The Legend of the Silver Penny

Posted on January 02, 2017
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Legend of the Silver Penny For members of the Bluecoats, your first real arrival into the ranks is when you are given your blue shoelace.  All winter long rookies see coins jangling around the necks of veterans on that blue shoelace.  This year the shoelace, and the change that comes with it, turns 25 years old.  Members of the Bluecoats who complete a season receive a silver penny from that year to wear on a blue

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Alumni Feature: Celeste Cooning

Posted on December 18, 2016
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Category : Alumni, Alumni Feature, News

Celeste Cooning marched in the Bluecoats color guard from 1994-1998. Originally from Warsaw, Indiana, she now calls Seattle, Washington her home. A graduate of Indiana University and University of Washington, Celeste is a visual artist working predominantly in cut paper. Her work has graced the Seattle-Tacoma Airport, Starbucks, Seattle’s Jackson Park, Zoe Juniper Dance Company, and Kinesis Project in NYC.

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Alumni Feature: Kevin Armbruster

Posted on November 28, 2016
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Kevin Armbruster got his drum corps fix started before age 10, when the Marion Cadets sent their feeder corps to nearby town for a parade.  Kevin was hooked, and drum corps was in his future plans even at a young age.  Fortunately for the Bluecoats, Kevin’s family soon moved to Canton, Ohio and a lo and behold, new drum corps was starting up in 1972.  The McKinley High School band member jumped in with the corps playing soprano.

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Past Directors react to Championship

Posted on November 26, 2016
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Recently one of our Founders, Ralph McCauley, was delivered a surprise at his home: a 2016 Championship ring.  Daughter, and former member, Beth McCauley shared the news and pictures for alumni (see right). While hundreds of young prospects hit the floor in November to audition for the 2017 Bluecoats.  We take this moment to look back at what our former directors had to say about winning a World Championship in 2016. Ralph McCauley (one of

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Bloo Christmas Scholarship Drive!

Posted on November 09, 2016
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Thanks to those who over the past week donated to the #bloo17 Scholarship Drive! We raised a nice amount for those members who may be financially in need for this season and in the process got a little something for the stockings over the chimney!

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Rhythm IN BLUE announces 2017 plans

Posted on November 01, 2016
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Bluecoats Rhythm IN BLUE Announces Exciting 2017 Organizational Structure  November 1, 2017. The World Champion Bluecoats alumni performance organization, Rhythm IN BLUE has announced its organizational structure and plans for 2017.  Rhythm IN BLUE is comprised of three performance ensembles, the all-alumni, summer performing Legacy Arc, a locally produced small music and visual ensemble called Curbside and a growing DCI SoundSport group. Jay Wise, who enters his fourth year as the Director of the organization, will

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Alumni Feature: Bob Rohrbaugh

Posted on September 09, 2016
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Bob Rohrbaugh marched in Bluecoats from 1974 to 1977.  His first performance was the Bluecoats’ first judged competition and Bob’s last performance was the corps first DCI prelim appearance in Boulder, Colorado in 1977.  Bob notes many fond memories from those beginning years, but a few stand out. 

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2016 Canton Repository Bluecoats Coverage

Posted on September 01, 2016
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The Canton Repository did an outstanding job covering the 2016 season, you can look back on the stories through these links!  (NOTE: The Repository only allows you to access 7 articles a month for free per web browser). June 24, 2016: Canton Bluecoats take first place at season-opening performance June 28, 2016: Canton Bluecoats win second event of busy season June 29, 2016: Canton Bluecoats run season-opening win streak to 4 events July 7, 2016: Canton Bluecoats perform

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