the new European Federation EIAA (registrations to work placements, full programmes, foreign instructors, and fees).
 
 


CLARCK GARDNER IN FRANCE


After a visit of Tony Nunez and Kevin Shah during the whole month of June, another American instructor will travel to France. Clark Gardner will be in Hellemmes from September 27th till October 14th. He has been visiting Unik Star Percussion Ensemble since 2004, to help developing technical and musical skills of the members.

PARADE - FLEURY SUR ANDELLE


Our formation took part in the local fair of " Fleury on Andelle" located in France. Your webmasters prepared you a slide show. a very good day with the pictures !!!
>>> See the slide show

 




New Season 2008/2009
(26/08/08)


THE NEW SEASON 2008/2009 begins...
The musicians and color guards took back well rehearsals since August 07th and the team of the season 2008/2009 should be complet at the end of the month to prepare the indoor percussion and color guard circuits. In parallel, you can find in the agenda all dates of parades and demonstrations. More informations about the Open House '08 in collaboration with the new European Federation E.I.A.A. and C.G.N. will be online very shortly. If you want, you can envisage, in your calendar, the date of October 26 th to come at the Open house 'O8 with a lot of demonstrations and don’t forget that the places are restricted in the different clinics.

For this special edition, we will receive several outside masters of clinics:
- Pierre Lignée (Percussionnist - intervening in the pit of Unik Star since many years - student in musicology).
- Sylvia Vos (Staff "The Pride - Color Guard" in Holland and former member of "Pride of Cincinatti" in USA).
- Manon Zuijdervliet (Color Guard former member of Crossmen and Blue Devils in USA).

For the contest, several members will participate in the individual and ensembles C.G.N. in Emnes in Holland. The informations about this contest are on the website http://www.individualsensembles.org/.
Coming soon :
A list with all registrations... To be followed...

All this informations to say that all the members will spend as every year many fantastic instants during all the season and that the team Unik Star is more than ever motivated. To accomplish these new objectives, oreover, we are still recruiting for the season 2008/2009 and you are all welcome to live the experience of Unik Star and Xpression. You can contact us via contact@unikstar.com. The word of order for this new season: DARE !!!
 




End of Season - 2007/2008
(01/07/08)


The season 2007-2008 ends at the end of this month of June. All the members keep in mind the title of Champion at IPE 2008 in the “International Class” as well as the visit of Tony and Kevin in our artistic and musical group.

Many changes are made on the website and more specifically many pictures are added on the juniors and on our Americans.

Moreover, we are still recruiting for the season 2008/2009 and you are all welcome to live the experience of Unik Star and Xpression. Rehearsals will start again on August 7th. The Junior section will start again on August 27th.

Please note that the staff members are unavailable during the month of july. For any emergency please send a mail to “Contact” on the top left corner.

We wish you nice holidays and an excellent visit on our website !!!




June 2008 - News
(09/06/08)

HUGE CLINIC (15 june 2008)
AN EXCEPTIONAL DAY is scheduled on June 15th in Hellemmes from 10am to 4pm. Tony and Kevin offer you a HUGE Percussion Drumline CLINIC (for snares, tenors and bassdrums).

If you are interested to spend a day with Americans and improve your skills it is really the good time for it !!!


Register right away by sending a mail to contact@unikstar.com. 10 euros will have to be paid at the entrance on that day. Take advantage of this incredible opportunity !!!

The CLINIC will take place
Salle Monchy, 49 rue des Ecoles, 59260 Hellemmes. It is not the usual rehearsal place !!!

(All the information will be sent to you after your registration by mail.)

>>> Biography : Tony Nunez
>>> Biography : Kevin Shah


Tony and Kevin
Our 2 american friends arrived end of may and are bringing much to the musicians of Unik Star. Technique, exercises and reading have been included in the program these last days and many extra rehearsals have been organized to take the most of their stay. Unik Star is growing in a different way… The visit of Tony Nunez and Kevin Shah (thanks to Christophe Houard) will stay in the history of our group ; some medias will be included in our website soon to keep in mind this month of work ! We remind you that our doors are open and we are available at contact@unikstar.com for any additional information.


"Dany Boon Party"
On May 30th 2008, the color guards and musicians of Unik Star gathered to play in the streets of Lille for the « Dany Boon Party » for the 20 millions tickets sold for the movie « Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis ». A great success for our group who gathered several hundreds people at the « Boulevard de la Liberté ». It was an incredible evening and a unique moment for all the members especially when the bus drove by with all the actors of the movie. For this occasion, the new Drum Major performed for the first time ; Sandy Sueur and Isabelle Eggermont ponctuated the event with an excellent performance noticed by the audience and the fans of Drum Corps and Percussion. Didier Bevernage didn’t miss any of this on video ; we would like to offer you this new media. Wonderful souvenir...

>>> See the video of the "Dany Boon Party"


Nouveau Partenaire
We would like to thank Jean-Christophe Battesti that we welcome in our list of partners who trust us. This professional designer and graphic artist will help us from time to time in visuals. Thanks to him, we will have our new DVD jacket for 2008, which is being prepared. The entire team would like to thank him for his precious help and welcome him in the Unik Star universe.

>>> See his website (http://labo.net.free.fr/book/index.html)


European Indoor Arts Alliance chooses logo
The European Indoor Arts Alliance (EIAA) has recently revealed their logo. The logo is a design of Jérôme CAPOEN  from France. The EIAA website will be released soon and will provide information on the 2009 events. EIAA is a working group made up of  Indoor Arts organizations' representatives from the United Kingdom, France, Germany and The Netherlands, and is committed to the growth of Indoor Percussion and Winter Guard in Europe. The organization was founded in 2007. The initial focus of the organization is to investigate the needs of the various regions and foster controlled growth. Our main goal is to support the various countries and regions in their specific needs, while increasing cooperation between the national organizations, and growing the activity on the European level.




Tony Nunez & Kevin Shah
(26/05/08)


The team Unik Star has the pleasure to welcome two experts in the Indoor Percussion world during the month of June. The musicians will meet the instructors for the first time in Mons en Baroeul during the performance for a city celebration on May 27th 2008. They will have clinics and rehearsals to improve their knowledge in technique of percussion and in marching manoeuvring. A program has been organized to optimize this exchange. Moreover, they will write several pieces : cadences and parade pieces that you will discover in time. Let’s introduce these 2 instructors:

Tony Nunez has had the honour of working with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006 and 2007 as the Percussion Manager and Tenor Technician. He has also been the front ensemble arranger for the WGI Independent World Class finalist, Pulse Percussion Ensemble from 2005-07. Recent accomplishments include South Hills HS 2007 and 2008 SCPA Scholastic A Class Gold Medalist, and 2008 WGI Scholastic A Class Gold Medalist. South Hills HS earned the highest score ever awarded to a WGI Scholastic A Class ensemble at the 2008 WGI World Championships held in Dayton, OH. Tony also served as a design consultant for the 2008 Scholastic World Class Bronze Medalist Claremont HS, and was the co-arranger/designer for the 2008 Scholastic World Class finalist Arcadia HS. He is currently a member of the WGI Advisory Board, and is on the Vic Firth Education Team. Tony was a member of the SCV tenor line in 2002 and with the Patriots Drum and Bugle Corps in 2001. He also marched in the indoor percussion ensembles of the Black Knights from 2000-2002 and Riverside Community College in 2003. Tony currently teaches and arranges for South Hills HS, Arcadia HS, Upland HS, and Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps.

Kevin Shah is a percussionist and educator in Southern California, USA. Specializing in orchestral percussion, marimba, and marching percussion, Kevin actively performs and teaches with many ensembles in Los Angeles and Orange County. Kevin earned his Masters of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Kevin has much experience in the realm of indoor and outdoor marching percussion. In 2002, he marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the bassline, along with several years with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps on bass drum as well. Kevin also performed with the Black Knights Indoor Drumline in 2002 as a member of the front ensemble, and played snare in 2003 when they won a silver medal at Winter Guard International Championships. Kevin also taught the front ensemble at Black Knights in 2004 and 2007. In his marching career, Kevin has studied with Ralph Hardimon, Tom Float, Jim Casella, Jim Ancona, Murray Gusseck, Stephen Ridley, Mike Jackson, Pete Sapadin, Dave Henkel, and Vince Gardner.

The team Unik Star invites you to see by yourselves the work that the musicians will do during this month of June ; that’s why the doors will be open to all. We rehearse every Tuesday and Thursday at the Centre Gustave Engrand, 208 rue Faidherbe in Hellemmes. 3 clinics will be scheduled on May 31st, June 7th and June 13the in Hellemmes also including a clinic for cymbals. Don’t hesitate to come visit us, you are all welcome !

Unik Star - Street - Flers en Escrebieux (F)

ARCADIA High School (USA)
 




Unik Star & Xpression recruit for 2009 !!!
(12/05/08)


The musicians and color guards have been working hard to prepare a new and richer street program for the 2008 summer season. With as main objective to develop our repertoire, our group will travail for 2008 in many French regions and more specifically near Rouen and the north. Several performances have already been done with much success such as Yssingeaux in “Haute Loire”, Gauchy in “Aisne”, Flers en Escrebieux and Somain in the North. Moreover, we have met in Somain our friends from St Quentin “La Vaillante” with whom some musicians have shared some notes! It’s always with great pleasure to meet some French groups who are really passionate and friendly with whom we can share such moments. For this occasion, the webmasters have put on line 2 slideshows and 2 videos of the beginning of this season which is very promising. The rhythm will speed up for Unik Star and many performances are scheduled in the agenda. Don’t hesitate to visit us in order ot share our mutual passion...

Here are the new medias on line :

>>> see the video of Croix (City Hall reception)

>>> see the video of Flers en Escrebieux (Street)

>>> see the slideshow of Somain

>>> see the slideshow of Flers en Escrebieux

We wish you an excellent visit. Don’t hesitate to leave comments or messages on the forum. Have fun watching the new medias!

Unik Star Finaliste CGN Marching Open Class

Unik Star Champion IPE International Class
 

 




Unik Star & Xpression : Growth in the organizatin...
(28/04/08)


Our President with the microphone...


Video Xpression - Color Guards


Video Unik Star Percussion Ensemble - Musicians

The Word of the President

"Summer is approaching... The end of the season is coming quickly but before there are still some carnivals and street parades that will close the season.

The street parades are also part of the occupations of the musicians, as much as the competitions. I am particularly proud of your results this year. It is with great pleasure to work with people who work so hard for music. You are a group well-known for its good reputation in France but also abroad. Our task is to maintain this reputation. On my side, I will do my best for that by bringing my help in order to realize your new project, but is is also your responsibility to be fully dedicated, staff and musicians, in order to continue to show that Unik Star is a strong, powerful and unified group.

During the last general assembly you were willing to reelect me as president, a position that I have had for 26 years now and I thank you. But I cannot do all the work alone without a true team behind me : the board members and the staff."

Our President gave these few words to the members ofr the organization after the general assembly which took place in Hellemmes on April 17th. Moreover an article was published in the local newspapers "La Voix du Nord" which you can find in the "Press Releases" page in the MEDIAS.

A few changes were also made, which you can find in the "Staff" page under THE GROUP, including several new nominations in the board, a new additionnal Drum Major and some technical leaders to strengthen the team, help continue the improvements and attain the new objectives of our group.
We wish you a nice visit !!!




Unik Star & Xpression recruit for 2009 !!!
(17/04/08)



Video Xpression - Color Guards


Video Unik Star Percussion Ensemble - Musicians



We recruit
for
Unik Star & Xpression !!!

You are looking for a serious group of percussion or color guard in the Lille area ?

Please note that our team is actively searching for new members to prepare the new season 2008/2009.
We offer to train you and to evaluate your competencies and technical level to enter our sections.
Beginners are welcome in many sections and you will have a warm welcome from the members and the staff.

Send us an email to contact@unikstar.com or come meet us during one of our rehearsals on Tuesday or Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm at “Centre Gustave Engrand” rue Faidherbe in Hellemmes (59260).

Come live the Indoor Percussion and Winter guard adventure with us !!! Dare doing it !!!

New media on line

In the audio page, you will find an extract of the finale of our show "Dark Illusion" during the IPE championships in Wevelgem (B).

Have fun listening to it !






 IPE & CGN competitions (2nd part)
(09/04/08)









IPE International Marching Percussion Class : Prelims
1) 85.4 Unik Star (Fra)
2) 83.0 Southern Aurora (UK)
3) 72.4 Legion Star (UK)

IPE International Marching Percussion Class : Finals
1) 84.9 Unik Star (Fra)
2) 82.3 Southern Aurora (UK)

CGN Marching Percussion Open Class : Prelims
1) 84.1 (0,0) Vintage (UK)
2) 83.9 (0,0) Percussion Unlimited (NL)
3) 81.1 (0,1) Unik Star (Fra)
4) 77.8 (0,0) Southern Aurora (UK)
5) 75.2 (0,2) Advendo (NL)
6) 72.1 (0,0) Legion Star (UK)
7) 71.2 (0,0) Sternse Slotlanders (NL)

CGN Marching Percussion Open Class : Finals
1) 87.5 (0,0) Vintage (UK)
2) 85.1 (0,1) Percussion Unlimited (NL) 
3) 82.1 (0,0) Unik Star (Fra)

CGN Color Guard A-Class : Prelims
83.6 (0,0) Starriders (D)
81.3 (0,0) The Pride (NL)
76.9 (0,0) Alliance (UK)
76.7 (0,0) CMH Menaldum (NL)
75.1 (0,0) Blue Lions (Fra)
74.5 (0,0) 2Xtreme (NL)
71.9 (0,0) Passie (NL)
70.3 (0,0) Sensation (NL)
68.6 (0,0) Jong Jubal (NL)
68.4 (0,0) Intension (NL)
66.6 (0,0) Enjoy (NL)
66.0 (0,0) Jong Leven (NL)
65.1 (0,0) Xpression (Fra)
62.0 (0,0) Dynamix (NL)
61.0 (0,0) Jong Beatrix (NL)




New videos, pictures and articles are posted in the MEDIAS' page.

CGN et IPE CHAMPIONSHIPS (2nd part)

After Eindhoven, the color guards and musicians hit the road for Hellemmes in order to come home. We arrive at 2:30am (so 3:30am new time) and a new meeting time is set for 7:00am for the musicians that will compete in Wevelgem in Belgium at the IPE competition (Indoor Percussion Europe). Some latecomers due to the tiring previous day, but the members have good spirits despite some tangible stress. The musicians wanted to defend the points obtained the previous day at CGN in another competition judges by Americans and Belgians! A new challenge for the group!

The bus arrives around 8:30am and the staff registers the group for the competition. The members then go to the main hall and wait for the first performing groups. It is then that we meet our friends from Edelweiss who presented a wonderful program in “Concert Class”. Around 11:00am, the instruments are unloaded and the musicians get ready (make-up, uniforms and last adjustments for the instruments). Just one problem: it is 2:00pm and the members involved with the Croix concert ensemble and who had to perform in the morning haven’t arrived yet. Unik Star is waiting. Fortunately the musicians arrive and no time left to finish up the make-up as the doors open. A warm audience can be heard and we can hear the support from our friends and family...

The show starts, the visuals seem to be better than at CGN. A little faster tempo, applauses at the climaxes of the show. All the musicians leave the floor satisfied and the technical director accompanied by some leaders go inside the hall to see the results. We see them coming back with radiant faces and it is with a score of 85.4 points that the group obtains 1st place!!! The emotion fills the hearts of the members; we are qualified for the finals of the « International Class » with Southern Aurora (UK).

We have 2 hours to kill but also to work in order to prove to the audience and to the judges that our show is the best show in its category for this season. Everyone is excited about the idea of getting the title of Champion at Indoor Percussion Europe!!! During these 2 hours, and under the direction of Pierre Lignée and of the instructors of Unik Star, we work several passages to perfect our ensemble. This rehearsal ends up with a war cry just before the concentration time prior to entering the floor again. « Dark Illusion » is performed for the 2nd time and all the musicians expect to give the best of themselves in energy, visuals and technique.

We enter the floor. The show is better executed despite accrued fatigue since the previous Friday. The audience is still very generous and Unik Star leaves the floor with full applause. We only have to wait for the results to know the outcome of this competition. Beyond the points, a great satisfaction and a feeling of success for having done this program in 4 months!!! A real challenge for our group. Our goal was to be noticed for our 1st year as « Unik Star Percussion Ensemble » and the staff agrees in saying, even before having the results, that it is a success!!!

The pressure comes down and the members go to the bus to put away the instruments quickly and then go see the performance of the 2 star groups of the day: Matrix and Father Ryan coming from the United States. The 2 percussion groups showed an exceptional performance with innovative shows amazingly executed. What a delight to see such groups of exceptions quality!!!

Of course, the members are still waiting for the results. After the performance of Father Ryan, the leaders of each group from each class go to the floor to get the results and prizes. Isabelle Eggermont and Eric Sueur go get the points for Unik. Even if the members were scattered in the hall, the stress is tangible. It is with a score of 84.9 points that the members confirm their 1st place and Unik Star obtains the title of Champion at Indoor Percussion Europe in the “International Marching Class”. Congratulations to all for this performance and work done which has been fruitful. A special thought to our friends from Edelweiss who obtain 1st place in “Concert Class”.

The summer season is now launched at Unik Star with the street parades!!! See you soon for coming adventures !! 




 IPE & CGN competitions (1st part)
(03/04/08)








IPE International Marching Percussion Class : Prelims
1) 85.4 Unik Star (Fra)
2) 83.0 Southern Aurora (UK)
3) 72.4 Legion Star (UK)

IPE International Marching Percussion Class : Finals
1) 84.9 Unik Star (Fra)
2) 82.3 Southern Aurora (UK)

CGN Marching Percussion Open Class : Prelims
1) 84.1 (0,0) Vintage (UK)
2) 83.9 (0,0) Percussion Unlimited (NL)
3) 81.1 (0,1) Unik Star (Fra)
4) 77.8 (0,0) Southern Aurora (UK)
5) 75.2 (0,2) Advendo (NL)
6) 72.1 (0,0) Legion Star (UK)
7) 71.2 (0,0) Sternse Slotlanders (NL)

CGN Marching Percussion Open Class : Finals
1) 87.5 (0,0) Vintage (UK)
2) 85.1 (0,1) Percussion Unlimited (NL) 
3) 82.1 (0,0) Unik Star (Fra)

CGN Color Guard A-Class : Prelims
83.6 (0,0) Starriders (D)
81.3 (0,0) The Pride (NL)
76.9 (0,0) Alliance (UK)
76.7 (0,0) CMH Menaldum (NL)
75.1 (0,0) Blue Lions (Fra)
74.5 (0,0) 2Xtreme (NL)
71.9 (0,0) Passie (NL)
70.3 (0,0) Sensation (NL)
68.6 (0,0) Jong Jubal (NL)
68.4 (0,0) Intension (NL)
66.6 (0,0) Enjoy (NL)
66.0 (0,0) Jong Leven (NL)
65.1 (0,0) Xpression (Fra)
62.0 (0,0) Dynamix (NL)
61.0 (0,0) Jong Beatrix (NL)


 

NOUVEAUX MEDIAS :

>>> Videos :
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IPE Championships "Dark Illusion"
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CGN Champ. - "Dark Illusion"
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CGN Champ. - "Behind magic door"

>>> Pictures :
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IPE Championships
-
CGN Champ. Music & CG

>>> Press Release :
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David Lemant invited at the Musik Messe in Frankfurt (D)

CGN and IPE CHAMPIONSHIPS (1st part)
Meeting was set at 4am on saturday March 29th for all the members and the followers. The majority of the instruments were loaded the night before in a 30 m3 truck under the direction of Eric Sueur. The remaining instruments were loaded in the morning on a 2-floor bus  HAZEBROUCK (our partner) and then the driver hits the road for Eindhoven in the Netherlands for the CGN Championships.

The 31 musicians and 9 color guards receive a program for the day and, upon arrival, Xpression goes directly to the dressing room as the doors open to get ready. After a promotion in A-Class, will the show rearranged by Ilona Hamstra and Norman King convince the audience and the judges ? With 9 members, Xpression presents for the last time their program "Behind The Magic door".

The color guards enter the floor around 10:30am and the famous music of Harry Potter can be heard. A nice energy, movements executed much better than in the last contests, a show rearranged and more dynamic, the color guards leave the floor with a confident face, they have succeeded in the execution of their program. They go to the score board and see 65.1 points which ends the season. The magic of Harry Potter has given 3 more points from the previous season and a 13th place well appreciated by the members and the staff.

The day continues with the musicians who get ready (make-up, uniform, warm-up and last tuning of instruments). The stress is on all the faces : the musicians have worked all sundays since january to achieve a high performance, they are expecting success !!

It is 1pm and Unik Star is ready behind the curtain. The stress is there. The members concentrate and encourage each other. The curtain opens and the front ensemble settles, the mat is in place, the first notes of the vibraphone resound. The audiences reacts much at the climaxes of the program, the quality of the drill (choregraphy) is much higher than at the previsou contests WGI and CGN, the chromaticisms for the front ensemble are much cleaner and the energy is fantastic !!!

All the musicians leave the floor and run to the score board hoping to have convinced the judges !!! Musicians, staff, color guards look at the points. We can even see members from other groups very curious to see our score. The 1st number is written, an 8 !!! Unik Star gets carried away, some cry, other smile, the emotion is overloading. The group is still waiting for the score of the last 2 groups to know if we would make it to finals.

The dream comes true, Unik Star is qualified for finals with a score of 81.1 points and a 3rd place.

After this great surprise, Unik Star executes for a 2nd time "Dark Illusion" in the evening for the finals with as competitors Vintage (UK) and Percussion Unlimited (NL).

The group meets at 7pm to work the program and some details to improve the show. Second performance at 9pm to defend the placement and points !!! Unik Star obtains an extra point !!! Excellent performance, and it is with a score of 82.1 points and a 3rd place competing agains the english and dutch group that Unik Star closes this 2008 CGN circuit !!! Happiness and satisfaction for this season !!! 

Coming soon : 2nd part of the week-end CGN and IPE CHAMPIONSHIPS (with the presentation and the program of this exceptional sunday)




More adventures for Unik Star & Xpression...
(18/03/08)

2 NEW MEDIAS
2 new videos on line :

Demonstrations of percussion with David Lemant and Ludovic Sueur at the Vancore booth for the Musik Messe in Frankfurt in Germany. Also a  special ensemble with the famous group Advendo (NL). We would like to thank Vancore for the invitation. And congratulations to David Lemant to have taken up this challenge...

A retrospection of the last camp for Xpression that occurred on March 14th, 15th and 16th 2008 with the instructors Ilona Hamstra (NL) and Norman King (USA).
(click on the texts to download)

The media talks for itself, have fun watching it !!!


Norman and Ilona

UNIK STAR IN FORCE IN BELGIUM !
It is with a torrential rain that the musicians and color guards of Unik Star performed at their 1st street parade of the season 2008 on March 9th in Wellin (B). Belgium didn't spare our members with such a weather. t was the first time in street uniform for several musicians. A successful carnival thanks to a large and warm audience and the well-known carnival people from Belgium, especially due to their sense of party and humour. The season for street parades is launched !!!

The same day, a delegation of Unik Star, Isabelle Eggermont, Pierre Lignée and David Delcourt, went to the "Private Drum Teacher Seminary" of Vic Firth in Melsbroek (B). For this occation, our team met again with Neil Larrivee, the director of education of the brand with whom the group has been in contact for several months, but also met Vic Firth in person ! This wonderful experience has allowed our members to learn new development methods and also hear some anecdotes from the speaker, Dom Famularo, and also talk more with our sponsor for sticks and mallets !!!
As you can see we have lots of work at Unik Star !!! 


NEW CLINIC INCORPS
On March 17th 2008, the musicians had a clinic with the drill designer of "Dark Illusion", Robin, accompanied by Albert (both Visual staff for Jubal). The drumline worked on the drill and marching techniques. We would like to thank both of them for their help !!! Very fun people too !!!

Coming soon :
The video and the pictures of the Musik Messe in Frankfurt where David Lemand and Ludovic Sueur performed several demos. Patience...


Unik Star in Wellin (B)


Unik Star in Wellin (B)


Unik Star, Vic Firth, Neil Larrivee and Dom Famularo


The drumline with Robin and Albert from Jubal


David and Ludovic at the Musik Messe in Frankfurt (D)
 




The last news for Xpression and Unik Star
 (03/03/08)


In preparation for the show "Dark Illusion" !!!



David Lemant - His personal video



Giuseppe Verdi Marching Showband





 

Unik Star & Xpression in Goes (NL)
The CGN circuit continues and all the members (color guards/musicians) went to Goes (NL) to defend their programs.
For the color guards, some modifications have been included in "Behind The magic door" and it is with a nice purple layering at the end of the program that the audience have enjoyed the color guards on the Harry Potter themes. They received a score of 59.7 in the A-Class and a 5th place next to the most experienced groups of the circuit. Despite the absence of Mélanie due to medical reasons and the illness of Sandy, the color guards stayed in the course towards the objective they had set. We wish them the very best for the CGN finals on March 29th in Eindhoven !
For Unik Star, a score of 72.2 and a 4th place was attained by the musicians. Disappointed by the performance, no doubt that they are all mobilized to be more prepared for the CGN finals of March 29th and IPE on March 30th, especially since the program only needs perfectionning. Unik Star will welcome for this occasion on March 16th the drill designer of the show Robin from InCorps and Albert (Jubal Visual Staff) to improve the drill and marching techniques.

David Lemant in Germany
David Lemant from the snare line is invited to represent Vancore for the International Musik Messe in Frankfurt (D) on March 15th. The entire team is proud of him for this and also a delegation of the group will accompany him to encourage him during his demonstrations.

Clinic Vic Firth
Vic Firth Inc.  have been organizing the "Private Drum Teacher Seminaries" for twenty years with a sound success in the United States, Germany and in Canada. Now and for the fist time in Belgium and in the Netherlands ! Take this opportunity especially since it is free ! Register at the drum teacher seminary organized by our sponsor and meet Vic Firth in person ! Here are the dates for this event :
Sunday March 9th - Melsbroek (B)
Sunday March 16th - Schiedam (NL)
Contact for registration :
stef@abmusic.be

Vancore “Aluforce”
After France, also in Italy !!!
The Aluforce has been launched last week in Varese in Italy. The unique "Giuseppe Verdi Marching Showband" has received a 4 bassdrum line. The drumline director Mr Isaia Valeri who was searching for a long time for a lighter alternative for the drumline ensemble is very enthousiastic by the sound and weight of this new bassdrum line with the following sizes : 18, 20, 22, and 24 inches. The members of the group wanted a gold tone and Vancore has been able to satisfy them with an aluminium brushed brass. A perfect finish which give a new look and a new sound to the group. Regarding the sound and quality of the bassdrums, Mr Valeri wrote in his mail : "The bassdrums are awesome !!!". Our sponsor is happy to welcome "Giuseppe Verdi Marching Showband" with their new Aluforce instruments in Italy !!! More information on Vancore Aluforce on the website www.vancore.nl 




VICE-CHAMPION WGI at Drachten (NL) with 73.5 pts
 (19/02/08)


2nd Place for  Unik Star at WGI European Regional


Unik Star & Dark Illusion : The new show is launched...


Isabelle EGGERMONT in NIGHTMARE mode !!!



Extract of "Behind The Magic Door" by Xpression


Clarck Gardner (american consultant)

 

WGI EUROPEAN REGIONAL '08
It is with much emotion and pleasure that the team Unik Star/Xpression went for the first time at the competition
WGI European Regional in Drachten (NL).

UNIK STAR was successful for its first performance with a 2nd place and a score never attained in the middle of the season of 73.5 points ! (Let's note a 1st place in Visual way ahead of its competitors). Lots of pleasure for the members who gave their maximum and also much applause from the audience at the climax of the program. The instructors (Erwin Van Gemert, Clarck on the bottom page video, Pierre Lignée,...) have allowed our group to shine. We would like to thank them, the makeup people and hairdressers, and also thank the audience and all those who work behind the scene !!! The season '08 is launched...


See an extract of "Dark Illusion"

Xpression has performed for the 2nd time the program "Behind the magic door". It is with a score of 51,2 that the color guards have been placed 19th at the competition. A program that didn't fascinate the american judges of WGI. The color guards are now ready to change up for the end of the circuit !

See the slideshow of WGI

EIAA (
European Indoor Arts Alliance)
The
European Indoor Arts Alliance was officially formed in the fall of 2007 by Winter Guard United Kingdom, Drum Corps Germany, Unik Star/Xpression, Blue Lions and Color Guard Nederland. The new organization will be a joint venture between the organizations to promote Indoor Percussion and Color Guard in Europe and to facilitate contests in these countries. In 2009 the first EIAA events will be held.
All together EIAA will host 16 contests, although most will be under the WGUK and CGN name. The new organization has an objective to host one Color Guard Regional in Germany and an Indoor Percussion and Color Guard Regional in France in 2009. Although all organizations involved will remain autonomous, there will be much more cooperation then ever before in Europe.
The new organization will not only host shows and facilitate those, many joint educational programs will be started. The organization will work towards unification of the rules & regulations (criteria sheets are already being translated to French by Isabelle) and recognition of each others contest results. After the Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion season, more details and a website will be released. CGN, WGUK, DCG and the French groups are very proud of their new accomplishment. The new name was offically announced at the WGI European Regional, held in Drachten, The Netherlands.

Long live EIAA !!!
The staff of Unik Star would like to thank Isabelle EGGERMONT who is fully invested in the project dear to our group..

Next step
The color guards and musicians are getting prepared for the next CGN competition which will take place in Goes (NL)... The best european groups will be competing ! To be followed...

 




Xpression wins 1st place in AA-Class
(11/02/08)


Xpression at the CGN contest in Waalwijk (NL)

Scores CGN Contest - Waalwijk (NL) - 09 February 2008
AA-Class
1. 58.7  Xpression (F)
2. 56.1  Vision (D)
3. 52.4  Avalance (NL) 
4. 46.7  West Coast Guard (NL)

Xpression and its team arrived in Waalwijk (NL) around 4:30pm for the opening of the doors. For its first participation at the CGN circuit in AA-Class, Xpression presented its new show "Behind the Magic Door" designed by Ilona Hamstra (NL) assisted by Norman King (USA).
Stress and anxiety could be seen on all the faces but Xpression has shown much tenacity and has imposed its original program.
It is with a score of 58,7 points that the group won first place in this category and has been promoted to the upper class : the A-Class.
A slide show showing the emotion of this real success has been put on line.
All the staff would like to thank the color guards and their instructors who have participated in the conception of this great program which allow Xpression to the next step.

Next stop for Xpression and Unik Star : WGI Europe in Drachten (NL).

See the slide show




Last news and medias...
(04/02/08)


The juniors, the staff and the instructors


Coralie honoured by the city hall




INTENSIVE REHEARSALS AND CLINICS:
Rehearsals follow one after the other but are very unlike. Unik Star and Xpression will enter competitions in the next few days. The rehearsal pace has of course grown and clinics have been organized to boost the work done by the sections. On January 20th, Pierre Lignée did the last adjustments for the front ensemble and on January 27th, Erwin Van Gemert from InCorps, one of the arrangers of the program Dark Illusion, came and brought his expertise. Many pictures have been taken : .
See the slide show with Pierre
See the slide show with Erwin

HONOURS :
On February 3rd, in the morning and like every year, one of the members of the organization is invited to be honoured for the good deeds accomplished. This year, Coralie Sueur is honoured by the city hall. Since she is 4 years old, Coralie is an active member of the organization. First in the pompom section, she's been able to grow to acquire all the necessary skills for the color guard techniques. Thanks to her motivation and perseverance, she's been able to help her section grow. She's also involved with the junior section. All the staff members would like to thank her for all her efforts and her pugnacity
.

JUNIOR DAY '08 :
On February 3rd, around 100 visitors came to discover the children of the color guards and music sections of Unik Star and Xpression. A great first performance for the juniors who presented their exercises and programs..
See the slide show of the Junior Day




The Juniors do the show on February 3rd !!!
(24/01/08)



Special day for the junior musicians and color guards of Unik Star !!!

Come meet our young members on our Junior Day '08 !
For the families and friends, our group will offer a drink at the end of the day to share the success of the junior programs.

PROGRAM OF THE DAY :

2:30pm
Arrival of visitors and juniors

2:40pm
Unik Star Junior
Demonstrations and Show

3:10pm
Xpression Junior
Technical exercices and Show

3:40pm
Drink offered by the organization

A booth selling our goodies will be present for this occation. All the articles (see the Webshop page) will be sold at a unique price of 5 euros.

Our team is available for any additional information by mail at
contact@unikstar.com




Last step for Unik Star and Xpression !!!
(15/01/08)


Drumline Unik Star - Rehearsal of January 13th 2008


The front ensemble team 2007/2008

All the musicians and color guards have been actively preparing the indoor competitions for a couple of months already !!!

For Xpression, the first CGN competition will occur in W
aalwijk (NL) on February 9th. It's in the AA-Class that the color guards will present their program "Behind The Magic Door".

For Unik Star, it will be at the WGI-Europe competition in Drachten (NL) that the musicians will present their new show "Dark Illusion" in Independant A-Class competing with 2 other dutch experienced groups : Percussion Unlimited and Advendo Nijverdal.


Information regarding these competitions are on line on the website of
CGN and WGI Europe.

Little gift for our web visitors :
The webmasters have opened the webpage
MEDIAS - Audios and offer you an extract of the show DARK ILLUSION played by the Front Ensemble. The piece is called : Danse macabre.

We wish you an excellent visit !!! 




Unik Star 2008
(03/01/08)



NEW YEAR 2008

All the members of our organization wish you a happy new year for 2008.

We would like to thank all the visitors who come to our web site. Thanks to you, this web site has gathered more than 200000 visits.

The staff is available for any information, registration or price request to perform for your festivals and parades.

Have a nice visit !!! 




Unik Star wishes you happy holidays
(21/12/07)


Video for the holidays (by Mambofred)


Video of the year-end party (20/12/07)



Video of Monschau in Germany
(08/12/07)

RESULTS FOR DECEMBER

The month of December was very busy for all the members of Unik Star :

- delivery of the packages for the seniors of the Guinguette in Hellemmes with a musical demonstration at the retirement home.

- camps and clinics to prepare the new programs for 2008 on top of the regular weekly rehearsals for the main groups and the juniors.

- a trip to Monschau in Germany to see the Christmas markets (all of this offered by Hazebrouck Voyages).

In conclusion a month full of work and emotion for the members of the organization.

For this occasion, we have prepared 3 videos for you to see all these activities that occurred in December.

The entire team of Unik Star and Xpression as well as the Comité would like to wish you happy holidays.

To prepare the numerous projects for 2008, our group will start the rehearsals again the first week of January 2008.




What becomes of the Unik Star and Xpression Juniors ?
(13/12/07)

THE PROJECT JUNIOR GOES ON...

It has been almost one year since the project junior has started and the results of these 2 new sections are very promising (see the video). A great growth !!!

Where are we today ?
Unik Star supervises more than 20 young people for color guards (danse and flag work) and music (percussion and keyboard). Some projects are in scope for the long run in order to help these sections improve. Our group is still looking for new young members to discover and share a passion for music and color guard. All the information is available under "The Sections" webpages.

Coming soon :
Information on the progress of the shows Xpression and Unik Star... 


Growth of the Juniors from January to December


Exhibition of the Juniors in Hellemmes (May 2007)




Unik Star announces the program '08 : Dark Illusion
(29/11/07)

The staff of Unik Star Percussion Ensemble (Hellemmes - France) has the pleasure to present the theme of their new show 2008 : "Dark Illusion".

This new program, inspired on horror, is composed of dark ballads and the famous music from the Exoscist ! The Show will be presented at the CGN and WGI regional competitions in the Netherlands.

New contributors have come to realize this new program. For this 2008 season, Erwin Van Gemert (arranger drumline - former member of Boston Crusaders), Bruce Vrancken (arranger front ensemble - former member of Blue devils) and Robin Bogert (drill designer - caption head visual of Jubal) have gathered their talents to create a show at the image of Unik Star. These 3 professionals were chosen in the objective to help our unit grow in power and also to give a new breathe in order to achieves the objectives of Unik Star.

Pierre Lignée (external instructor since 2005 for our group) will bring his expertise for the front ensemble for keyboard technique. Erwin Van Gemert will also come in January to tune up the program and choregraphy.

This season's show is starting up right. Numerous camps have been organized to realize this program and the musicians are working really hard. We hope for a warm welcome of this show by the audience and good results at the competitions.


Unik Star will present the new program during competitions in the Netherlands :

16 February 2008
WGI European Regional (Drachten)

01 March 2008
Contest CGN (Goes)

29 March 2008
Championships CGN (Eindhoven)


Coming soon :
Information on the progress of the Show Xpression and Unik Star... 

To be followed... 




Video of the Program '08 : Dark Illusion


Unik Star Front Ensemble with Pierre Lignée (left)




New partner for Unik Star !!!
(19/11/07)

Unik Star Percussion Ensemble has a new partnership with the Belgian company "Les Voyages Hazebrouck" (bus company organizing trips).

  

To start on this new partnership, the director, Mr Laurent Hazebrouck, has offered a trip in December to Monschau in Germany to see the famous Christmas markets. The members of the organization are, of course, very excited about this exceptional event. The staff would like to thank this new partner and the great relationship and mutual trust this partnership brings.


Please find below the contact information for this company :
Voyages Hazebrouck
Chemin d'Halluin, 36
B-7780 Comines Bas-Warneton
Tel : +32.473 75 54 02
http://www.hazebrouck-voyages.be/


NEW IN THE WEBSHOP :

Unik Star has produced its caps in different colors. You may now order this new product at the price of 8 euros TTC (delivery included). You can find all the information on our WEBSHOP page. Hurry up as the stock is limited !!!

The UNIK STAR staff is available for any additional information by mail at : contact@unikstar.com


Coming soon :
An update with the presentation of the 2008 show for Unik Star with the names of the external contributors to this new indoor show. 

To be followed... 




Marimba Solo 2007 - Georges Lecomte
  
 


Here are our new caps




Xpression presents "Behind the Magic Door..."
(05/11/07)

Xpression is pleased to present the theme of the show for the 2008 winterguard season : Behind the Magic Door. A new instruction team for this new challenge ! For this season, on top of Sandy Sueur and Séba Flohart, the staff called on 2 experts for this new choregraphic program. Xpression had a first camp on October 26th, 27th and 28th (more than 20 hours of rehearsal) and has worked on the new program !!!

Here is a short presentation of these 2 foreign instructors :

- Ilona Hamstra (from the Netherlands) / She is the drill and movement designer of the show. Strong with an experience of 8 years at Art Development (color guard group from the Netherlands from the 90s) and 3 years in the United States for the drumcorps Freelancers and Crossmen, Ilona showed her talent and creativity in writing this program. She has committed herself very much in this project and we thank her for her trust towards us.

- Norman King (from the United States) / He's helping our color guards in performing movements, working on technics and brings his expertise. He teaches in high schools in the east of the United States and has performed several time at the WGI competitions in his native country. We would like to thank him for his availibility and expertise. He will help during many week-ends for this season 2007/2008.

Please note that "Behind the Magic Door" is performed on music from the famous movies HARRY POTTER.

>>>
See the slide show of the Xpression camp of October 26th, 27th and 28th


On the left : Norman King
On the right : Ilona Hamstra

Coming soon :
An update with the presentation of the 2008 show for Unik Star with the names of the external contributors to this new indoor show. 

To be followed... 


Video presenting the show Xpression 2008




Xpression is preparing many competitions in the Netherlands :
09 February 2008 - Contest CGN (Waalwijk)
16 February 2008 - WGI European Regional (Drachten)
01 March 2008 - Contest CGN (Goes)
29 March 2008 - Championships CGN (Eindhoven)


Xpression 2008 with the instructors




Success for the CGN I&E and the Open House
(29/10/07)

The entire team of Showband USA (newly UNIK STAR), color guards and musicians, were mobilized the entire week-end of October 20th and 21st. The first step of this intense week-end : the Individual and Ensemble competition at CGN in Eemnes in the Netherlands (about 270 kms from Hellemmes). Six programs were presented by our group who competed against many others coming from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and France. For this 2007 season, our musicians and color guards showed much technic, originality and excellence. See for yourself the scores on the right of this table...

>>> See the pictures of CGN I&E of October 20th in Eemnes (NL)

Due to illness, David Lemant wasn't able to perform his individual programm in snare. You can find an extract of it in the web page Medias/Videos in the video of the Vancore Day. We all wish him to get well soon.

The second step of the exceptional week-end : the Open House of October 21st. Our clinics hosted 81 musicians (keyboard and drumline) and color guards ! More than 350 visitors from France and Belgium came to discover our passion and our new name ! The individual and ensemble performances were saluted by a warm audience ! A great sharing time .
All the ingredients were gathered to create a successful Open House, greather than last year. We would like to thank all the members of the other groups who came for this great event, Fabien from Music Office (our new partner) for his stand. We would also like to thank all the volunteers, the members of the organization, the former majorettes, and our President, Mr Franchomme and his spouse. This day will stay forever in the history of our organization.

>>>
See the pictures of the Open House 2007

>>>
See the video of the individual and ensemble programs of the Color Guards

>>>
See the video of the individual and ensemble programs of the percussion

We would like to thank Sébastien, Didier, Michel, JM and the photograh of the city for the many pictures and videos for the conception of this update.

Coming soon :
An update presenting the program 2008 for Xpression as well as the list of external contributors for the conception of this new show. 

To be followed... 


Extracts of the Open House


SCORES I&E CGN EMNES

 AUXILIARY INDIVIDUAL OPEN CLASS
 1. Sensation - Danielle van der Kieft : 94 pts
 2. Sensation - Lisette Terwijn : 87,5 pts
 3. Xpression - Seba Flohart : 80 pts
 3. Avant Courir - Natasha Muller : 80 pts
 5. Avalance - Ingrid Noordhoek : 73,5 pts
 6. Xpression - Irving Demeyere : 68,5 pts
 7. Blue Lions - Virginie Renard : 67,5 pts
 8. Sas van Gent - Mieke de Coeyer : 61 pts

 FLAG ENSEMBLE OPEN CLASS
 1. Xpression #2 : 75 pts
 2. West Coast Guard #1 : 69,5 pts

 AUXILIARY ENSEMBLE OPEN CLASS
 1. Avant Courir #1 : 78,5 pts
 2. Blue Lions #1 : 77,5 pts
 3. Xpression #1 : 75 pts
 4. Volonté #1 : 69,5 pts
 5. Johan Friso #1 : 68,5 pts
 6. Hollandia #1 : 67,5 pts
 7. DSM #1 : 63 pts
 7. DSM #2 : 63 pts
 9. Sensation #2 : 61 pts
 10. Sas van Gent #4 : 59,5 pts
 11. De Tambourijnen #2 : 57,5 pts
 12. Showgirls #1 : 57 pts
 12. Avalance #1 : 57 pts
 
 TENOR INDIVIDUAL OPEN CLASS
 1. Jubal - Paul Versteeg : 82 pts
 2. Showband USA - Ludovic Sueur : 61 pts
 3. Blue Lions - Claude Lucas : 40,5 pts
 
 KEYBOARD INDIVIDUAL OPEN CLASS
 1. Showband USA - Georges Lecomte : 84,5 pts
 2. Rhythm Stars - Wendy Brouwer : 76,9 pts





Showband USA becomes
Unik Star Percussion Ensemble

(21/10/07)

The entire team of Showband USA has the pleasure to inform you of its new artistic denomination. After several year under the name of Showband USA, our group of musicians and color guards becomes Unik Star Percussion Ensemble, a more dynamic name and more in adequacy with the Indoor Percussion movement very popular in the United States. The staff, musicians and color guards don't change and thank you for welcoming UNIK STAR in the best conditions. You may contact the staff for any additional question you may have.

Long life to Unik Star ! 
Let's go forward with new projects...
 

Coming soon :
An full update on the our week-end of October 20th and 21st. You will discover many medias of the CGN competition for individuals and ensembles (Emnes - NL) and of our Open House : A great success (more thatn 350 visitors from Belgium and France) !

To be followed... 

 

 


  
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