1972 Bluecoats

Season Synopsis: When the Canton Police Boys Club Drum & Bugle Corps marched through the streets of downtown Canton for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement parade, they went past a men’s clothing store.  Art Drukenbrod, a Canton business man and former member of the local American Legion Post 44 drum corps from decades earlier, wanted to get involved and turn it into a real drum and bugle corps.  He contacted Ralph McCauley, who was a police officer who worked with the Boys Club programs.  Along with J. Babe Stearn, the three formed the Bluecoats on December 1st, 1972.

Music: Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (Louiguy)


  • Art Drukenbrod, J. Babe Stearn, Ralph McCauley

Instructional Staff:

  • Brass: Jack Jakmides
  • Percussion: Art Drukenbrod
  • Color Guard: Paul Roush, Bob Robinson (rifle)

Tour Results:

  • First performance – Parade Brewster, Ohio. 1st Place. $15.00 cash prize!

Dues Structure: There were no dues charged.

Main Corps Rehearsal Facility: The Boys Club (original), Navarre Rd, Canton.

Touring Fleet:

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Updated September 1, 2018