1988 Bluecoats

Program

  • That Old Black Magic (Mercer, Arlen)
  • Take 5 (Desmond, arr. Puente)
  • Autumn Leaves (Mercer, Kosma)

Season Synopsis: The planning for the 1988 season was to be bigger and bolder.  It was not uncommon in the mid 1980s for a corps to hold over a selection from the previous year and Autumn Leaves was going to be brought back for an encore performance.  But not in a small way.  Logically it was moved to the closer, but the drum solo was enhanced to include a record-setting 20 snares doing drum to drum stick work that moved laterally across the field to the 50 yard line, then back marched and pinwheeled to present the soprano solo the prefaced the final chords.  Most of the guard exchanged their poles for sopranos, to boost the horn line numbers into the 80’s (and the soprano numbers into the 30’s).  It was a big, bad and bloo ending.  the corps was highly polished out of the gate and at the opening show nearly walked away victors.  For the first time in corps history, the “big boys” of the Drum Corps Midwest, except for Madison, left the field prior to the Bluecoats.  A few weeks later the corps would win the home show, Innovations in Brass, for the first time ever.  The momentum did not last and as the season burned on the corps settled back into the back, ultimately repeating the 11th place finish from the year before.  But the iconic “BLOOOO” from the crowd, which had become widespread in 1987, now became entrenched from the stands for good.

Competitive Result: 11th Place in Drum Corps International

Season Accolades:

  • First time winning home show (Innovations in Brass)
  • At some point beat every top 12 corps except Madison, Blue Devils, Santa Clara and Cadets
  • Organizational high score (to this point): 89.30

Drum Majors: Scott Wintrip & Chip Kolesar

Board of Directors

  • Art Drukenbrod, Ralph McCauley, Ted Swaldo, Tom Wagner, Brad Gessner, Chuck Stan, Terry Stan, Dennis Hicks, John Baum, Chuck Michel, Bob Walls, Phil Zampino

Management Staff

  • Executive Director: Ted Swaldo
  • Administrative Director: Neil Johnson
  • Booster Club President: Tom Wagner
  • Treasurer: Jim Reese
  • Secretary: Mary Ellen Hoffman
  • Transportation: Ray Hunter
  • Equipment Maintenance: Phil Booth
  • Public Relations: Terry Stan
  • Equipment: Phil Booth
  • Attendance Coordinators: Marilyn Booth & Penny Maxwell
  • Food Service: Betty McCauley & Sandy Poglitsh
  • Souvenirs: Iva Johnson
  • Medical: Ray Hunter
  • Uniforms: Linda Long
  • Security: Jay Pillo
  • Newsletter: Rod Hoffman
Instructional Staff
  • Program Director: Larry Hershman
  • Staff Coordinator: Brett Mascaro
  • Brass
    • Arranger: Frank Dorritie
    • Supervisory Consultant: Dave Rohrer
    • Chairman: Bill Hamilton
    • Instructors: Kevin Armbruster, Marty Hollister, Doug Eckley
  • Percussion
    • Arranger: Charley Poole
    • Supervisory Consultant: Jim Dugan
    • Chairman: Jay Webb
    • Instructors: Rob Bowman, Shelly Irvine, Fred Morris
  • Color Guard
    • Chairman: Kelly Stemple
    • Instructors: Tom Sipe, Tony Barrino
  • Marching & Maneuvering
    • Drill Designer: Steve Brubaker
    • Chairman: Dennis Hicks
    • Instructors: Scott Swaldo, Jim Shade, John Hinkle

Rehearsal Facilities:

  • Off-Season: Boys Club, Souers Junior High School
  • Pre-Season: Walsh College, University of Akron “Rubber Bowl”

Corps Fees & Dues: $75 member dues, $1.25/meal fee (camps and summer tour)

Touring Fleet: 4 1960’s GMC buses: 265, 266 (staff), 267 & 268, Equipment truck & trailer, Food truck & trailer, Souvenir Van and trailer.

Tour Schedule & Results:

To see the placements and scores of all corps at shows listed below,
click here then scroll to the date and location of the show on that page.
Date Show Place Score
Fri, June 17 Whitewater, WI DCM 2 65.5
Sat, June 18 Palatine, IL DCM 1 69.6
Sun, June 19 Normal, IL DCM 5 63.8
Mon, June 20 Mishawaka, IN DCM 2 66.6
Tue, June 21 Saginaw, MI DCM 2 69.0
Thu, June 23 Toledo, OH DCM 1 67.8
Fri, June 24 Milwaukee, WI DCM 2 62.7
Sat, June 25 Milwaukee WI – Parade & Free Day
Sun, June 26 Goshen, IN DCM 2 71.7
Mon, June 27 Youngstown, OH DCM 2 72.0
Tue, June 28 Innovations IN BRASS Canton, OH DCM 1 75.0
Fri, July 01 Greensburg, PA DCE 2 71.9
Sat, July 02 Hershey, PA DCE 2 72.3
Sun, July 03 Hershey, PA “FUN DAY”
Mon, July 04 Baltimore, MD – 3 Parades & Exhibition
Wed, July 06 Cary, NC DCE 1 71.1
Thu, July 07 Salem, VA DCE 2 70.0
Fri, July 08 Midlothian, VA DCE 2 74.3
Sun, July 10 Hanover, PA DCE 2 74.8
Mon, July 11 Canton, Ohio – PRACTICE
Tue, July 12 Canton, Ohio – PRACTICE
Wed, July 13 Canton, Ohio – PRACTICE
Fri, July 15 DeKalb, IL – PRACTICE
Sat, July 16 DCM Championships DeKalb IL  – PRELIMS 5 77.8
Sat, July 16 DCM Championships DeKalb IL – FINALS RECAP  5 78.3
Sat, July 23 Canton, Ohio – PRACTICE
Sun, July 24 Canton, Ohio – PRACTICE
Mon, July 25 Canton, Ohio – PRACTICE
Tue, July 26 Erie, PA DCI 3 79.9
Wed, July 27 Canton, OH DCM 2 80.2
Thu, July 28 Bellevue, OH DCM 1 82.7
Sat, July 30 DCI Canada Hamilton ONT – PRELIMS | RECAP  4 82.7
Sat, July 30 DCI Canada Hamilton ONT  – FINALS | RECAP  4 83.0
Mon, Aug 01 Cleveland, OH DCI 3 81.2
Wed, Aug 03 Morgantown, WV DCI 3 83.8
Thu, Aug 04 West Chester, PA DCI 3 85.4
Fri, Aug 05 Garfield, NJ DCI 3 85.0
Sat, Aug 06 DCI East  Allentown PA – PRELIMS RECAP  6 85.9
Sat, Aug 06 DCI East  Allentown PA – FINALSRECAP  6 85.4
Mon, Aug 08 Vincent, OH DCI 3 86.7
Tue, Aug 09 Columbus, OH DCI 3 87.2
Wed, Aug 10 Bloomington, IN DCI 4 87.6
Fri, Aug 12 Des Plaines, IL DCI 3 87.1
Sat, Aug 13 DCI Mid-America St. Louis MO DCI 3 88.4
Mon, Aug 15 Omaha, NE DCI 3 89.3
Fri, Aug 19 DCI World Championship Semifinals Kansas City MO RECAP  11 88.6
Sat, Aug 20 DCI World Championship Finals Kansas City MO RECAP  11 86.7

Last updated March 6, 2017

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