1990 Bluecoats

Program: The Music of Duke Ellington

  • Caravan (Juan Tizol)
  • I Got it Bad and That Ain’t Good (Duke Ellington)
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington)
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing (Duke Ellington)

Season Synopsis: For the first time in corps history, the show followed a singular theme.  Maintaining the Big Band Swing that put the corps on the activity roadmap, 1990 is fondly recalled by many in the activity as one of the most “listenable” shows.  A 38 show tour had the corps in and out of Drum Corps Midwest and Drum Corps East in the first half of the season, including nine shows within Ohio.  The corps fielded the largest horn line in corps history at 72 brass and it was the most competitive of the captions.  At DCI Midwest Finals in late July, the horn line placed 2nd on the field to Blue Devils, besting Cavaliers and Phantom Regiment.  At the U.S. Open, the horn line tied the Cadets, the eventual DCI champion, in Field Brass nine days out from finals.  But the week leading up to, and including Finals, saw the Bluecoats, Crossmen and Madison Scouts trade the 7th through 9th spots, with the Bluecoats finishing 9th in Semifinals but jumping up to 8th in Finals.

Competitive Result: 8th Place in Drum Corps International

Season Accolades:

  • Tied highest score: 90.3 (quarterfinals and semifinals)
  • Most shows in a season: 38

Drum Majors: Brian Bambauer & Chip Kolesar

Management Staff

  • Executive Director: Ted Swaldo
Instructional Staff
  • Program Director: Larry Hershman
  • Brass
    • Arranger: Jay Dawson
    • Supervisory Consultant: Dave Rohrer
    • Chairman: Bill Hamilton
    • Instructors: Marty Hollister, Jay Wise,
  • Percussion
    • Arranger: Robb Muller
    • Supervisory Consultant: Jim Dugan
    • Front Ensemble Arranger: Bruce McConnell
    • Instructors: Rick Brown, Glen Carter, Fred Morris, Todd Liles, Amy Savage
  • Color Guard
    • Chairman: Ed Casetlli
    • Instructors: Joe Keferl
  • Marching & Maneuvering
    • Drill Designer: Steve Brubaker
    • Supervisory Consultant: Dr. Tim Ochran
    • Instructors: Sly Sybilski, Steve Linley

Touring Fleet: 4 1970’s MCI buses: 721, 722 (staff), 723, 724, Equipment truck & trailer, Food truck & trailer, Souvenir Van and trailer.

Tour Results:

Date Show Place Score
June 15 Indianapolis IN DCM 3 67.80
June 16 Canton OH DCM 3 64.30
June 17 Wadsworth OH DCM 2 65.00
June 18 Columbus OH DCM 3 65.20
June 19 Touch of Glass Port Clinton OH DCM 2 67.60
June 20 Wyandotte MI DCM 3 67.30
June 22 Milwaukee WI DCM 3 65.00
June 23 Whitewater WI DCM 3 67.10
June 24 Charleston IL DCM 3 68.90
June 27 Otsego MI DCM 1 71.40
July 1 Independence Classic Philadelphia PA DCE 3 72.60
July 3 Bristol RI DCE 1 74.90
July 4 Spirit of Freedom Invitational Chelmsford MA DCE 2 74.00
July 6 Wilmington DE DCE 3 71.20
July 7 Hershey Spectacular Hershey PA DCE 4 72.60
July 14 Drums on Parade Madison WI DCM 3 77.40
July 15 The Show of Shows Rockford IL DCM 4 76.20
July 18 Carbondale IL DCM 2 75.10
July 20 DCM Championships Prelims DeKalb IL DCM 5 78.30
July 21 DCM Championships DeKalb IL DCM 5 78.70
July 23 Drums Across the Midlands Omaha NE DCI 3 81.90
July 24 Celebration in Brass Ankeny IA DCI 2 81.60
July 25 Drum Beauty Stillwater MN DCI 3 80.30
July 28 DCI Midwest Prelims Whitewater WI DCI 4 80.50
July 28 DCI Midwest  Whitewater WI DCI (recap) 4 82.80
July 30 Pageant of Champions Columbus OH DCI 2 84.30
July 31 Canton OH DCM 2 83.10
Aug 2 Lake Erie Fanfare Erie PA DCI 3 80.10
Aug 5 Blue Water Brass Port Huron MI DCI 3 83.60
Aug 7 Soaring Sounds Dayton OH DCI 3 84.60
Aug 8 Queen City Classic Cincinnati OH DCI 3 85.10
Aug 9 U.S. Open Marion OH DCI (recap) 3 86.70
Aug 11 DCI Mid-America Bloomington IN DCI 4 86.50
Aug 12 Cherries Jubilee in Brass Bellevue OH DCI 3 86.60
Aug 13 Maple City Sound Hornell NY DCI 2 88.20
Aug 16 DCI World Championships Quarter Finals Buffalo NY DCI (recap) 8 90.30
Aug 17 DCI World Championships Semi Finals Buffalo NY DCI (recap) 9 90.30
Aug 18 DCI World Championships Buffalo NY DCI (recap) 8 89.20
Last updated April 9, 2017

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