1994 Bluecoats: Blues

  • Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Duke Ellington)
  • Blues for Alice (Duke Ellington)
  • In a Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)
  • Sandu (Duke Ellington)
  • C-Jam Blues (Duke Ellington)

Competitive Result: 9th Place in Drum Corps International

Season Synopsis: The 1994 season stands as a unique one for the organization, as a couple of unusual events happened during tour and radically different uniform accouterments.  For the first time in corps history, Innovations in Brass was not held outside.  And in one of the few occasions it was also not judged. The corps hosted Star of Indiana’s inaugural efforts to create a different drum corps event off the field, with an inside Brass Theater (before it would be remade as Blast!).  Throughout the season a movie production company visited with cameras to film a documentary of the corps.  The hopes were to launch a major motion picture about a 1991 Bluecoat member who returned from service in Iraq with a partial foot, using the documentary as a way to build audiences. While the movie never got off the ground, the 1994 corps enjoyed a robust tour schedule of 32 shows in Drum Corps Midwest, Drum Corps East and DCI, including feature performances at home in Canton for Pro Football Hall of Fame events.  The uniform accouterments? The simple white sash that had adorned a Bluecoats uniform for all but three years of its existence was replaced with an overlay of three colors to give the sash some panache.  It was dubbed “jazz sash” and lasted just this one season.  Musically, the corps continued its move away from big band stylings and investigated the bluesy side of the Duke. While most of the show showed off more subtle jazz stylings, it finished with a resounding, toe-tapping, shout chorus of C Jam Blues and kept the top 12 tradition alive of repeating the previous year’s finish.  In eight DCI Championship appearances, the corps had now finished 11th, 11th, 8th, 8th, 11th, 11th, 9th and now 9th again.

Drum Major: Charles Stewart

Management Staff

  • Corps Director: Bill Hamilton
  • Business Manager: Ted Swaldo
  • Operations Director: Ken Dahl
Board of Directors : Bill Tietjen (President), Brad Gessner (Vice President), Tom Wagner (Treasurer), Ted Swaldo (Secretary), Linda Swaldo (Asst. Sec.), Robert  Young (Member), Terry Stan (Member), Jerry Brown (Member), Phil Booth (Member), Don Bigler (Member), Art Drukenbrod (Member), William Maling (Member), Millard Long (Member), Elaine McCrimmon (Member), William Maling (Member), Larry Hershman (Member)
Instructional Staff
  • Musical Director: Bruce McConnell
  • Program Coordinator: Ed Turner
  • Brass
    • Instructors: Doug Thrower, Troy Thrower, Bob Graff, Jamie Oatt, Dave MacKinnon
  • Percussion 
    • Instructors: Bobby Jones, Rodney Smith, Chad Gay, Brian Love, Eric Hubble, Brian Meyer, Matt Baccoli
  • Color Guard
    • Instructors: Lorenzo Medrano, Andrea Meyer, Tina Psaros
  • Visual Staff
    • Drill Designer: John Sanchez
    • Instructors: Brian Bambauer, Steve Collins, Chris Fisher, Jamie Holley, Steve McCartney
Management Staff
  • Food Service: Don & Lois Bigler (Chairs),  Charlie & Joann Rigano, Bob & Janet Hamstead, Brenda Thrower
    • Volunteers: Michael & Dinah Armey, Maureen Bausher, Charles & Becky Bel, Penny Billings, Rodney & Judy Bowling, Julie Cooning, James & Judy Cunningham, Cindy Dapore, Ann Estes, Morris & Mary Fisher, Jeanne Fulkerson, Judy Gardner, Jim, Lucy & Estelle Gore, Robert & Joan Guthrie, Suzette Halter, John & Lisa Heckman, Larry Hershman & Friends, Tracey Haskins, Elaine Jamal, Mrs. Sally L Kell, Barb Lindquist, Gayle Ramsey, Walt, Kathy & Adam Street, Joan Sturgill, Mrs. Stickney, Annette Tanner, Vette & Linda Toliusis, Peg & Chuck Weir
  • Souvenirs: Brad Gessner (Chair), Fred Morris, John & Suzanne Yerkey, Sheila Cingolani, Lou Sikora, Jay & Ellen Wise
  • Drivers: Jerry Brown (Chair)
    • Fred Bausher, Gloria Bond, Dave Brown, John Buzille, Bill Duff, Joann Feather, Dan Filler, Mark Galay, John Gardner, John Gardner Jr., Judy Gardner, Don Hines, Jay & Penny Pillo, Mark Roberts, Ted Swaldo, Scott Swaldo, Doug Tanner, Bill Tietjen, Tom Wagner
  • Uniforms: Rudy & Sandy Poglitsh (chairs),
    • Mike & Cheri Laco, Lenor Maddon, Marilyn Parker, Fran Brown, Barb Campbell, John & Brenda Mayo, Wayne Miller, Scotty & Ryan Parker, Bobbi Plagens, Mrs. Stickney, Marleen Wagner

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

Tour Results:

to see the placements and scores of all corps at a show listed click here
Date Show Place Score
June 21 Otsego, MI DCM | RECAP 4 59.00
June 23 Beavercreek OH  DCM | RECAP 3 62.10
June 24 Winchester, KY  DCM | RECAP 2 62.40
June 25 Canton, OH Innovations In Brass |Star of Indiana, Canadian Brass Exhibition
June 28 Pittsburgh PA DCE 3 60.80
June 29 Charleston, WV DCE  3 62.60
July 2 Clifton, NJ DCE | RECAP 4 67.00
July 3 Bristol, RI DCE  4 66.80
July 4 Wakefield MA DCE  3 68.50
July 4 Wakefield MA two parades 
July 7 Syracuse NY DCE  2 75.80
July 8 Kingston NY DCE  3 65.40
July 9 DCE Championships Boston MA DCE | RECAP 4 68.40
July 16 Hershey PA DCE | RECAP 2 71.00
July 17 Columbus OH DCI | RECAP 3 71.40
July 19 Evansville IN DCI | RECAP 5 71.40
July 21 Fairfield OH DCI  3 74.80
July 22 Sevierville TN DCI 2 76.80
July 23 DCI SOUTH Nashville TN DCI | RECAP 4 74.60
July 29 Preview of Champions Prelims Madison  WI DCI | RECAP 9 77.70
July 30 Preview of Champions Finals Madison  WI DCI | RECAP 9 77.50
August 2 Ypsilanti MI DCI | RECAP 3 79.00
August 3 Centerville OH DCI | RECAP 5 80.30
August 5 Pro Football Hall of Fame Ball at the Hall Canton OH Exhibition
August 6 DCI North Massillon OH DCI | RECAP 5 80.20
August 8 Huntington WV DCI  5 79.70
August 10 Bellevue OH PA DCI  5 79.70
August 11 Glen Falls NY DCI  4 83.00
August 12 Montreal QUE DCI  3 82.90
August 15 Rome NY DCI  5 83.90
August 18 DCI World Championships Quarter Finals Boston MA DCI | RECAP 2 84.10
August 20 DCI World Championships Semi Finals Boston MA DCI RECAP 10 84.10
August 21 DCI World Championships  Boston MA DCI RECAP 9 84.30


Last updated December 22, 2017

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