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By August 24, 2017

Wednesday 8/30

If you are flying to Rochester, you can have your luggage travel on the bus. Arrange for a friend to grab your luggage when the bus arrives. You’re responsible for getting yourself to the DoubleTree in Rochester. Courtesy shuttle to/from ROC airport: 585-475-1510, taxi is ~$18.

No luggage will go on the trailers to or from NY.

Imation Place
1 Imation Pl
Oakdale, MN 55128

7:30pm – Load buses @ Imation Place. Leave your luggage outside of the busses, a loading crew will take care of the tetris/jenga for you. “Do Not Tow” window signs will be available on site.
8:00pm – Depart
9:00pm – Pick-up @ McDonald’s in Eau Claire. “Do Not Tow” window signs will be available from bus captains. Carpool to minimize occupied parking spots.

6251 Truax Ln.
Eau Claire, WI 5470

Rest stops are all 15 minutes. Meal stops are all 1 hour. Bus captains will announce departure time.

Bus Captains

Joe Jaeger: 763-244-7076
Trevor Alwan: 712-326-7060

In case of emergency

Justin Foell: 612-720-3122
Katy Bensen: 651-324-0112

Thursday 8/31

~9:30am (Eastern) – Breakfast stop (1 hour)
~3:00pm – Arrive @ Rochester DoubleTree

Rochester DoubleTree
1111 Jefferson Rd.
Rochester, NY 14623

Eric Molho will be handling room assignments and keys. Find him to settle in.

~7:00pm – Parking lot rehearsal


Rooms feature down filled duvet and jumbo pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, alarm
clock radio with MP3 connection, phone, television, mini-fridge, and in-room coffee maker.

The hotel also has a pool (hours posted), restaurant (6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.), bar (4 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
and fitness center (24 hrs).

Please remember that while most guests in the hotel are here for the DCA show, not all guests
will be on the same schedule. Be courteous to other guests particularly on our free nights.


The corps provides lunches during rehearsals for this weekend. All other meals are on your own. Our hotel is located across the street from a grocery store and within walking distance of several restaurants (see below). Our schedule is tight for several meals so you should plan ahead. In particular you should plan for:

  • Breakfast each morning (the buses will leave promptly at 8)
  • Sunday evening you will have limited time to prepare for the Finals show. In addition, those of you who are riding the bus will no longer have access to your hotel room and therefore will be using the rooms of those staying which means more people changing/showering in each room.
  • Sunday after the show people are often hungry. You should plan to purchase your bus snacks ahead of time as there are limited food options when the buses leave the stadium.

Across the Street

Burger King
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Pita Pit

Walking Distance

Boston Market
Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse
Macaroni Grill
Outback Steakhouse
Taco Bell


Salvatore’s Pizzeria (pizza, burgers, salads, pasta) 585-475-0055
Dominos Pizza 585-359-3330
Papa John’s Pizza 585-321-1100
Pizza Hut 585-427-8130

Friday 9/1

Buses will not stay at the rehearsal site all day, any day. Make sure to take everything you need for rehearsal off of the bus.

Bring swimsuits and towels, we’ll be heading straight from rehearsal to the beach.

7:00am – Wake-up call
7:30am – Buses available to load
8:00am – Depart for rehearsal site

500 Norton St.
Rochester, NY 14621

9:00am – Rehearsal (lunch provided)
6:00pm – Load equipment
6:30pm – Depart for Hotel
7:00pm – Arrive at Hotel
8:00pm – Shuttle leaves for I&E (Convention Center) / Dinosaur BBQ (another will also leave at 9pm)
~10:30pm – Last Shuttle leaves convention center immediately following Star United performance.

Saturday 9/2 – Prelims Show Day

7:00am – Wake-up call
7:30am – Buses available to load
8:00am – Depart for rehearsal site
9:00am – Rehearsal
11:45am – Load
12:15pm – Depart rehearsal site (to-go lunch provided)
12:30m – Arrive @ Hotel, get ready to perform
2:30pm – Depart Hotel

Capelli Sport Stadium
460 Oak St.
Rochester, NY 14608

2:45pm – Arrive @ Stadium, unload
3:15pm – Warm-up
4:31pm – Gate
4:49pm – Perform

After the performance, we’ll take some pictures, then load the trailers. Dinner is on your own. You can watch the remaining competing corps but you must stay in half uniform for admittance. Prelims night is a much better night to observe because you can go in any general admission ticket area. Finals seating is only from the side (see below). Head to the buses after the last performance & score announcement.

Sunday 9/3 – Finals Show Day

Bus riders will check out of their room before we leave for rehearsal. Make arrangements with someone who is flying to use their room for a shower before finals. Those flying may have to change rooms for Sunday night. Eric will let you know.

7:00am – Wake-up call
7:30am – Buses available to load
8:00am – Depart for rehearsal site
9:00am – Rehearsal (lunch provided)
12:30pm – Load-n-load
1:30pm – Depart rehearsal site
1:45pm – Arrive @ hotel, get ready to perform, dinner/snacks
4:45pm – Depart hotel
5:00pm – Arrive & unload
5:30pm – Warm-up
7:05pm – Gate
7:22pm – Perform
~8:00pm – Meeting @ trailer
~8:30pm – Load trailer, check in horns
10:00pm – Retreat

After the performance we’ll load the trailers. There’s no Eden Prairie performance this year, so we’ll be checking in all equipment finals night. Stay in half uniform as we’ll be going back out for retreat in full uniform after the last corps has performed. Once the trailers are loaded (as much as they can be without uniforms), you’re free to watch the remaining corps. Members may only sit in the approved end zone bleachers on finals night.

10:00pm – Line up for retreat

After retreat we’ll meet at the trailers one last time, sing, change out of uniform, and head home.


Monday 9/4 – Heading Home

~1:00am – Depart for Minnesota
6:00am – Breakfast stop (1 hour)
12:30pm (Central) – Lunch stop (1 hour)
~6:00pm – Arrive @ Imation Place.