1970s-logo-uni-hist-p1975 Bluecoats


  • Fanfare and Coronation March (Meyerbeer)
  • Variations on America (Truman Crawford)
  • Gospel John (Maynard Ferguson)
  • Livin’ for the City (Maynard Ferguson)
    • Parades: Americans We

Season Synopsis: 1975  was the second competitive season for the corps and was listed in at least one program as “a program of the Canton Police Boys Club” and listed as 95 members strong broken down into 40 horns, 21 percussion, 25 color guard, 5 rifles and two drum majors and color guard captain.  Program notes also claim “the Bluecoats have, nonethelss, begun to attract considerable attention in mid-west corps circles, and are regarded as a ‘corps with a future; by corps observers.”  The corps claimed to have members in 19 area schools.

Competitive Result:

  • August 7, U.S. Open – Class A and All-Girl Prelims, Marion OH | 25th place | Score: 46.750


  • Selected as the Most Improved Corps in Ohio by the All American Judges Association
  • First win in an adjudicated drum corps show

Drum Majors: Frank Metzger & Larry Gessner
Color Guard Captain: Mary Alice Kendall


  • Tom Jakmides, Director
  • Business Committee: Art Drukenbrod, Tom Jakmides, Ralph McCauley (logistics), Don Leininger, Gerald Baker (attorney).
Instructional Staff
  • Designer: Truman Crawford
  • Brass Staff
    • Sam Tessitore, Craig Combs
  • Percussion Staff
    • Alan Simpson, Art Drukenbrod, Ray Riggs, Glen Harman, Carl Gannon, Dick Janes
  • Marching & Maneuvering
    • Craig Combs, Larry Hyme
  • Color Guard
    • Dave Wood, Paul Roush
    • Rifle Instruction: Cindy Edler

Main Corps Rehearsal Facility: Old Boys Club, Navarre Road, Canton, Ohio; Souers Junior High School, Canton City Schools.

Corps Fees & Dues: No membership dues, $35 meal fee for long weekends

Touring Fleet: 3 buses (nicknamed the Elite, the Suburban, the Ghetto Bus), Equipment Box truck, Chuck Wagon.

Tour Schedule & Results:

Date Show Place Score
May 26 Canton, Ohio – Memorial Day Parade
unknown American Legion State Parade 1st
unknown VFW State Parade 1st
unknown American Legion 10th District Parade 1st
unknown Cherry Blossom Parade  Barberton OH 1st
unknown Independence Day Parade  Stow OH 1st
unknown Jelly Jamboree Parade   Orrville OH
Aug 7 U.S. Open – Class A & All-Girl Prelims  Marion, OH 25th 46.750
Aug 10 Innovations in Brass  Fawcett Stadium, Canton, OH Exhibition





Last updated February 5, 2018

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